loves effects pedals and on their latest album Infinity Mirror they
all used the legendary ProCo RAT pedal heavily. Now, we're giving you
the chance to win a one-of-a-kind pedal that was personally hand-soldered and built with an unmatched level of care by the band. It's a
faithful recreation of the famous RAT, but with much higher quality
components and true-bypass switching. Enter to win the pedal, a rare
Infinity Mirror test pressing, Man Mountain beard oil, and much more here. Contest ends January 11th!
We're beyond excited to welcome The Darling Fire
to the Spartan family and will be releasing their J.
Robbins-produced debut album Dark Celebration next summer.
the band name may not ring a bell, the lineup for this Florida 5-piece
consists of some respected players within the indie/emo scene, including
Jolie Lindholm (The Rocking Horse Winner, Dashboard Confessional) on vocals/guitar, Jeronimo Gomez on guitar (Poison The Well, The Rocking Horse Winner, As Friends Rust), Steven Kleisath on drums (Further Seems Forever, Shai Hulud, Strongarm), Gregg Moore on bass and Matthew Short on guitar.
says, "We're so excited to join the Spartan family and to start this
journey all over again with them! We're looking forward to seeing what
the future holds. It's great to be part of a label that's supportive of
the artists they release and that understands our music.”
The band will play their first show on December 7th at Voltaire in West Palm Beach, FL and details can be found here.
About The Darling Fire:
immersed in darkness, the absence of light can be disorienting. Sounds
are amplified, minutes are elongated, and thoughts become unharnessed.
But after some time, your senses start to adjust. Nondescript features
become more defined, muffled sounds become more audible, and tied
tongues become more articulate. From the darkness, a sense of clarity
can emerge and vision can develop from its own absence.
years of individual success in some of the scene's most beloved bands,
The Darling Fire was born of both deep struggle and deeper friendships.
"Jeronimo and I had a particularly difficult end of the year in 2017,"
says vocalist/guitarist Jolie Lindholm. "We’d been wanting to write
music together for awhile, but life kept getting in the way. The tough
time we were having made us realize that life is short and there was no
better time. We didn't specifically set out to start a band, per se. It
just began to materialize as things started changing, once we started to
share what we were working on. It almost took on a life of its own and
kept pushing us to move forward, to make this into a real thing."
at the The Darling Fire's impressive roster, the band's debut release, Dark Celebration, is in many ways what you'd anticipate — energetic,
powerful, melodic, and heavy; however, it is far more nuanced than you
would imagine. The collective sum of the parts and the alluring
heart-on-sleeve lyrics produce a more intimate, spacey and bewitching
experience — an authenticity that speaks to the true cathartic nature of
the project. "The album is really a celebration of dark themes and
experiences that have occurred in our lives both personally and
distantly," says guitar player Matthew Short.
dark times referenced as the catalyst for the record are not
superficial or childish in nature. Dark Celebration is the recorded
process of collective coping — real people, real obstacles (sickness,
death, loss), and real healing. "The lyrical content comes from these
struggles, as well as an observation of the oddities of this life," says
Lindholm. "The frustration, anger, and sadness of what we had been
through gave us plenty of material to work with. Our drummer Steven
coined the term "Dark Celebration" in passing when referring to the
direction our music was going and it stuck. While we've each had some
struggles in our lives, we wouldn't be where we are at this moment if
not for those dark times."
the right producer to bring the Dark Celebration vision to life was of
paramount importance. In all the band’s discussions, there was one name
that seemed appropriate for a project of this magnitude — J. Robbins.
Aside from the list of impressive production credits (The Dismemberment
Plan, The Promise Ring, Against Me!), Robbins was also a formative
member some of The Darling Fire’s favorite bands (Jawbox, Burning
Airlines, Government Issue). The result of this collaboration was a
powerful coalescence of artistry and vision — the record that five
artists spent their entire careers waiting to make. "This band feels
like a family," says Lindholm, "We’re all facing the challenges of what
is to come together, with eyes wide open. Regardless of where we are in
our lives, there is always the opportunity to start anew — to find fresh
inspiration and kinship."
evoking too many cliches, while the darkness can be disorienting, there
is a beauty in its temporariness. It requires a great amount of courage
to confront the unknown in its purest form, but rarely is regret the
outcome of this process. Stay tuned for more
information and look for the band's debut album Dark Celebration out
We’re dropping a brand new 2-song EP from Demons entitled Made In The USA this Friday, October 19th/ Listen to the premiere of the scorcher "Lever" (mixed by Nathan Hussey of All Get Out) which Revolver calls "a six-minute trip through hell and back" and catch them on tour this month to FEST later this month!
