Chastity Enlists Dallas Green, Stefan Babcock, Ellis to Unearth Fleeting Happiness on 'Suffer Summer'

Brandon Williams' new album arrives today via Dine Alone Records/Deathwish
Chastity Enlists Dallas Green, Stefan Babcock, Ellis to Unearth Fleeting Happiness on 'Suffer Summer'
Isolation, world-weariness and resilience are all forcibly large parts of our lives at this moment — and Whitby prodigy Chastity (a.k.a. Brandon Williams) has a passionate musical grasp on these straws: his new album Suffer Summer arrives today via Dine Alone Records/Deathwish.

"We've all been sick this last year and a half; everyone I know is feeling fucked," Williams said of his latest record in a statement. "We survive through each other — through being close with each other and finding community and a sense of purpose in our friendships."

On Suffer Summer, the singer-songwriter is here to be a sympathetic ear and accountability partner. The album follows 2019's Home Made Satan and 2018's Death Lust before it. Most of the songs were written in 2019, when Williams had the opportunity to tour with the likes of Fucked Up, Alexisonfire and DIIV, and found himself inspired to take creative leaps.

He went on to enlist synergistic collaborators in longtime Chastity supporter, Stefan Babcock of PUP, as well as Alexisonfire/City and Colour's Dallas Green — who lends his voice to the album's lush centrepiece — and Williams' partner, Linnea Siggelkow of Ellis. After whittling 24 tracks down to 10, 2020 saw the album recorded in fits and bursts.

Suburbia-evoking lead single "Dying to Live" arrived last (suffer) summer, followed by "Pummeling," "Somersault" and "Vicious Circle." Today, Williams rises from the asphalt to provide the sun-soaked collection in full and meditate on the fleeting nature of joy.

"Years before the first two albums of the trilogy were out, I tweeted 'suffer summer' — this album's name," the emo prophet said. "This is a record about happiness and how temporary it always is. I've been thinking about this record for years and I'm happy it's finally here today; and even if the happiness is temporary, today I'll take it!"

Stream Suffer Summer on your platform of choice below.

Read Exclaim!'s review of the album, which made our 32 Most Anticipated Albums of 2022 list.