Welcome Seattle’s Reader to the Spartan family! We are beyond thrilled to release the band’s debut album Engrams on August 16th. Listen to the new single "Skeleton" at digital outlets everywhere here and pre-order the album on limited edition vinyl or animated picture disc here to get the song right now.
In a time of facsimiles, replicas, and false tributes, along comes Reader — a bombastic, fearlessly unusual rock quartet from Seattle, WA. Practically speaking, this means stunning and precise vocal harmonies over shattering angular guitars, unconventional time signatures, and a driving rhythm section. Less practically speaking, the band’s debut record Engrams is a journey — a dynamic and unpredictable experience that challenges the listener in all the best ways. Attempting to neatly categorize Reader's sound is a fool’s errand. No clean “recommended if you like” comparisons can be made. The band could best be described as an experimental amalgamation of melodic and layered harmonies over aggressive and mathy guitar-driven rock. Think Alice In Chains meets the late-60’s vocal stylings of groups like CSNY and Simon and Garfunkel. An original juxtaposition of forces, authentic and uncompromised in any direction.
Fallow Land's new single "The Body” is premiering now at The Alternative!
The song come from the band's debut album Slow Down, Rockstar which
comes out everywhere on July 26th! Listen now and get two songs
instantly when you pre-order the album on limited edition vinyl here!
30 Days of Spartan begins today! For the first 30 days of July, share your Spartan images on Instagram with the hashtag #30DaysofSpartan. Together, we’ll spread the spirit of independent music and help others discover some amazing new Spartan artists. We’ll be featuring a different Spartan release every day and to sweeten the pot, for all 30 days you can save 30% off almost everything at the Spartan store when you use the discount code 30DAYSOFSPARTAN. Thank you in advance to all of you who participate. You are our community and you keep the Spartan sword sharp!
Please join us in welcoming Ann Arbor’s Fallow Land to the Spartan family! We're beyond excited to announce that we'll be releasing the band's debut album Slow Down, Rockstar on July 26th. Listen
to the premiere of the new song "The Hope" exclusively at BrooklynVegan
and get the song instantly when you pre-order the album on limited
edition vinyl at the Spartan store and Bandcamp.
Land was born in a time of trepidation — a period of unease and anxiety
following multiple losses. The result: Fallow Land's debut EP Pinscher, a guitar-driven narrative centered around disillusion. Two years have now passed since the release of Pinscher
and with time has come critical praise, healing, and evolution — all
elements that fueled the creation of Fallow Land’s debut LP Slow Down, Rockstar.
For Fallow Land, the album marks a sonic progression. In the spirit of
bands like Foxing, American Football, and Minus the Bear, the record is
driven by rhythmically-nuanced textures. The sum of the intricate
instrumentation and layers create a lush and mathy soundscape. While
records within this genre can border on self-indulgent, the Matt Bayles
(Isis, Minus the Bear, Pearl Jam) produced Slow Down, Rockstar remains accessible, memorable, and melodically compelling throughout the entire album.
Watch the premiere of The Darling Fire's amazing music video for the brand new single "Saints in Masquerade" at Kerrang!
The song comes off the band's new album Dark Celebration which is available now.
The debut album from The Darling Fire, Dark Celebration, is available now! Produced by J. Robbins (Jawbox, Burning Airlines), the band features members of The Rocking Horse Winner, Further Seems Forever, Dashboard Confessional, Shai Hulud, As Friends Rust, among others. Get your copy on limited edition vinyl and at digital outlets everywhere — and don’t miss the band playing two record release shows at Arlene's Grocery in New York City this weekend! Get it here!
Charleston, South Carolina noise-punk agitators, Florida Man, recently released their sophomore full-length, Tropical Depression and today we've teamed with FLOOD Magazine to premiere their new music video for standout track "Holy Roller." Tropical Depression is a sinister slab of riffs and feedback that offers hardcore heaviness with noise rock menace and--as evidenced by "Holy Roller"-- a surprising dose of groove-laden hooks. The band often uses tongue-in-cheek aesthetics to interrogate darker themes, and the video for "Holy Roller" finds Florida Man posing as a public access cable cult. FLOOD praised the "fiery" track and said "the video, like most of Tropical Depression, is entirely over-the-top, with the band shredding in the type of church you only see on community access television." Get the album now on limited edition vinyl and at digital outlets everywhere here!
Surprises’ long-awaited new album Natural Disaster is out now! After releasing three successful LP’s with the fan-adored band Sullivan and dozens of solo tracks over the past ten years, songs seem to emanate from all levels of Brooks Paschal's consciousness. However, Paschal’s new project Surprises is something different. It is cathartic, it is reckless, and it is personal — a striking new narrative from a familiar voice. Natural Disaster is a concentrated amalgamation of all the driving, melodic, soaring, and fragile moments that made Paschal’s previous work so appealing, but with instincts driving all direction, we're thrust into a new and unchartered creative territory. Get it now at digital outlets everywhere and on limited edition vinyl.
