Just last week, the Philadelphia rock group Split/Red dropped its newest LP, Serious Heft. The title is no joke; full to the brim with heavy guitar riffs and an eccentric songwriting approach not unlike the Mars Volta, the album grabs the listener by the throat and doesn’t let go.
This is aided in large part by the lyrical themes and inspiration for the music. Ed Ricart of New Atlantis Records explains, “Serious Heft was mostly composed during various trips to El Salvador. Inspired by the witness of heroic liberation theologians and freedom fighters, the record is informed by domestic oppression, injustice, and cultural repression. Fittingly, the medium here is punk rock that is unfiltered and untarnished by mainstream contrivances and compromises.”
Below you can watch the video for “Road to Aguilares (for Rutilio Grande)”, a track dedicated to the El Salvadorian liberation theologian Rutilio Grande.
Serious Heft is out now via New Atlantis.
Catch Split/Red at any of the dates below:
10/25—Northern Spy & Clandestine Media Present an Unofficial CMJ Day Party @ Trans-Pecos
Split/Red w/ Shilpa Ray, Yonatan Gat (Monotonix), Zula, and more
10/31—Young Rapids Halloween Party w/ Native America, Split Red, Anthony Pirog Trio @ The Paperhaus, Washington D.C.
11/02—SPLIT/RED (Rec. Release) w/ THE BAD DOCTORS, BLOWDRYER- Johnny Brenda’s, Philladelphia, PA