This 4 song demo from Local band Cheeksplitter recently crossed my path, and for some strange reason I really liked it when I first heard it. It sounds like it was recorded on a shitty boom box that was submerged in a toilet full of brightness, but underneath all that shittiness of the recording, there is definitely something going on there. Cheeksplitter play a metallic tinged crusty Punk sound ala Amebix, Dirt, Conflict, or some other sort of U.K. spiky haired Punk band with harshly screamed out vocals and D-Beats galore. Song titles like Gerrymandering and Make American Great Again tell you they got something important and urgent to say. It's almost hard to believe that this demo is a Local band. Where the fuck did these guys (and girl I think) come from?
The drummer on this 4 song demo hold everything together, which is important since this tinny recording is all vocals and drums only. The guitars and bass are there, but they're really fuzzy and distorted and lacking any real power. Nope, it's the machine gun steady bang bang bang of the drummer that propels Cheeksplitter into easy transactions from 1,2-1,2 thrash to 4 on the floor tribal breakdown beats, and into the ethos of being a really good band with a promising future. I can't really tell if it's a guy or a girl singing / screaming out the vocals, but they sure sound sick and brutal as fuck. Some real throat shredding going on here. I think it's a girl. I don't know, and it really doesn't matter when you get right down to it, because whoever it is, they make this demo stand out from all the other horse shit I usually get from Local bands, so Kudos! to you on that. I like this demo. Cheeksplitter is definitely a band worth checking out. They're hard, fast, angry, young, and that combination is sure hard to beat. Again, this recording tone and quality wise is complete dog shit, but if you listen beyond that, you'll here some pretty good tunes in this 9 minute burst of rage and fury. Can't wait to hear this band with a proper recording.