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Promo Ends: August 31st

DEBUT FALLOW LAND ALBUM SLOW DOWN, ROCKSTAR OUT NOW! DEBUT READER ALBUM ENGRAMS OUT AUGUST 16TH!

Debut Surprises Album "Natural Disaster" out May 31st! New Song and Pre-orders Available Now! April 2, 2019

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.

The debut album Natural Disaster will be released on limited edition LP / digital on May 31st and we're super excited to premiere the title track today at Atwood Magazine here! Pre-orders are available now and include an instant download of the song. The first 100 pre-orders also include a 12" x 12" lithograph autographed by Brooks. Pre-order here!


Shy, Low Announces European Tour This May/June! March 25, 2019

Shy, Low returns to Europe this May/June! Don't miss them at the Dunk!festival and Post In Paris Festival as well as all across Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Germany, Switzerland, France, Netherlands, and Belgium!

05.15 - Copenhagen, DK - Vega
05.16 - Skien, No - Folque
05.17 - Gothenburg, SE - Sensus Gårda
05.18 - Malmö, SE - Charlie’s Burgers
05.19 - Berlin, DE - Schacht
05.20 - DE - TBA
05.21 - Dresden, DE - Fallout
05.22 - Hamburg, DE - Astra Stube
05.23 - DE - TBA
05.24 - Zurich, CH - Dynamo - Werk 21, Zurich
05.25 - Lyon, FR - Le Farmer
05.26 - Paris, FR - Petit Bain - Post In Paris
05.27 - Lille, FR - La Bulle Cafe
05.28 - Den Bosch, NL - Willem-Twee Poppodium
05.29 - Mainz, DE - Kulturclub Schon Schön
05.31 - Liége, BE - Kultura
06.01 - Zottegem, BE - Dunk!festival
06.02 - Duisburg, DE - Djäzz
06.03 - Kiel, DE - Medusa


New Florida Man Album "Tropical Depression" Out May 3rd! New Single and Pre-Orders Available Now! March 20, 2019

The sophomore full-length album from Charleston, South Carolina noise-punk agitators, Florida Man, Tropical Depression, will be released on May 3rd. Today, we’re excited to team up with Decibel Magazine to premiere the album's explosive first single "Brain Cell." Pre-orders for the album on limited edition picture disc and vinyl are available now here and all pre-orders include an instant download of “Brain Cell.” The first 100 pre-orders also include a Florida Man orange stress ball!


Recorded by Zac Thomas (Kylesa, Black Tusk), Tropical Depression is a tangle of pummeling guitars and howled vocals that shows just how effectively Florida Man filters the spirits of the most legendary noise rock and post-hardcore scenes. There's San Diego’s angular attack (Hot Snakes, No Knife), Seattle’s sheer power (Botch, These Arms Are Snakes), Chicago’s sonic depravity (The Jesus Lizard, Shellac), and DC’s unbridled creativity (Fugazi, Faraquet) -- all blended with the band's unique brand of sweat-soaked southern grime and a dose of hardcore aggression courtesy of vocalist Jim O'Connor's gravel-throated vocals. "Brain Cell" opens the album and is a perfect introduction to Florida Man's chaotic-yet-satisfying heaviness.




The Darling Fire's Debut Album "Dark Celebration" Out June 14th. New Single and Pre-orders Available Now! March 18, 2019

The debut album from The Darling Fire, Dark Celebration, will be released everywhere on June 14th and we’re thrilled to premiere the band’s first single “For the Loveless” exclusively on Billboard. Pre-orders for the album are available now here and include an instant download of “For The Loveless.”



After 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. A veritable mosaic of indie notoriety, the band features members of The Rocking Horse Winner, Further Seems Forever, Dashboard Confessional, Poison The Well, Shai Hulud, As Friends Rust, and Strongarm among others. 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 result of their collaboration with producer J. Robbins (Jawbox, Burning Airlines, Government Issue) is a powerful coalescence of artistry and vision — a record that five artists spent their entire careers waiting to make.

Welcome Florida Man to the Spartan Family. New Album "Tropical Depression" Out This Spring. February 14, 2019

We’re so excited to welcome Charleston, South Carolina noise punk agitators, Florida Man, to the Spartan family. We've re-released the band's self-titled debut album with updated artwork and the new bonus track "Shut-In" and it’s available now as a free download at the Spartan store and Bandcamp as well as digital services worldwide. Look for the band's new album Tropical Depression out this Spring.

