Chalk is the three-piece project of Irish musicians and now Academy Award winning filmmakers Ross Cullen Benedict Goddard and Luke Niblock. The band was formed in 2019 after they met whilst studying film and realised they shared the same musical vision and ambitions. The trio sprung out of the gates live, supporting London’s PVA in Dublin for their first ever show, before selling out their debut hometown headline in Belfast and embarking on a UK/IRE tour starting on the 6th May. The tour included two full capacity shows as part of the First Fifty at Brighton’s ‘The Great Escape’ Festival.
With the release of their debut EP ‘Conditions’, the band interweave their industrial noise/techno hybrid soundscape and the monochromatic gothic visual landscape they have created for themselves in an evocative and seamless manner.
The anthemic titular track ‘Conditions’ represents Chalk’s exploration of everything life brings to us as human beings, both in our dreams and in our relationships, the deflating and the uplifting, the past and the future. It’s about the seemingly eternal struggle to find out who we really are as people, wrestling to discover what our purpose is… and where we belong in this world.
“The love of the dance scene meets the love of raw darkly atmospheric noise” – Steve Lamacq, BBC 6 Music
“A band full of TNT… a sucker punch of a blow to the chest. Such an exciting starting point” – Jack Saunders, BBC Radio 1
“An utterly captivating sonic environment. It’s post-punk for the end of the world” – Jonah Krueger, Consequence of Sound
“Unlike anything heard so far in 2023. One of the best punk releases of the year” – Dale Maplethorpe, Gigwise