Early Praise for Natural Disaster
"...an irresistible mix of melody, biting lyrics, and resonate songwriting."- Sound The Sirens
"...big, booming choruses, hook-laden verses but with
contemporary sensibilities that give the listener a well-intentioned
wink and some worldly wit."- PopMatters
"You might know Brooks Paschal as the vocalist for early 2000s
indie rock group Sullivan, but these days he’s fronting Surprises. Think
a grittier Jimmy Eat World and you’re not too far off the mark."- The Alternative
"...takes an emo-based sound and maneuvers it into pop-rock/power-pop gold."- Substream
"...Raw, catchy & volatile..."- Atwood Magazine
"infectious melodies...passionate, melodically woven lines..."- New Noise
Enter to win a Surprises prize pack including a one-of-a-kind overdrive pedal built by Brooks Daniel Paschal, limited edition vinyl, a test pressing, and more. The new album Natural Disaster comes out everywhere on May 31st! Enter to win here and pre-order the album on limited edition vinyl to get an instant download of three songs, signed artwork, and a super sweet 4-piece Surprises button set!
We're so excited to premiere The Darling Fire's new single "The Constant" today at BrooklynVegan. The song comes off the band's forthcoming debut album Dark Celebration which is out everywhere on June 14th. The band is veritable mosaic of indie notoriety featuring Jolie Lindholm on vocals/guitar (The Rocking Horse Winner, Dashboard Confessional), Jeronimo Gomez on guitar (The Rocking Horse Winner, As Friends Rust), Steven Kleisath on drums (Further Seems Forever, Shai Hulud), plus Gregg Moore on bass and Matthew Short on guitar.
On "The Constant," lead singer Jolie Lindholm shares: "'The Constant' is about a protector's inability to rescue those he's attempting to save, because they don't want to be saved - an ineffective hero, who's left with no choice but to walk away."
Pre-orders for the album are available now on limited edition vinyl at the Spartan store and all orders include an instant download of two songs now.
The long-awaited new album from Surprises' Natural Disaster comes out everywhere on May 31st and we're excited to unveil the new music video for "Tell The World" today at PopMatters. Entirely self-produced, filmed and edited by Brooks Pascahl, the video is a testament to the DIY spirit of the album.
Of the video
Paschal says, "This was the first music video I made and it came after a few
failed ideas I had trying to make a video for another song. Doing it
myself, I knew that I had to master the basics of filming and editing. I
wanted to make a video that captured the performances but I didn't want
to get 'Brooks' fatigue. So the idea was simple, different colors for
different performances and back light all of the 'members' except for me
singing. That created the shadow effect. After I had the shots, it was
just a matter of editing it in a way that kept it interesting. My main
goal with the video was to capture the energy of the performance without
distracting from the message of the song."
Natural Disaster is available for pre-order now on limited edition vinyl at the Spartan store and all pre-orders include an instant high-quality download of two songs + exclusive bonus track "Natural Disaster" (A Capella)" on May
first 100 pre-orders will also include a 12" x 12" lithograph autographed by
Brooks Paschal and a Surprises 4-piece
button set (limit one per order).
The new album from Charleston, South Carolina noise-punk agitators, Florida Man, Tropical Depression, drops everywhere this Friday! The album is a menacing slab of riffs and feedback that offers hardcore heaviness mixed with groove-laden noise rock menace, and today we've teamed with Revolver to premiere one more early taste in the form of "Rat On The Loose." Florida Man's music is innately aggressive but the band excel at injecting that pummeling sound with a surprising amount of memorable hooks. "Rat On The Loose" features a vocal performance that takes a few pages from the Ian MacKaye book of shout-singing, and a tambourine-fueled chorus as catchy as the guitars are biting. Revolver praised the song, calling it, "a blistering track that might best be described as Pissed Jeans with Spencer Moody from Murder City Devils covering Give, though other favorites such as Drive like Jehu come to mind on the urgent and furious track." Get the album on limited edition vinyl at the Spartan store to get an instant download of two new songs before Friday.
The band ill be touring in support of Tropical Depression all throughout the spring and summer, with the first run of East Coast dates starting this week. See full itinerary below.
05/03 Charleston, SC @ The Royal American 05/04 Columbia, SC @ New Brookland Tavern 05/09 Savannah, GA @ El-Rocko Lounge 05/10 Jacksonville, FL @ Rain Dogs 05/11 Atlanta, GA @ East Arcanum Studio 05/12 Athens, GA @ Hi-Lo 06/13 Richmond, VA @ Wonderland 06/14 Philadelphia, PA @ Pharmacy 06/15 Boston, MA @ Hong Kong 06/16 Brooklyn, NY @ Gold Sounds 06/17 Harrisonburg, VA @ The Golden Pony 06/18 Raleigh, NC @ Pour House Music Hall