Subways on the Sun
are celebrating the one year anniversary of their sophomore album Capsize by premiering the new music video for the LP's title track at Northwest Music Scene. Watch it below and pick up a copy of the album everywhere here.
Erick Newbill says, "We chose “Capsize” as the title track because it
brings together quite a few themes we find running through the album. In
the face of adversity will we sink, or are life’s setbacks just
temporary things we’ll find a way to overcome?"
adds, "The experience of filming the video alongside my son was one of
the most meaningful experiences I’ve had both as a musician and a
parent. It’s so great when different elements of life we care deeply
about intersect and become something beautiful."
Reader's debut album Engrams doesn’t come out until tomorrow, but you can listen to the entire album a day early exclusively at Kerrang!.
Kerrang! calls the record "a collision of heavy, intense and urgent feeling, masterful
musicianship, and lyrics and vocals that have an otherworldly (yet
vulnerable) edge to them, Engramsis a triumphant success of a debut record."
Watch the new Surprises music video for "I Can't See You Em" at Dread Central. The song appears on the new album Natural Disaster which is available everywhere now!
Brooks tells Dread Central: "My main objective was to capture the inescapability of anxiety. I knew
that I didn’t want to make a traditional music video in that the
performance had to be part of the landscape. I wanted the
viewer/listener to feel that I was trapped in whatever space I was in. I
had the idea of using the old footage while watching Kingdom of the
Spiders. There was something that was authentic and completely
unrepeatable about it. A director buddy of mine pointed me to
archive.org. I watched hours of footage to find the moments that really
sold the recklessness of the song. The one thing I noticed looking back
was the commonality of the shots I chose despite the different decades
of the footage. There was a cohesion that made me believe in the song
more and hopefully will give folks another reason to listen/watch."
Demons has released a new single titled “Uglier Americans.” All
proceeds from the song will be donated to Texas-based organization
RAICES, which is focused on education, affordable legal assistance
provided to those impacted by illegal and unjust raids, and
opportunities for involvement from those interested in helping. Get the song now at Bandcamp.
Zach Gehring discussed the timely track,
stating, “The separation of families at the border, and the policies
that underscore recent activities targeting families from Mexico,
Central, and South America, and US citizens are completely backwards and
unquestionably cruel. Immigration policies and the inhumane treatment
of people of all ages demands a response.” He continues to say “any
action that can help thwart or slow down what is happening. This song is
was motivated by an attempt to critique the gap between immediacy and
reflection – the immediacy and urgency for those threatened by these
policies versus the reflective and abstract media commentary and
discourse that privileged people (like us) engage in and respond to
Welcome Seattle’s Reader to the Spartan family! We are beyond thrilled to release the band’s debut album Engrams on August 16th. Listen to the new single "Skeleton" at digital outlets everywhere here and pre-order the album on limited edition vinyl or animated picture disc here to get the song right now.
In a time of facsimiles, replicas, and false tributes, along comes Reader — a bombastic, fearlessly unusual rock quartet from Seattle, WA. Practically speaking, this means stunning and precise vocal harmonies over shattering angular guitars, unconventional time signatures, and a driving rhythm section. Less practically speaking, the band’s debut record Engrams is a journey — a dynamic and unpredictable experience that challenges the listener in all the best ways. Attempting to neatly categorize Reader's sound is a fool’s errand. No clean “recommended if you like” comparisons can be made. The band could best be described as an experimental amalgamation of melodic and layered harmonies over aggressive and mathy guitar-driven rock. Think Alice In Chains meets the late-60’s vocal stylings of groups like CSNY and Simon and Garfunkel. An original juxtaposition of forces, authentic and uncompromised in any direction.
Fallow Land's new single "The Body” is premiering now at The Alternative!
The song come from the band's debut album Slow Down, Rockstar which
comes out everywhere on July 26th! Listen now and get two songs
instantly when you pre-order the album on limited edition vinyl here!
