Unwed Sailor's new single "Ajo" is out today on all streaming services. It’s a funky, angular, and melancholic yet danceable tune that thrusts the band into uncharted sonic territory. Go take a listen here and pre-order the new Truth or Consequences to get an instant download of two songs now!
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The debut album from AssertionIntermission will be available everywhere on April 9th and we’re thrilled to premiere the first single "Supervised Suffering" today at Rolling Stone.
The album marks the official return of the fabled drummer William Goldsmith, who ten years ago, walked away from a successful music career that included stints as a founding member of Sunny Day Real Estate, The Fire Theft, and Foo Fighters. Together with his Assertion bandmates, guitarist/vocalist Justin Tamminga and bassist Bryan Gorder, Assertion's debut album Intermission is real, propulsive, and earnest -- a cathartic experience that proudly does not nestle nicely alongside current bands -- or really many releases at all from the last couple decades. The album conjures more connections to the heady grit and soaring grind of the 90's. Driving guitars anchored by a frenetic rhythm section. A haunting vocal delivery concealing a heartfelt sentiment. Track-by-track, the record builds into a dark and heavy crescendo but unpredictably retreats into delicate and fragile moments in masterful ways.
Intermission is available for pre-order now on limited edition LP / Digital and all pre-orders include an instant download of the new single. Follow Assertion across social media [Facebook | Instagram | Twitter] for the latest news and updates.
The journey of Unwed Sailor began in Seattle, WA in 1998, shortly after Johnathon Ford departed critically praised bands Roadside Monument and Pedro the Lion. While working within those projects, Ford began writing instrumental music after listening to Tortoise and seeing bands like Physics perform live. After recruiting Dave Bazan (Pedro the Lion), Casey Wescott (Fleet Foxes), and Melissa Palladino (Danielson Famile) to play on the now classic Firecracker EP, Unwed Sailor was born. Two decades and seventeen releases later, Ford has continued to rely on the band as a device for personal exploration and emotive narration.
Unwed Sailor now joins forces with Spartan Records for the release of their latest moody and cinematic journey, Truth or Consequences, a sonic examination of particular memories or moments in Johnathon Ford's life, with each song serving as a unique snapshot of an overarching narrative. Truth or Consequences is shaped around familiar musical DNA. Heavily present, driving, and stacked bass lines; wandering and evolving song structures; soaring crescendos and moody diminuendos; and, of course, a gripping sense of sonic storytelling. Listen to the new song “Blitz” at BrooklynVegan here and pre-order / pre-save the album now on limited edition LP / CD / Cassette / Digital or as part of some exclusive new merch bundles!
Please join us in welcoming Assertion to the Spartan family! The band marks the official return of drummer William Goldsmith, who ten years ago, walked away from a successful music career that included stints as a founding member of Sunny Day Real Estate, The Fire Theft, and Foo Fighters. Look for the band’s debut full-length album “Intermission” on April 9th and stay tuned for new music, pre-orders, and much more in the days and weeks to come!
After over 23 years, The Farewell Bend's classic album In Passing is finally coming to streaming outlets for the first time ever this Friday. Remastered by Paul Malinowski of Shiner, this re-issue also includes the bonus track “Service Engine Soon.” Pre-save the album here and stay tuned for some exciting news about our all-new vinyl pressing!
After the release of VAR's debut full length, The Never-Ending Year, and amidst the global pandemic, opportunities to perform the record live were nonexistent. "We felt like we had to do something to give people at least a little taste of us playing these songs live," says Júlíus Óttar Björgvinsson, "VAR has always been about playing live, and we always give everything we have to make the tension between us and the audience both peaceful and powerful." After some discussion, the next best option in lieu of live performance was a series of live performance videos, filmed at the organ workshop where the band practices. "We got our producer Eiður to do the sound for the videos and when he sent us the audio files, Arnór brought that idea of releasing a live EP. We were happy with the sound he got from the session and how far it is from how the album sounds. It’s powerful, it’s raw and it’s honest. And that is VAR."
VAR's Live at
EP is available at streaming outlets everywhere now. Watch the band perform the song “Where To Find You” at Under the Radar and get the EP everywhere you listen to music here.
As the long year winds to a close, we're proud to present Reader's new two song EP Behind the Empty House. In the afterglow of their first
full-length Engrams, Reader reconvened to focus, once again, on
the seminal axioms to which their creative process is owed: intention
and evolution. Still present are the tangled conversations between
glassy guitars over the methodic rumble of bass and drums. However here
Reader lets their hair down, experimenting with a broader sonic palette
and unorthodox composition styles. Clocking in at almost five minutes
apiece, these songs take lesser-traveled roads to even lesser-explored
destinations. Eerily foreshadowing this year’s forced reclusion, "Behind
the Empty House" and "Two Pines" lyrically explore themes of isolation
and introspection through a mercurial lens. “Behind the Empty House,”
tells a labyrinthine narrative alluding to invisible enemies and macabre
hallucinations, while "Two Pines" regales of a fragmented self,
influenced heavily by James Wright’s heartbreaking poem “Lying in a
Hammock at William Duffy’s Farm in Pine Island, Minnesota.” Enjoy wherever you listen to music here.
Take a trip through a psychedelic car wash as you enjoy Fallow Land's new music video for "The Hope" which is premiering now at BrooklynVegan. The song comes off the band’s latest album Slow Down, Rockstar which available now wherever you listen to music here.
The Spartan Vault Sale is our biggest sale ever! Save up to half off on Spartan titles and merch, gain access to rare out-of-print variants, and auction to win rare test pressings. It’s going on now through September 22nd, so start shopping here and stay tuned for more fun announcements in the days and weeks to come. We’re also throwing in free stuff with every order, so what are you waiting for?!
We're excited to present Mountain Time's new music video for “Empty Graves,” a single lifted from Chris Simpson’s (Mineral, The Gloria Record) acclaimed new album, Music For Looking Animals. Directed by Gates Bradley (White Walls Say Nothing), the serene and beautifully shot black and white video speaks to the spiritual depth of Simpson’s latest work along
with our collective desire for live music again in any form during this
difficult year. Watch the video for “Empty Graves” at Rolling Stone here.
Simpson had the following to share about the video and how it came together:
[Bradley] sent me some photographs he had been taking on his LA morning
motorcycle rides that featured barren urban landscapes and clear,
I loved his ideas and I love what he came up with. The images are so beautiful. When everything just screeches to a halt like that and there’s this sudden clarity and almost a heaviness, like a blanket laying over everything, keeping it quiet and still. And then the signs of life carrying on across it—the birds slowly traversing the long shots. It’s exquisite.”
Watch VAR's new music video for "Run" now exclusively at The Alternative. The song comes off the band’s mesmerizing new album The Never-Ending Year which is available everywhere now. Watch it below and then stream the album that The Alternative calls "a beautiful flurry of spacious post-rock, anthemic alt-rock, and even languid dream pop at times...at once serene and propulsive" here.