The Challis Effect (named after a small town in central Idaho) was a solo rock project of Boise, Idaho native and multi-instrumentalist Matthew “Axl” Brammer (born Matthew Peck). Started in late 2011, the project released three albums, Your Heart Was Built On A Graveyard Of Lies, All The Secrets You Thought You Kept, and No One Will Remember Your Name...in addition to an EP, Burning Bridges We Never Knew We Had, two singles ("Arsenic" and "Bridges"), and a collection of previously unreleased early demos and covers (Haunted and Alone: The Early Demos and Forgotten Songs). The project went on permanent hiatus in September 2014.
The project combined catchy melodies and acoustic ballads with darker, more driven post-grunge material in the vein of Tantric, Days of the New, and more. TCE garnered rave reviews from underground music critics as being emotional and catchy, often referring to Brammer's distinct and powerful vocals, solid songwriting, and personal, heartfelt lyrics. The Challis Effect has also done well on internet radio.
All of the project's offerings (including the project's only music video, for the song "The Worst In Me") were self-produced and self-released.