GIANTS CHAIR's first new album in over 23 years Prefabylon is out everywhere on December 6th and we're proud to show off the band's new music video for the song "Kids Running." The video is a literal deep dive into their video archives and includes footage of their first west coast tour with Boys Life in 1995. Pre-order the album on limited edition vinyl / digital here!
Drummer Paul Ackerman says: "I
think Scott's story in “Kids Running" is one of a young Midwestern kid
yearning for escape, experience, and maybe a bit of adventure. It's a
road trip story - a 'head west' story. So when we saw the footage our
old friend Jeremy shot from our tour out west with Boys Life
in '95, it seemed like the perfect way to visualize that story. That
was our first real tour, so far from home, and the first time seeing the
mountains and the Pacific Ocean for some of us. There were a lot of
firsts, we had a shit-ton of fun - shaved head, tattooed hands and all -
and we have lifelong friendships to go along with those memories. So
yeah, it's a pretty nostalgic piece, but just maybe some other
Midwestern kids will see it and be inspired to head west as well.
Catch GIANTS CHAIR on tour this November!
11/22 - St. Louis, MO - The Heavy Anchor 11/23 - Milwaukee, WI - Cactus Club 11/24 - Chicago, IL - Chop Shop 11/29 - Kansas City, MO - The Brick
GIANTS CHAIR's new song "Kids Running" is premiering today at Talkhouse!
Guitarist-lyricist-singer Scott Hobart also waxes philosophical about
post-punk, emo, honky-tonk music, and keeping it real. It’s an amazing
read about authenticity, listening to your heart, and the stories that
can be told through music. Pre-order the band's upcoming album Prefabylon on limited edition LP / digital here to get an instant download of two songs now.
The long wait is finally over! Mae's Singularity is available for pre-order now on vinyl for the first time ever. The limited edition, double vinyl set features three bonus tracks and is available on two stunning variants. Get your copy while supplies last exclusively at spartanrecords.com. All orders ship in December!
Originally released on August 14, 2007, via Capitol Records, the album was produced by Howard Benson (My Chemical Romance, Simple Plan) and was praised by All Music, which wrote that the LP "sets them apart as pop perfectionists who are able to synthesize bright melodic hooks and rock muscle into a guitar pop perfection that is (yes) singular. This is a lively, octane-fueled, and hook-ridden album that yields up all kinds of power pop delights. Singularity is clear evidence that Mae has evolved into an excellent rock band, one that never sacrifices beauty or songcraft in the face of big guitars."
Subways on the Sun
are celebrating the one year anniversary of their sophomore album Capsize by premiering the new music video for the LP's title track at Northwest Music Scene. Watch it below and pick up a copy of the album everywhere here.
Erick Newbill says, "We chose “Capsize” as the title track because it
brings together quite a few themes we find running through the album. In
the face of adversity will we sink, or are life’s setbacks just
temporary things we’ll find a way to overcome?"
adds, "The experience of filming the video alongside my son was one of
the most meaningful experiences I’ve had both as a musician and a
parent. It’s so great when different elements of life we care deeply
about intersect and become something beautiful."
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."
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
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!
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