The band’s sound is a tangle of pummeling guitars and howled vocals that captures the combined spirits of the most iconic noise rock and post-hardcore scenes of the past. Their music packs the razor sharp riffing of San Diego (Hot Snakes, No Knife), the sheer power of Seattle (Botch, These Arms Are Snakes), and the unbridled creativity of Washington, DC (Fugazi, Faraquet) -- all filtered through the band's unique brand of sweat-soaked southern grime.


While their sound may be as unnerving as a Google search of their band name, their roaring music and fascination with the bleaker side of life comes from much more natural origins. Made up of O'Connor on vocals, guitarist Andrew Barnes, bassist CJ DeLuca, and drummer Jonathan Peace, Florida Man's members are all longtime friends and collaborators from the southeastern punk and hardcore scenes. Barnes had spent years playing drums in other bands and was reacquainting himself with guitar after the end of his most recent project, and as the riffs began to pile up he turned to his like-minded friends and fans of all things distorted and aggressive. The name Florida Man was chosen as a tribute to the underbelly that often inspired them sonically and lyrically, and before long their raucous live show had spawned a substantial local following and even led to the band performing at Hopscotch Music Festival. Now as part of the Spartan Records family, Florida Man are gearing up for a big 2019 with a new full-length Tropical Depression this Spring and heavy touring on the horizon. Be on the lookout for new music, pre-orders, and more soon!


Shy, Low "Hiraeth" Second Pressing Available Now! January 30, 2019

A new second pressing of Shy, Low’s landmark 2015 album Hiraeth is available now on two stunning variants that were inspired by the album title’s Welsh origin and the wildflowers that appear on the album cover. Both the “Cowslip” and “Forget-Me-Not” variants are limited to only 75 copies online, so act fast! Order here.

Watch Dearist's New Music Video for "Colours" at The Noise! January 17, 2019

Wolverhampton, UK rockers Dearist are debuting their new video for "Colours" on The Noise. The song appears on the band's sophomore LP Sonder which is available everywhere now.



Lyrically, the track deals with a random and devastating event that shook the lives of frontman Adam Binder and his wife. Binder explains:

"The lyrical content is quite dark, I don't think I've spoken before about what this is about, but I will. Basically a few years ago I saw my then girlfriend (now wife) get hit by a car and I think about the things that happened that day often and how lucky she is. But its inspired by how she must have felt as she lay there in the road waiting for the ambulance to arrive. It's not specifically about her on that day, but more about anyone that has been through an experience like that."

Win a One-of-a-Kind, Handmade Effects Pedal from Man Mountain! December 29, 2018



Man Mountain
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!


Welcome The Darling Fire to the Spartan Family! Debut Album "Dark Celebration" Out Summer 2019. December 3, 2018

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.

While 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.

Jolie 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:

When 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.

After 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."

Looking 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.

The 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."

Selecting 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."

Without 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 Summer 2019.

American Opera Announces Winter Tour November 16, 2018

East coasters, rejoice! America Opera is headed on tour this winter and he's coming your way. Check out the dates, make your plans to catch a show, and RSVP on Facebook.

11/18 - New York, NY - Arlene’s Grocery
11/28 - Jamaica Plain, MA - The Midway Cafe
11/29 - Brattleboro, VT - The Stone Church
11/30 - Salem, MA - Gulu Gulu Cafe
12/1 - Philadelphia, PA - Wrong Turn House
12/2 - Washington, DC - Dangerous Pies
12/3 - Baltimore, MD - Teavolve
12/4 - Richmond, VA - The Camel
12/5 - Awendaw, SC - Awendaw Green
12/6 - Asheville, NC - The French Broad
12/7 - Greenville, SC - Smiley’s Acoustic Cafe
12/10 - Jacksonville, FL - Bold City Circuit
12/11- Miami, FL - Churchill’s Pub
12/12 - St. Augustine, FL - Sarbez
12/13 - Tampa, FL - Red Light Cafe
12/14 - Okaloosa Island, FL - Dome Home
12/15 - Charleston, SC - The Sparrow
12/16 - Charlotte, NC - Evening Muse
12/17 - Charlotte, NC - Evening Muse
12/23 - Saginaw, MI - Hamilton St. Pub
12/30 - New York, NY - The Map Room (Bowery Electric)