At Spartan, music is our life. We started Spartan in 2013 as a 100% independent, grassroots label and every day, we're fueled by a passion for our artists and their music. Our current roster consists of over 15 bands from around the world with genres ranging from indie rock to post-rock to noisepunk and everywhere in between. We're proud to celebrate our 30th official release with our new 20-track free sampler, Kind of Awesome. We invite you to step inside our musical universe and come along for the ride. So far, it’s been...well, kind of awesome.
Shy, Low stopped by the Little Elephant studio this summer and performed two songs live from their upcoming album Hiraeth. Watch the band play the song "Times Gone By" and look for the new album on vinyl/CD/digital on November 13th. Pre-order Hiraeth on limited edition vinyl, CD, or as part of a t-shirt bundle at the Spartan store to get an instant download of the new song "Nostos." All vinyl pre-orders also include a custom Shy, Low watercolor set!
The new solo project from Mae keyboardist/songwriter, Rob Sweitzer, My God, It’s Full of Stars, will release its debut EP M29 on December 18th on limited edition 10" vinyl and at digital retailers everywhere. Listen to the premiere of the new song "Lightness of Being" at Diffuser here.
Sweitzer tells Diffuser that the song originated from a quote by 13th century poet Rumi.
Everything in this song expanded rapidly from a Rumi saying that helped me to see through a time of deep set despair in my life. "The wound is the place where the Light enters you." There is no such thing as thwarting the painful experiences that life tends to throw across your journey here on Earth, but there is a way through them to the other side where there is understanding and a renewed sense of strength.
Inspired sonically by bands like Broken Social Scene and Doves, the EP was recorded in Nashville, TN and Chesapeake, VA and co-produced by Dave Elkins (Mae) and mixed by Bryan Laurenson (Copeland).
The EP is available for pre-order now on limited edition 10” vinyl at the Spartan store and Bandcamp and all pre-orders include with an instant download of "Lightness of Being."
The sophomore full-length album from the Richmond, VA post-rock band Shy, Low, Hiraeth, will be released everywhere on November 13th. In anticipation of the release, we've teamed up with Noisetrade to offer you two free songs. The sampler runs over 20 minutes and includes the song "Nostos" from the upcoming album as well as "Presence" from 2013's Binary Opposition. Download it here and if you enjoy it, please share it with family and friends!
Hiraeth is available to pre-order now on limited edition vinyl, CD, or as part of a t-shirt bundle at the Spartan store and Bandcamp. All vinyl pre-orders include a free Shy, Low watercolor set!
The debut EP from Orange County, CA's Lucky Scars, Rock and Roll Party Foul, will be released everywhere on December 4th! Check out the lyric video for the new song "All Lies" and get an instant download of the song when you pre-order the EP on limited edition 7" or along with a new Lucky Scars t-shirt or beer koozie here!
Orange County, CA rock and roll band, Lucky Scars, will release their debut EP Rock and Roll Party Foul on December 4th on limited edition 7" vinyl and at digital outlets everywhere. The band is the new project of Johnny Scars (Jon Bunch of Sense Field/Further Seems Forever/War Generation) and Nik Kill (Nik Hill formerly of Ignite).
Listen to the new song "All Lies" at Revolver Magazine here and get an instant download when you pre-order the EP on limited edition 7" vinyl or as part of several merch bundles at the Spartan store. Stay tuned for more Lucky Scars news, music, and debauchery soon!
At Spartan, we see so much amazing art all around us - and we mean that in the broadest sense. It’s easy to see when people put their soul into something they’re passionate about and we love connecting with companies that work hard to bring their passions to life in a truly artistic fashion.
We love coffee - and when it comes to coffee and brewing equipment, we have a huge amount of respect for the awesome people at Able Brewing. Able was started by coffee professionals dedicated to creating approachable, reusable, and sustainable coffee brewing equipment. And we know how great their products are because we use their Kone Brewing System here at Spartan HQ. All Able products are made with the highest quality materials available and produced completely in the USA, utilizing homegrown resources and talent.
Through the end of July, we’re teaming up to give away a bunch of killer brewing equipment, vinyl and more - including:
Chemex 6-cup Coffee Maker
Able Brewing KONE Coffee Filter
LEVEL Pour Over Kettle
Able Brewing Heat Lid
Two Able Brewing Mugs
Spartan Records T-Shirt
Two Spartan releases of your choice
Simply sign up for the Spartan mailing list before July 31st and you'll be automatically entered to win! Sign up here and may luck be in your favor! This bundle has a retail value of over $250.