Subways on the Sun's new album Capsize is available now on limited edition vinyl and at digital outlets everywhere! Get it here. Capsize is a collection of songs which showcases a fresh artistic trajectory, and follows our collective struggle to accept the passage of time and identify the voices in our lives that are worth listening to.
It’s immediately evident as anthemic opener "Just To Be With You" channels the heart racing spirit of Muse, with a riff-heavy synth-forward energy that rips through the whole record. Each song is a unique statement, drawing fluidly from each member’s influences. This comes across clearly in the Mew-inspired "Tongues," combining jangly telecaster riffs and dirty-as-hell basslines. Remnants of early Jimmy Eat World shine through both on the album’s title track, "Capsize," and "Time’s Not Long," while "I’m an Island" features lush textures and ethereal vocals akin to The Cure or Death Cab for Cutie. The longing for time to connect and create before our story is over flows through us all. Capsize invites us to embrace that reality, and discover our own ways to stay afloat.
The new album from Subways on the SunCapsize comes out everywhere next Friday. Watch the lyric video for the song "Know It All" and get an instant download of three new songs now when you pre-order the album on limited edition vinyl here!
Frontman Erick Newbill says, "'Know
It All' sums up a lot of what we were processing internally as we wrote
songs for this album. While not isolated to this point in history, we
live in a time where people are so polarized, convinced that what they
think or feel is the only possible path. We are surrounded by strong
opinions from individuals and groups that are unwilling to waver, most
of us even being guilty of this ourselves at times. None of us truly
know it all, and could benefit greatly from taking more time to listen
to each other and find common ground instead of trying to drown each
American Opera, the creation of Brooklyn via Saginaw, Michigan singer-songwriter John Bee, has announced new fall tour dates. Check out a full list of dates below and for tickets and more info, visit americanopera.net.
10/3 - Pittsburgh, PA @ Arsenal Bowl 10/4 - Canton, OH @ The Auricle 10/5 - Saginaw, MI @ Counter Culture 10/6 - Chicago, IL @ Living Room Show 10/7 - Indianapolis, IN @ Living Room Show 10/8 - Muncie, IN @ Be Here Now 10/10 - Madison, WI @ Art In 10/11 - Minneapolis, MN @ Black Coffee and Waffle Bar 10/12 - Des Moines, IA @ Sofar Sounds 10/13 - Lincoln, NE @ 1867 Bar 10/14 - Denver, CO @ Your Mom’s House 10/15 - Boulder, CO @ The Laughing Goat 10/17 - Salt Lake City, UT @ The Underground 10/18 - Boise, ID @ Edge Brewing Company 10/19 - Seattle, WA @ The Kraken 10/20 - Cottage Grove, OR @ Axe & Fiddle 10/21 - Portland, OR @ Al’s Den 10/22 - Sisters, OR @ The Open Door 10/24 - San Francisco, CA @ Neck of the Woods 10/26 - San Diego, CA @ Rosie O’Grady’s 10/27 - Los Angeles, CA @ Hotel Cafe 10/28 - Phoenix, AZ - Sofar Sounds 10/29 - Rio Rancho, MN @ The Blue Grasshopper 11/1 - Rensselaer, IN @ Embers 11/2 - Chicago, IL @ Uncommon Ground 11/3 - Ferndale, MI @ The Loving Touch
Listen to the new Subways on the Sun song "Just To Be With You" which PopMatters calls "powerful, guitar-driven pop that recalls the best of early Jimmy Eat World, Mew, and Muse." The song comes from the band's new album Capsize which will be available everywhere on September 21st. Pre-order the album on limited edition vinyl to get an instant download of two songs now!
Earlier this year, we self-titled album from Austin, Texas' math rock masters, Honey and Salt, and the album has been met with high praise -- not only for its impressive demonstration of musicianship and songwriting, but also for its socially conscious lyrics that explore the challenges of an individual trying to make an impact in the face of our dark political climate. Today, we're excited to premiere the new music video for the song "Oyster" at The Alternative.
If you're in the midwest, don't miss the band on tour all this month!
The annual Spartan Summer Sale is going on now! Take 30% off just
about everything through the end of August when you use the discount
code SUMMER18. Plus, we’ll even throw in free stuff with every order, so you can't lose! As always, your support is what keeps us going
and we can’t thank you enough for that. Happy shopping!