Alex, Sean, Derek, Drew

Photo by Karlin Villondo Photography

The Split Seconds burst onto the Washington DC punk rock scene in 2015 contributing their distinctive blend of 70's-style punk mixed with undertones of classic pop, rock, and reggae. Rapidly, the Split Seconds garnered a reputation for being one of the tightest and most entertaining acts in DC. A stellar set at Upstart Fest brought The Split Seconds to the attention of Altercation Records who signed the band in 2016.

The Split Seconds' 2017 debut album "Center of Attention" highlighted the band's ability to write bold and catchy tunes with a raw edge. Critical acclaim and positive fan feedback helped the group land sets at SXSW and The Fest, as well as opening spots for The Menzingers, Comeback Kid, and The Queers.

The band’s 2018 release, "Counterfeit Reality," doubled down on punchy songs with big hooks, and showcased a new level of musical and lyrical depth. Featured on outlets including Sirius XM, Alternative Press, and Punknews, the success of “Counterfeit Reality” led to a run on the 2018 Vans Warped Tour and a second appearance at The Fest. Going into 2019 The Split Seconds will be sharing the stage with the likes of Rancid, The Hives, and The Damned at Punk Rock Bowling in addition to touring and preparing for another release.


"DC punk-rock sound distilled"

- Mark Jenkins, The Washington Post

“Reminiscent of classic punks such as the Clash, this D.C. punk outfit are angry, sarcastic and ready to call the government out on its bullshit. “Impulsive Automatic” is from the band’s sophomore record Counterfeit Reality and is no exception to the band’s status quo.”

- Devon Hannan, Alt Press

“Possibly the best new band to make the scene in the last few years, technically and lyrically on a higher level than 90% of what’s going on today.“

- Joe Grimm, New Noise

“A tough, street savvy mix of the crisp, melodic punk power of the Buzzcocks, the working class spirit of Stiff Little Fingers and the activism of the Clash.”

- Paul Carr, Pop Matters

“Listening to Counterfeit Reality is like listening to an old Ramones record. The stripped down, bold punk rock sound really shines through and makes The Split Seconds stand out in the current punk rock scene.”

- Anna Fair, Music Unlabeled

“They take simplicity and rev it up with a little modern pop-punk - short, simple, and sweet.”

- John Gentile, Punknews.org

"Fast and heavy pop punk from the nation’s capital. Heavy, catchy, and emotive music. The Split Seconds stand out as a band ready to take the world by storm."

- Jeff Orrence, Glory in Sound

“This is punk... I want to sound like this band: hell, I want to be this band, they are that good. These guys are from DC and it shows.”

- Phil King, Audio Fuzz

"Catchy hooks, hard hitting riffs, and good old fashion punk rock melodies"

- Outcast Magazine

"The Split Seconds release a great punk record, with some subtle but great melodies with big choruses that live will make for some great singalongs in the future - an infectious record with a bounce that continues until the end of their self titled."

- Thinking Lyrically

“set to do the business”

- Steve Janes, WithGuitars