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!
Seattle, WA indie rockers Subways on the Sun will release their sophomore album Capsize on September 21st and we're beyond excited to premiere the new music video for the song "Hope You Like Getting Old" today with KEXP. The album is available for pre-order now on limited edition vinyl and at digital outlets everywhere here and all pre-orders include an instant download of the new single. Additionally, the digital single is available now on Spotify, Apple Music, and all other streaming outlets now.
the band set sail with its shimmering guitar-pop debut The Honeymoon
Stagecoach in 2013, Capsize, steers a course into grittier territory. 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. And 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.
song to be 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.
We're excited to announce that we've signed the Seattle indie rockers Subways on the Sun and will be releasing the band's sophomore album Capsize on September 21st on LP/Digital. Additionally, today marks the official re-release of the 2013 debut album The Honeymoon Stagecoach which is available as a free download on the Spartan website and Bandcamp and on all streaming services here. Subways on the Sun brings an informed and fresh
perspective to northwest indie rock. With
The Honeymoon Stagecoach, the
band "crafted an immaculately-arranged and satisfying debut album that
pays homage to both their hometown and the decade in which it became
ground zero for rock" (The Fire Note). Haunting rhythms and glistening
guitar hooks propel the album forward, bound together by contagious pop
melodies. The album sees the band effortlessly merging the dark groove
of Silversun Pickups, power pop of The Posies, and tongue-in-cheek quirk
of Built to Spill and Blur to create a cohesive debut that impresses
Vocalist/guitarist Erick Newbill says:
able to announce a release date is so exciting for us because the wait
is over both for us and our fans. We encountered a number of setbacks
The Honeymoon Stagecoach and Capsize, and it ended up taking us a
lot longer to finish the new album than we’d planned. We cannot wait to
get the songs out there.
as band that is used to doing everything ourselves, joining forces with
Spartan Records means that the music will reach so many more people
than before. John Frazier is a long time friend and ally and we can’t
think of a better label to be working with. As a fan, I’ve kept my eye
out for the latest releases from Spartan because the catalog has always
been so varied and impressive, and I’m thrilled to have
on the label.
Look for a new song off the band's upcoming release Capsize on August 1st to coincide with the launch of pre-orders and more!
On the heels of their newly released album Liars, Chicago's Hidden Hospitals has released their official music video for the single “Acid Rain.”
“All of the visuals for Liars are stark, literal representations of the song lyrics,” explains vocalist Dave Raymond. “The video for 'Acid Rain' feels to me like a subtle celebration of the artwork. An album cover coming to life.”
Liars is available now on limited edition vinyl and at digital outlets everywhere here.
The secret is out! Mae's The Everglow is returning to vinyl this summer! This brand new pressing
features two LPs, two stunning new variants, and a 28 page foil-stamped
storybook. On sale this Tuesday, June 26th at 10 AM PST. Get more
details and sign up to be notified when it goes on sale here!
Man Mountain is headed out on a west coast tour with Bozeman, MT's Ranges this fall! The band will be out in support of their debut full-length, Infinity
Mirror, which which is available everywhere now. Don't miss your chance to see the band on the West Coast for the first time ever!
Enter to win a custom Fender guitar used during the recording of Dearist's new album Sonder, a copy of the record, and a bunch of merch! There are ten different ways to enter and the more you do, the better chance you’ll have of winning. Read the story of the guitar and enter to win here! Contest ends June 8th!
Stream Hidden Hospitals' new album Liars in its entirely before it comes out this Friday exclusively at Billboard and join them tomorrow for Reddit#AMA at 4 PM EST.
The band will celebrate the release of Liars with a special record release show at the Burlington Bar in Chicago on Friday evening.
Secret Stuff's new song "2828" is a very special collaboration with our friends in Square Peg Round Hole. It's a story about loss and how the power of music can help us rebuild and move forward. Listen now at The Alternative and look for the single tomorrow at digital outlets everywhere.
Stuff's Michael Pfohl says, "I wrote 2828 directly after losing
something very important to me, the house venue I spent over 3 years of
my life growing. After we got the news, I had to pack everything that I
owned into a storage locker and leave the very next day for a tour. With
all of those emotions swirling around in my head, this song was the
only positive thing I could make out of the situation."
Chapman of Square Peg Round Hole adds, "We were honored when we got
asked to collaborate on a new Secret Stuff single. Since we are an
instrumental band, and since the song Michael had written was already so
strong, it was a fun challenge for us to assume new roles as purely
accompaniment. All of our parts were created to compliment existing
vocal lines, chord progressions, and rhythms. To match with Michael’s
primarily acoustic sounds, we opted for the more organic side of our
sound palette, using brushes on the drums and an upright bass bow on the
vibraphone. This was a blast to work on and we are thrilled for it to
finally get released!"
Upcoming Secret Stuff Tour Dates:
5/18 • Akron, OH • Bless This Mess
5/19 • Columbus, OH • Middle Earth
5/20 • Nashville, TN • The Spice Rack
5/21 • Memphis, TN • The Hi Tone
5/22 • St. Louis, MO • Foam
Conspiracy theorists believe that our civilization will meet its
ultimate demise today when the mystical planet Niribu makes impact with
the Earth. Scientists everywhere have debunked this theory as a hoax,
and whether it’s true or not, there is one thing we can confirm with
certainty. Today marks the end of Kiska
- and they are going out in a blaze of glory with a brand new and final
song…aptly titled "Nibiru." Get the song at digital outlets
everywhere now...and may god help us all.