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NEW ALBUMS FROM FALLOW LAND AND READER OUT NOW!

Advance Listen: Listen to Reader's Debut Album Engrams at Kerrang! August 15, 2019

Reader's debut album Engrams doesn’t come out until tomorrow, but you can listen to the entire album a day early exclusively at Kerrang!.


Kerrang! calls the record "a collision of heavy, intense and urgent feeling, masterful musicianship, and lyrics and vocals that have an otherworldly (yet vulnerable) edge to them, Engrams is a triumphant success of a debut record."



Watch Surprises' "I Can't See You Em" Music Video at Dread Central! August 1, 2019

Watch the new Surprises music video for "I Can't See You Em" at Dread Central. The song appears on the new album Natural Disaster which is available everywhere now!


Brooks tells Dread Central: "My main objective was to capture the inescapability of anxiety. I knew that I didn’t want to make a traditional music video in that the performance had to be part of the landscape. I wanted the viewer/listener to feel that I was trapped in whatever space I was in. I had the idea of using the old footage while watching Kingdom of the Spiders. There was something that was authentic and completely unrepeatable about it. A director buddy of mine pointed me to archive.org. I watched hours of footage to find the moments that really sold the recklessness of the song. The one thing I noticed looking back was the commonality of the shots I chose despite the different decades of the footage. There was a cohesion that made me believe in the song more and hopefully will give folks another reason to listen/watch."

New Demons' Song "Uglier Americans" Available Now. All Proceeds Benefit RAICES. July 30, 2019

Demons has released a new single titled “Uglier Americans.” All proceeds from the song will be donated to Texas-based organization RAICES, which is focused on education, affordable legal assistance provided to those impacted by illegal and unjust raids, and opportunities for involvement from those interested in helping. Get the song now at Bandcamp.



Zach Gehring discussed the timely track, stating, “The separation of families at the border, and the policies that underscore recent activities targeting families from Mexico, Central, and South America, and US citizens are completely backwards and unquestionably cruel. Immigration policies and the inhumane treatment of people of all ages demands a response.” He continues to say “any action that can help thwart or slow down what is happening. This song is was motivated by an attempt to critique the gap between immediacy and reflection – the immediacy and urgency for those threatened by these policies versus the reflective and abstract media commentary and discourse that privileged people (like us) engage in and respond to earnestly.”

Welcome Seattle's Reader to the Spartan Family! Debut Album "Engrams" Out August 16th July 12, 2019

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.

#30DaysofSpartan Starts Now! Save 30% Off Almost Everything For The Next 30 Days! July 1, 2019


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!

Welcome Fallow Land to the Spartan Familly! Debut Album "Slow Down, Rockstar" Out July 26th! June 19, 2019

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.


Fallow 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.

The Darling Fire's Debut Album "Dark Celebration" Out Now! June 13, 2019

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!

New Florida Man Music Video "Holy Roller" Premiering at Flood Magazine! June 3, 2019

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!


New Surprises Album "Natural Disaster" Available Now! May 31, 2019

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