30 Days of Spartan begins today! For the first 30 days of July, share your Spartan images on Instagram with the hashtag #30DaysofSpartan. Together, we’ll spread the spirit of independent music and help others discover some amazing new Spartan artists. We’ll be featuring a different Spartan release every day and to sweeten the pot, for all 30 days you can save 30% off almost everything at the Spartan store when you use the discount code 30DAYSOFSPARTAN. Thank you in advance to all of you who participate. You are our community and you keep the Spartan sword sharp!
Please join us in welcoming Ann Arbor’s Fallow Land to the Spartan family! We're beyond excited to announce that we'll be releasing the band's debut album Slow Down, Rockstar on July 26th. Listen
to the premiere of the new song "The Hope" exclusively at BrooklynVegan
and get the song instantly when you pre-order the album on limited
edition vinyl at the Spartan store and Bandcamp.
Land was born in a time of trepidation — a period of unease and anxiety
following multiple losses. The result: Fallow Land's debut EP Pinscher, a guitar-driven narrative centered around disillusion. Two years have now passed since the release of Pinscher
and with time has come critical praise, healing, and evolution — all
elements that fueled the creation of Fallow Land’s debut LP Slow Down, Rockstar.
For Fallow Land, the album marks a sonic progression. In the spirit of
bands like Foxing, American Football, and Minus the Bear, the record is
driven by rhythmically-nuanced textures. The sum of the intricate
instrumentation and layers create a lush and mathy soundscape. While
records within this genre can border on self-indulgent, the Matt Bayles
(Isis, Minus the Bear, Pearl Jam) produced Slow Down, Rockstar remains accessible, memorable, and melodically compelling throughout the entire album.
Watch the premiere of The Darling Fire's amazing music video for the brand new single "Saints in Masquerade" at Kerrang!
The song comes off the band's new album Dark Celebration which is available now.
The debut album from The Darling Fire, Dark Celebration, is available now! Produced by J. Robbins (Jawbox, Burning Airlines), the band features members of The Rocking Horse Winner, Further Seems Forever, Dashboard Confessional, Shai Hulud, As Friends Rust, among others. Get your copy on limited edition vinyl and at digital outlets everywhere — and don’t miss the band playing two record release shows at Arlene's Grocery in New York City this weekend! Get it here!
Charleston, South Carolina noise-punk agitators, Florida Man, recently released their sophomore full-length, Tropical Depression and today we've teamed with FLOOD Magazine to premiere their new music video for standout track "Holy Roller." Tropical Depression is a sinister slab of riffs and feedback that offers hardcore heaviness with noise rock menace and--as evidenced by "Holy Roller"-- a surprising dose of groove-laden hooks. The band often uses tongue-in-cheek aesthetics to interrogate darker themes, and the video for "Holy Roller" finds Florida Man posing as a public access cable cult. FLOOD praised the "fiery" track and said "the video, like most of Tropical Depression, is entirely over-the-top, with the band shredding in the type of church you only see on community access television." Get the album now on limited edition vinyl and at digital outlets everywhere here!
Surprises’ long-awaited new album Natural Disaster is out now! 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. Get it now at digital outlets everywhere and on limited edition vinyl.
Early Praise for Natural Disaster
"...an irresistible mix of melody, biting lyrics, and resonate songwriting."- Sound The Sirens
"...big, booming choruses, hook-laden verses but with
contemporary sensibilities that give the listener a well-intentioned
wink and some worldly wit."- PopMatters
"You might know Brooks Paschal as the vocalist for early 2000s
indie rock group Sullivan, but these days he’s fronting Surprises. Think
a grittier Jimmy Eat World and you’re not too far off the mark."- The Alternative
"...takes an emo-based sound and maneuvers it into pop-rock/power-pop gold."- Substream
"...Raw, catchy & volatile..."- Atwood Magazine
"infectious melodies...passionate, melodically woven lines..."- New Noise