The Split Seconds’ sophomore album “Counterfeit Reality” is a welcome throwback to ‘70s punk in a very pop heavy scene. With melodic guitars and rough vocals that give the album its distinctive edge, The Split Seconds make themselves known with this smashing record, available June 8.
Counterfeit Reality is a breath of fresh air in the punk rock scene, with a sound coming at you straight from the past. Unmistakable influences from the Clash and other early punk rockers drive the band’s unique sound, especially in songs like “Dirty Shirley.”
The Split Seconds clearly separate themselves from their influences though, even while sampling classic riffs from other decades (“Get the Hell off the Beach,” “Dear Cynthia”). Part of their unique sound includes the rough, almost gravelly vocals from both lead and backing vocalists. These vocals are raw and impactful, evoking emotion while conveying that classic IDGA* attitude that’s at the basis of punk rock.
Matching perfectly with the vocals are the lyrics. Simple yet creative and catchy, all the songs on Counterfeit Reality have a certain sing-ability. It doesn’t take long to catch the lyrics and listeners will find themselves wanting to sing along wherever they are while the rhythmic guitars will get them moving their feet.
There’s a wide range of emotion behind the songs, from “Punk Rock Blacklist” that seems more silly and fun to “Dear Cynthia” which can be interpreted as calling back to a past encounter. Even “Little Lizzie Icepick” can be considered a take on feminism, though ultimately the meaning of the songs (as with all songs) can be up for interpretation.
The album is an easy listen and stellar record overall. In a scene increasingly infiltrated by pop, The Split Seconds offer a refreshing new sound by channeling the past. Counterfeit Reality is a great listen for anyone looking for something new and old at the same time.