Belfast’s Chalk release ‘Conditions II’ EP, out today (March 1st)

“Pairing post-punk’s staccato vocal delivery with the raw vitality of electronic music” DIY Magazine

 “A sheer bombardment of energy” NME 

“A riotous ball of whipping punk energy” Dork Magazine

 “For disciples of Black Midi… except in comparison, they are thunderous in their riffs. There is an immense atmosphere in the way this band plays” Jack Saunders, BBC Radio 1

Fresh from winning ‘Best Live Act’ at NI Music Prize 2023, Chalk relentless ascent continues to gather thrilling pace, with both lead singles ‘The Gate’ and ‘Claw’ landing on the BBC 6 Music playlist (alongside PJ Harvey, IDLES, Sampha) to kick off 2024, whilst widespread praise throughout the press community (The Independent, NME, DIY, Dork, Rolling Stone UK, So Young, The New Cue, Rough Trade, Consequence of Sound) has clearly positioned the trio at the very forefront of the emerging indie elite.


Inspired by the ferocity and live performance of Dublin’s guitar scene, coupled with the sweaty, hardcore dance landscape in their native Belfast, Chalk have already sold out multiple dates throughout the UK and Europe in recent times, as well as much-lauded slots at the likes of Reeperbahn Festival and Beyond The Music. With 2024 looking even busier on the live front, the three-piece are primed to head stateside for their debut appearance at SXSW next month, before their biggest UK headline tour to date and a series of Irish dates supporting fellow risers SPRINTS.

Speaking ahead of their second EP release, frontman Ross Cullen revealed: “We see ‘Conditions’ II as a natural evolution from our debut EP, ‘Conditions’. These new tracks are a product of our first year as a touring band. They were tried and tested at most of our shows before being taken into the studio. We wanted to expand upon existing themes and ideas we touched upon in our debut, but with this continuation, we could explore ourselves and the world we had created deeper, both lyrically and sonically.  In this second installment, we wanted to dive further into the electronic element of our music, bringing the experience of our live shows to our recordings.”

Produced by Chris Ryan (NewDad, Enola Gay, Just Mustard) and Ross Cullen, Chalk’s ‘Conditions II’ (EP) is out now via Nice Swan Records and available on all digital platforms.

Chalk is Ross Cullen (Vocals), Benedict Goddard (Guitar, Synth), Luke Niblock (Drums)


‘Conditions II’ Tracklist

01 – The Gate

02 – Claw

03 – Kevlar

04 – Bliss (ft. Fears)

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Live Dates

11th-16th Mar – SXSW

20th Mar – Hare & Hounds V2, Birmingham

21st Mar – Oslo, London

22nd Mar – Soup, Manchester

23rd Mar – Ritual Union, Bristol

25th Mar – Clwb lfor Bach, Cardiff

27th Mar – Green Door Store, Brighton

28th Mar – Hyde Park Book Club, Leeds

12th Apr – Limelight 2, Belfast

18th Apr – Dolans Warehouse, Limerick*

19th Apr – Roisin Dubh, Galway*

25th Apr – Supersonic, Paris

26th Apr – Printemps de Bourges, Bourges

27th Apr – Le Grand Mix, Tourcoig

3rd May – The Button Factory, Dublin*