Please welcome Seattle indie-folk hero Rocky Votolato to the Spartan Family! We’re beyond excited to release Rocky’s first new album in over 7 years Wild Roots on September 9th. The album is an intimate concept album inspired by and written for his family — each song is a letter dedicated to a specific family member and focused on a special memory or moment in time. Stay tuned for the premiere of a brand new song tomorrow as well as pre-orders, new tour dates, and much more.
San Francisco art punk trio Rip Room has announced summer dates with Boston's Kal Marks. The 14-city trek kicks off with a record release show on July 14th in Oakland, CA, and runs through August 13th. The band will be out in support of its critically-acclaimed debut LP Alight and Resound which is available everywhere now!
7/14 - Oakland, CA - Thee Stork Club (Record Release Show) 7/28 - Tacoma, WA - Real Art 7/29 - Seattle, WA - Victory Lounge 7/30 - Portland, OR - Shanghai Tunnel 7/31 - Oregon - Secret Location 8/4 - Providence, RI - News Cafe 8/5 - Somerville, MA - The Jungle 8/6 - TBA 8/7 - Parksville, NY - Cabernet Frank's 8/9 - Washington, DC - TBA 8/10 - Baltimore, MD - Joe Squared 8/11 - Middletown, CT * - Rednawa Collective 8/12 - Philadelphia, PA * - Ukie Club 8/13 - Brooklyn, NY * - TV Eye
We are so stoked to welcome Shiner to the Spartan Family! It’s an amazing honor to join forces with a band that has been so transformative in our lives and the lives of so many. In addition to re-releasing the band’s entire catalog on vinyl (including a newly remixed and remastered Splay with all-new artwork), we’re thrilled to release brand new music and a collection of rarities and lost gems. Get ready!
Rip Room’s debut album Alight and Resound is out everywhere tomorrow! We’re cranking up the heat with the premiere of the band’s new music video for “Complication.” Head over to No Echo to check out the video and finally answer the age-old question: What If Devo jammed with Fugazi? Smash that ❤ and tell all your friends.
We’re thrilled to announce that 84 Tigers’ debut album Time in the Lighthouse will be available everywhere on October 21st! Listen to the premiere of the new song “Great Basin” at BrooklynVegan and pre-order the album on limited edition vinyl or as part of an exclusive bundle that includes a t-shirt, Oxford pennant, and an 84 Tigers x Spartan Records coffee collaboration with Rootless Coffee Co.
Rip Room’s debut album Alight and Resound comes out in just over two weeks! We’re stoked to team up with Post Trash to premiere the new song “Dead When It Started.” Some highlights:
• Rip Room trade between muscle and melody, dexterity and wonkiness • Rip Room play post-hardcore music with an air of art pop exuberance • Rip Room’s songs are tightly wound and serrated at the edges • The new single bounces with a circular post-punk guitar groove reminiscent of the Devo classic “Girl U Want”
If that’s not enough, the song also features drummer Gracie Malley pounding away on a car fender with a hammer! Take a listen and get an instant download of four songs now when you pre-order the record on mind-boggling limited edition vinyl.
Mountain Time's new single “Meet The Kid” is streaming everywhere now! The song is a joyous Kinks-ian romp through the kaleidoscopic visions of lead-provocateur Chris Simpson’s mind and pen. The scene opens under a Big Top and proceeds through a vast cornucopia of dioramas (from the crush of middle school hallways to the Christmas markets of Old Berlin; past angel choirs, Siren Songs of soul-stealing thieves, and peril at sea) all in search of an elusive Golden Child, who isn’t paralyzed with fear or uncertainty at the weight of it all. In the end it’s never clear if the “kid” in question is the narrator himself or a symbol of the Seeker in us all, but the ride is thrilling, and the invitation to communion feels warm and ecstatic. Enjoy and stay tuned for more info about a brand new album soon!
Please welcome Florida indie/emo heroes Pohgoh to the Spartan Family! The new J. Robbins produced album du und ich is the foursome’s most ambitious outing yet, a confident, eclectic release that showcases the band’s strengths in a bright new light. It’s more than another great album; it’s a collective anthem of survival, a refutation of all that would break us down. Look for it everywhere this fall and stay tuned for more news and music in the months to come!
Unwed Sailor's The Faithful Anchor (20th Anniversary Edition) vinyl has finally shipped and to celebrate, we’re excited to share a live performance of “The House of Hopes” from the band’s new Live at CommVess EP. Grab a copy of the newly remastered The Faithful Anchor on limited edition vinyl and Live at CommVess on yellow cassette in the Spartan store while they're still around.
Rip Room's new single "Loose Ends" is premiering today exclusively at Consequence and it...is...awesome! The band's brand of art rock meets post punk has drawn comparisons to Gang of Four, Unwound, Talking Heads, Hüsker Dü, Sleater-Kinney, and Fugazi, among others. Listen for yourself and get an instant download of three songs when you pre-order the band's debut album Alight and Resound on three different absolutely mind-blowing vinyl variants. Look for it everywhere on May 27th!
Spartan Records proudly introduces 84 Tigers, a new project from Michigan punk/post-hardcore mainstays Mike and Ben Reed and Jono Diener. After nearly two decades of perennial touring and releases with their previous critically-adored outfits, Small Brown Bike and The Swellers, 84 Tigers has emerged as the musicians' new platform for both collaboration and performance. The demoing process began in early 2021 based on song ideas Mike had been working on through the COVID quarantine in 2020. In October 2021, after months of preparation, the band recorded 10 songs with Marc Jacob Hudson (Against Me!, Taking Back Sunday) at Rancho Recordo in Michigan. The first single, "Kingdom of One," debuted to widespread acclaim on BrooklynVegan, laying the anticipatory groundwork for the release of the full-length LP this fall. Catch the band on tour with The Casket Lottery this June and stay tuned for more new music and exciting news soon.
Museum of Light's debut record, Horizon, pulls between two poles: big, crushing, overwhelmingly heavy riffs and dreamy, Zen-like washes of ambience and found sound. Horizon is a lush, dense, and cinematic record, but without the self-seriousness and lack of restraint that underscores many other releases within the genre. In a time where there are truly no restrictions to music, both in content and approach, the addition by subtraction philosophy brings a different type of gravity to the listening experience. The challenge of exercising restraint and employing elements of simplicity makes every moment of Horizon meaningful -- there is not a wasted note nor an expendable moment.
If you’re looking for a soft, introspective soundtrack that still delivers doom riffs, you’re in luck with the new single “Soft Openings.” Listen to the world premiere at Decibel and pre-save / pre-order the album on limited edition vinyl to get an instant download of the song now (plus two bonus tracks).