Split Lip Rayfield
With over a decade of recording and performing under its belt Split Lip Rayfield has demonstrated an uncanny ability to survive adverse conditions and swim against mainstream trends to emerge as one of the Midwest’s most uncompromising bands. Split Lip hasn’t just carved a niche, it’s sounded a firm and furiously independent tone that reverberates in the ears of music lovers from coast to coast. With four studio albums-including Never Make it Home and Should Have Seen It Coming- and the recent Live at the Cotillion Ballroom DVD under its belt, by any means necessary live performances (including appearances at the Telluride Bluegrass Festival, Wakarusa and road stints with Reverend Horton Heat and Nashville Pussy) and a four pronged attack of acoustic instrumentation, punk attitude and speed metal aggression, plus well-crafted songs (3.2 Flu, Redneck Tailgate Dream and Outlaw), Split Lip has stared into the face of adversity and survived. The death of SLR co-founder and guitarist Kirk Rundstrom in February 2007 deeply impacted the band members, but Rundstrom’s tireless spirit and determination inspired Jeff Eaton (gas tank bass/vocals), Eric Mardis (banjo/vocals) and Wayne Gottstine (mandolin/vocals) to continue advancing the SLR cause. In August the trio performed several regional dates to enthusiastic response- with the trademark blood and glory ethic as evident as ever-and decided that it was time to take to the road once more. “I’m excited to tour again,” Gottstine said “The four of us worked for 10 years as a band and we still enjoy making music together. Jeff and Eric are my favorite people to play with and we don’t want to give up on that.” With the band’s finest moment still on the horizon, doesn’t it seem time that you got hip, as they say, to the Lip?