Helsinki’s The Splits had big combat shoes to fill after their debut. Having heard “LPII” a bunch of times now, I think it’s fair to say that they delivered. For 25 minutes they get up in your face with a lot of energy and lead vocalist Kiti coming off like a lovelorn version of Courtney Love. But seeing as they have a knack for writing absolutely gorgeous melodies, you won’t mind.
As soon as opening track “Rotten Me” kicks things off, you know you are going to be in for a treat. The same goes for “No Time”, the snarly “End Is Near” and “Melody”, which comes with plenty of back up ahhs and an even more ferocious balls to the walls attitude.
Is this original music? No. Do we care? No. We happen to like garage-y punk a la Marked Men and Testors, especially when it’s played by ladies who give it their all and write badass songs.