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.
Please join us in welcoming Kansas City’s Giants Chair
to the Spartan Family. The band returns with Prefabylon, their first
new album in over 23 years on December 6th. Listen to the premiere of
the new single “Dirty Winter” exclusively at
BrooklynVegan and pre-order the album on limited edition vinyl to get an instant download of the song now!
the midwest in the early nineties, three musicians serendipitously
found one another and began to power a sound. This sonic synergy charged
not only the band’s own individually-heralded releases, but would also
influence decades of artists-to-come who would cut their rock-n-roll
records. After years of writing and recording, after innumerable sweaty
basement shows, after thousands of miles of highway blur, and a million
fragmented memories, lives progressed, and the fire that fueled Giants
Chair gave way to new responsibilities — but it never went out.
For more than two decades now Giants Chair
records have lived on turntables, blasted through car speakers, rattled
apartment walls, destroyed headphones, and finally become recognized as
the timeless artifacts of emotional experience and endeavor that they
are for so many people. Now, in perfect time, 2019 marks the return of
Giants Chair with the release of the bands highly-anticipated new album,
Prefabylon. With all of the the band’s original core
components and members still intact, listeners needn’t brace for any
departure from the band's signature post-punk DNA. Equal parts early new
wave, skate punk, prog, political folk, and 70’s and 80’s radio rock,
Giants Chair’s influences can be traced across their 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."
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, Engramsis a triumphant success of a debut record."
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
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.