The Splits: The Splits (P.Trash records)
Much has been made about Savages this year â not least on this very site â but what if there is an even angrier, punkier, meaner all girl group out there, one who gob in the worldâs face and play like theyâll fall apart before the end of each track? Welcome to The Splits.
Punk may be a hard sell in 2012 but Finlandâs The Splitsâ debut comes kicking and screaming with a reminder of what made punk PUNK in the first place âfast, raw, energetic and hammered home with considerable force.
So far, so clichÃ©, but frontwoman Kiti elevates things to another level. She may scream her way through, but behind the throat shredding delivery (in particular on âDonât Fearâ) there are melodies which wouldnât be out of place on a 60s girl band record. Her voice is eerily enticing, and the vocal hooks and choruses lend a Ramones-like catchiness to the songs, making them undeniably pop, delivered the best way – through layers of fuzz. Of course, as with all the best bands, what sheâs actually singing is pretty much anybodyâs guess. Sheâs angry though.
The record sounds like it was made live, and recorded in a garage on about two microphones, which actually suits it very nicely – you can imagine the sweat coming down the walls already. Naturally it also sounds like it could have been made anytime between 1977 and last week. Points like that would usually go against a band, but while nothing on this album is a completely new concept, it somehow sounds fresh and a relief against how heavily involved a lot of âalternativeâ music is today. Tracks like âGhostsâ, âBroken Arrowâ and âNo Way Outâ will burrow into your head and stay there for weeks.
Boys, boys, boys, gazing at your navels and playing with your effects pedals. Sigh, I always knew a bunch of girls would come and kick your asses.
The Splits are on tour at the end of this month with The Love Triangle, check âem out:
November 29th: Manchester at The Bay Horse with Sex Hands and The Hipshakes
November 30th: Leeds at Wharf Chambers with Broken Arm and City Yelps
December 1st: London at The Horatia with Thee Spivs
December 2nd: High Wycombe at The Roundabout (2pm matinee show)
December 2nd: London at Limazulu, Manor House (evening show)
All words by Andy Tillet. More work by Andy on Louder Than War can be found here.