(This video clip is from an interview with Axl in early January 2012, prior to the recording of Haunted and Alone, about why he started The Challis Effect, what the EP's songs are all about, where the name came from, and more...)
Sometimes it's time for a change. Sometimes there's a whole different side of an artist that they need to express. And sometimes...they do it because they can.
That's the decision Boise, Idaho native Matthew "Axl" Brammer made in late 2011 after spending 10+ years in death metal, black metal, and grindcore bands. After compiling softer acoustic pieces and lyrics that had fallen by the wayside and gotten stored in the vault, taking less priority over the heavier material, Axl decided to create The Challis Effect, an acoustic based rock project that would have the capability of being powerful, yet minimalistic. No bs, just some good acoustic stuff.
Haunted and Alone, a seven-track acoustic demo, was released in January 2012 and is streaming for free on Youtube and Vampirefreaks, and is available for free download via Bandcamp, Mediafire and Dropbox...and has been met with a huge and positive response. A music video for "Goodbye to You" and An EP/album is scheduled for late 2012; however, the project has turned to Kickstarter for help in remedying production and equipment expenses that are postponing further activity, including physical production of Haunted and Alone, merch, hiring promoters, and the recording of the next release. TCE wants to keep giving away music but is running out of funding quickly for further projects and is asking the fans for help! The current, bare-minimum budget for merch, the upcoming album, and the physical release of the current EP is just over $4k, and they're not even close to being able to muster that kind of dough. Anything extra we'll be able to raise will go into merch and additional production, as well as bonus giveaways to Kickstarter contributors and everyone who made this thing happen.
Feel free to stop by any of the web pages to the right and talk to Axl personally, or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.