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WELCOME FALLOW LAND TO THE SPARTAN FAMILY! DEBUT ALBUM SLOW DOWN, ROCKSTAR OUT JULY 26TH. PRE-ORDER HERE!

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

New The Darling Fire Song "The Constant" Premiering at BrooklynVegan. New Album "Dark Celebration" Available June 14th. May 2, 2019

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.

​Watch the new Surprises "Tell The World" Music Video at PopMatters! May 1, 2019

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 31st. The 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).


New Florida Man Song "Rat On The Loose" Premiering at Revolver! New Album Out Friday! April 30, 2019

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

New Surprises' Song "Tell The World" Premiering at The Alternative! New Album Out May 31st! April 17, 2019

Surprises is the solo project of Brooks Paschal, frontman of beloved 00's emo group Sullivan, is debuting another new song off the upcoming album Natural Disaster which will be released everywhere on May 31st. Listen to the song at The Alternative and get two songs as an instant download when you pre-order the album on limited edition vinyl here! All early pre-orders also include a 12" x 12" lithograph signed by Brooks and if you mention "buttons" in your order notes, we'll throw in a limited edition 4-piece Surprises button set!

“I think the irony of “Tell The World” was that it marked the beginning of making this record, but it was written as a suicide note. Chris Cornell had just killed himself and it was a really dark time for me. I didn’t know Chris personally, and I hadn’t achieved what he had, but I felt like I could empathize with why he did what he did. The amount of pressure we put on ourselves is often times untenable, especially in this business. The highs are beyond our wildest dreams and the lows leave a void that is literally irreplaceable. I have never been suicidal, but I have felt the weight of what it means to try your fucking hardest while the world expects more.” - Brooks Paschal


New Florida Man Song "Holy Roller" Premiering at BrooklynVegan! New Album Out May 3rd! April 16, 2019

Florida Man’s new album Tropical Depression drops everywhere on May 3rd and we’ve teamed up with BrooklynVegan to premiere the new single “Holy Roller.” Jam this hot number and pre-order the album on limited edition vinyl / picture disc here to get an instant download of two songs now! Don't miss the band wreak havoc up and down the East Coast in a few short weeks!


Upcoming Shows:

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

Watch the new Surprises "Natural Disaster" Music Video at Substream! April 9, 2019

Surprises has just dropped a music video for the new single and title track off the just-announced new album Natural Disaster which comes out everywhere on May 31st. Watch the premiere at Substream here!


An impressively DIY effort, Paschal explains,

"Shooting a music video myself was not in the plans, but I had a scheduling conflict with the guy that was gonna shoot the video for this song and I just sat on it for a while. I had a week open in my schedule and the gears started turning. I took a stab at making a video for another song called "Tell The World" and that kinda got me going. Two days later I shot a video for another song and by the time I got to "Natural Disaster" I was ready to try some crazy shit. The idea popped in my head and I went to attic to find some old TVs. The challenge with the video was that I knew that I couldn't sync four TVs at once. So I shot them individually, then used a 3 dollar phone app to splice the 4 shots together. It looked amazing, but the app wouldn’t render HD so I had a good buddy of mine (Wes Marvin) splice it on real editing software. That was really the 4 shots I had to work with. While I was editing it, I tried to make my limitations the thing that made it clever, so I decided to use the big text for the choruses. I figured those were good words to smack you in the face with."

Pre-order Natural Disaster on limited edition vinyl here. All pre-orders include an instant high-quality download of the single "Natural Disaster" and a full album download + exclusive bonus track "Natural Disaster" (A Capella)" on May 31st.