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artist The Split

Ottawa, ON, CANADA
Label Records
Soul, Neo-Soul

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For many of us, soul music is a fondness we just can’t shake, and finding “new” soul music often means digging deep into the crates for something fresh -- if you’ve found yourself in this situation, might we prescribe checking out THE SPLIT.

For the 7-piece ensemble homegrown in Canada’s capital, new life is breathed into the soulful sound you’ve been yearning for by stark ingenuity. The band’s break-out project Can’t Get Enough is energetically infused with guitar parts, horns and bass reminiscent of 60’s soul rock and 70’s soul funk, and features dreamy synth sequences that render its sound euphoric and entirely distinct.

THE SPLIT's original songs are both vivacious dance tunes as much as they are melancholic reflections on life and love. Lead singer Matt Chaffey’s smoky timbre elicits memories of Chess Records’ golden era, while poignantly expressing thoughts of loss, stress, heartbreak, and starting over. In sum, if you’ve been searching for a sound that reflects and distinctly re-imagines the best of soul music, look no further than THE SPLIT.

Working with the talented and experienced Ken Friesen (MonkeyJunk, The Tragically Hip, Great Big Sea et al.) and Phillip Victor Bova (Feist, Bahamas, Hilotrons et al.), THE SPLIT's debut EP Can’t Get Enough combines the mind-blowing vocals of frontman Matthew Chaffey, hard-hitting bass lines, and incredible horn tracks laid down by the legendary Texas Horns (Austin, TX). 

Can't Get Enough was released in March 2014 under Label Records (Ottawa, Canada).  

What people are saying about The Split:

…incredible pipes of Matthew Chaffey and the electric guitar dexterity of Curtis Chaffey…the result was a fresh and upbeat take on modern soul, with songs they’ve written themselves.”  - Lynn Saxberg (The Ottawa Citizen’s Digital Lounge)

Their groove is a melting pot of classic soul and 60s rock, with astonishing results…” – Festival International du Blues de Tremblant

This region’s most exciting new soul band featuring all-star musicians; highest recommendation possible…”   – The Black Sheep Inn (Wakefield, QC)

This band does not look like they sound.  The Split was soulful and surprisingly crunchy and gruff.  Their YouTube videos do not do them justice – this band is heavy (and that’s good!).  Would recommend.” – Pete Hates Music (

Regional Finalists in the 2014 CBC Searchlight Competition & selected as a "Top Standout" by Grant Lawrence (CBC Radio 3)


Curtis Chaffey Administrator/Lead Guitar/Backup Vocals
Matthew Chaffey Lead Singer/Rhythm Guitar
Matt Aston Drummer
Dan Grewal Bass
Michael Grewal Keys


Lee Fields
Bobby Womack
Charles Bradley
Raphael Saadiq
James Brown
Can't Get Enough
Label Records
March, 2014
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1383 Clyde Rd., Nepean, ON
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