Dead Split Egos are a unique hardcore-punk band from Chicago with music that bleeds personality. They’ve been around and putting out music since 2013, and are now playing with some new members and a touring drummer. The band consists of Nick and Brett on guitar and vocals, Kellie on bass, and Carl on drums with Lorenzo filling in. The second stop on their August tour was Union Haus in Allentown, where we got to catch up with them about their life, tour, and music.
Decaf Mag: How’s the tour going so far?
Nick: It’s really cool. We played in Toledo on Monday night and that show was really awesome. The last time we played in Toledo it was just as cool. We played at Franky’s Inner City.
DM: How many stops do you guys have left on the tour and what’s been your favorite so far?
N: We have four more shows. Going to Cedar Point in Ohio was really cool. It’s known for its roller coasters so it was a lot of fun. We’ve been wanting to go there for a little while
DM: What’s the weirdest thing that’s happened to you at a show?
N: So there was this really terrible band from Chicago that was on a show that we played, and we were letting them use our stuff. The guitarist of the band straight up peed while they were playing. It was the worst thing I’d ever seen in my life. He was actually peeing on the singer of the band. I don’t want to ever see anything like that again.
Kellie: Didn’t you wipe down everything after the show?
N: I did. Came home and disinfected all of my stuff.
Brett: Their vocalist also got very belligerent and drunk and sweaty and took a shirt off our table. It was just a bad time.
DM: So what are your plans when you get back from touring?
N: We’ve been writing, so we’re probably going to record sometime within the next couple of months. We have five or six new songs that are pretty much done and we’ll be playing a few of them on the tour. We’re excited to get back and get those out sometime this year.
DM: Do you guys have an album release date in mind?
B: Fall or Winter maybe, nothing concrete.
DM: Could you describe your sound in just a few words to somebody whose never heard you before?
N: A lot of people say we sound like bands like Expire and stuff so I’d say hardcore, punk, heavy.
B: Almost like metal influenced hardcore.
DM: What is your favorite piece of gear ever?
N: I really love my amp setup right now. I use an Orange 2×12 with an Egnater Renagade 65 head. I love that and I don’t think I’d ever get anything else.
K: Everywhere I go people complement me on the bass I use. It’s not actually my bass, but I love it. It’s an LTDB154, and it’s just a really cool teal color.
B: I found this vintage delay pedal for like fifteen bucks at this guitar shop by my house. I definitely don’t use it for its intended purpose because I just use it to make really crazy noises, and it’s good for that. I love it.
Lorenzo: It’d probably be my Sabian HHX ride.
DM: So what other bands do you guys look up to?
B: Every Time I Die
N: I really look up to the band Trash Talk a lot, they’re one of my favorite bands. They were one of the bands that made me want to put effort into a live show.
K: Code Orange is a cool band to look up to. They do a lot of experimental stuff.
DM: Are there any bands around currently that you really into or loved playing with?
B: Shout-out to Luca. They’re also from Chicago and their sound is similar to ours but a bit more melodic. They’re really cool dudes and their live show is so good. They sound huge for a local band.
N: Luca, Bleeding Gums, As We Once Were, Shoot The Messenger. I’m gonna forget people and they’re gonna get mad… Lorenzo is filling in for us on drums for this band called Three Years, so shout out to them and Lorenzo for really helping us out. There are a lot of cool bands from Chicago and I’m sure I’m forgetting a few but they’re all our friends and they’re all really cool.
DM: What’s your favorite song to play live?
K: For me, it’s this song called Kellie Bleeds. That’s not really the name of the song but it’s just kind of a place holder right now. It’s one of the newer ones. It’s because I joined the band and learned how to play bass not too long ago, and I would bleed every time I played. That’s why that’s the name of the song. But there’s a lot of cool faster parts in it and I feel like it’s different from the rest of the set.
B: When she started playing, she didn’t want to use a pick but she also didn’t know how to finger pick so she used the motion of using a pick but it would just be her fingers. It was like she cut off her finger every time. I had to force her to learn how to use a pick.
K: The blood would be like, all on the floor and just everywhere.
B: The bass still has old blood on it.
N: My favorite song live is a song we have called Locke. We usually open with it. I think it really sets the tone for the rest of the set and when we play it back home everyone gets really into it. It’s really cool to see that.
DM: Last question is a fun one! If you could be any animal in the world, what animal would you choose to be?
B: Either a seagull or a pigeon. But probably a seagull. Seagulls are like the pigeons of beaches. They don’t care about anything. Like if you’re an eagle you have to try really hard to be majestic. In terms of being a bird that’s probably a lot of work but seagulls get to hang out and eat free food and shit on cars.
L: For me I’d probably be a lion or any big cat.
N: I’d probably be a sloth. I wouldn’t say I’m lazy but I’d love to be lazy in another life. Just chill, hang up in the trees, sleep. It’d be awesome.
K: Everyone knows this, but I’d wanna be a cat. I love cats. Everybody in the band makes fun of me because I have a cat and I always talk about him and apparently I think he’s a human. But yeah, I’d be a cat.
Written by Jamie Kahn
Photos by Richard Miller