The Challis Effect (named after a small town in central Idaho) began in late 2011, originally as just a couple of ideas and a couple of acoustic demos. Boise, Idaho native and multi-instrumentalist Matthew "Axl" Brammer [born Matthew Peck], after having spent years playing in extreme metal bands and solo projects, put the aggression aside momentarily and began toying with softer ideas that had been laying dormant for years...and the result was something much bigger.
The Challis Effect brought Axl back to his roots of bare-bones rock and roll, based on musicianship, melody, and most of all, honesty. Digging up some of the most personal lyrical content he's ever written, and displaying a softer and more emotional side musically than ever before, Axl has embraced and enjoyed the change in musical scenery. Drawing on the influences of bands like Creed, Default, The Goo Goo Dolls, Lifehouse, and more, Axl has seized the opportunity to reach out to music lovers and connect with them on a different level, in a different way, than ever before.