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by Splinter Cake

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Teeth 03:03
Hallways 03:17
Oh Darling 02:36
Drag 02:01


"If you were involved in the southwest DIY scene from 2006-2010, you probably saw or heard Splinter Cake at a house show, basement or on a compilation alongside Nicole Kidman, Clark 8, or Andrew Jackson Jihad. If this is the case, you are probably only familiar with their folk punk-esque style, but there are so many sides to the brilliant artist formerly known as Splinter Cake and Snapped is my favorite of all. I remember hearing about this show at YOBS in Tempe, AZ where Kely sang and screamed over big band music in this manic/isolating sort of way. I heard most of the audience was NOT into it and left, but I feel like if I was there I would have been all wide-eyed, and studying everything that was happening. I remember thinking "damn, I hope Keli does that sort of performance again so I can see it, but out of the dozen or so times I saw Splinter Cake (all of which were inspiring and strange) I never got to see the jazz songs performed.

I asked Kely Dimas if there was ever another "snapped" performance and Keli said "I did the full thing once at the yobs show but occasionally played a track here and there lol" But thank goodness it was recorded. So I can listen to these 8 songs and daydream about how it went down over and over again.

Years later after going into another Splinter Cake rabbit hole, I felt inspired to organize the Unlimited Semiosis ( compilation on Related Records. Where all the artists added their own original lyrics over songs that were intended to be instrumentals."-Ryan Avery


released September 1, 2008

Originally released on Distant Colony Records in 2008

The original liner notes for this CDr read
"Some of these songs were composed by Benny Goodman, Harry James, and Woody Herman.

I was asked "broke, spent or bent"

so I told 'em "all three or four"

A humble thank you to Dain, my family, friends, everyone who's bummed me a smoke, Andy Kaufman, John Ratcliff, Lord Buckley and Nina Simone."


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