Young Fox “Predecessors” EP Available Now!

The debut 5-song EP from Young Fox, Predecessors, is available now at digital retailers everywhere! Download your copy now at iTunes, AmazonMP3, Bandcamp, or the Spartan Records store. The EP is also streaming now at YouTube, Spotify, and all other streaming music outlets.


Young Fox formed in 2012 over drinks in a neighborhood pub in Pittsburgh. Martin Lunn (bassist), who’s also in revered metal band Zao, Luke Cypher (vocals/guitar/keys), who happens to share his time as the head chef at Piccolo Forno in Pittsburgh, and Chris Lehberger (drums) began writing, rehearsing and recording and eventually added Brian Schultz (guitar) to the mix, rounding out the four-piece band.

The group was fixated on honing their craft and songwriting on the new EP, Predecessors, until they were completely satisfied. The results are shockingly good too.

Young Fox’s music is dynamic and heartfelt. From the record’s memorable first track “Single Phase” to the last notes of “Define The End,” Young Fox leaves it all on record. Tracks like “The Answer” and “Diet of Worms” are intense and methodical and showcase extraordinary talents from a new band that will be around for years to come. Visit the Young Fox website and follow the band on Facebook and Twitter for additional news and updates.

Young Fox Premiere “Diet of Worms” at Purevolume

Young Fox is gearing up to release their debut EP Predecessors at digital outlets worldwide on July 22nd. In anticipation, we’re premiering a new song called “Diet of Worms” today at Purevolume.com. The EP is available for pre-order now at the Spartan store and all pre-orders include an instant download of “The Answer.”

Stream the new song “Diet of Worms” now, exclusively at Purevolume here!

“‘Diet of Worms’ is a song borne out the idea that you have to fight for what you believe in even if you know you’ll lose,” explains drummer Chris Lehberger. “We wanted it to be aggressive and doomy with a chorus that makes people understand the most important thing is the state of your heart.”

Young Fox’s poignant music is both cathartic in verse as it is in its riffs. Tracks like “The Answer” and “Diet of Worms” remind listeners of the affecting impact that intense and inspiring music can have on a person. Predecessors showcases the band’s depth and maturity, and ultimately establishes them as one of rock’s most promising newcomers.

Follow Young Fox now on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram for additional news and updates!

Behind-The-Scenes of the Schematic “Stand” Music Video

Schematic recently debuted the new music video for “Stand” at Vevo. Now, we teamed up with our friends at Absolutepunk.net to give you an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at the making of the video. The song appears on the album Color (n.) Inside The Lines which is available now on limited edition vinyl, CD, and at digital retailers. Get your copy at the Spartan store or at iTunes!

Louisville’s The Foxery Joins the Spartan Family!

We’re proud to officially welcome the Louisville-based alternative rock band The Foxery to our growing family! The sextet’s debut full-length album, Unless, will be released on limited edition vinyl and at digital outlets everywhere on September 9th.

Stream the album’s first new song, “Broken Vessels,” now exclusively at Diffuser.fm!



The album is available to pre-order now on limited edition vinyl at the Spartan store and is limited to only 300 copies on three different variants. Additionally, you can pre-order your copy digitally at iTunes for a special pre-order price of $7.99.  All pre-orders include an instant download of “Broken Vessels.” 


Coming on the heels of several independent releases, incessant DIY touring, and months and months of persistent writing, The Foxery has found their home on Spartan Records with their debut full-length Unless, unquestionably their most prolific recording to date.

Entirely self-produced, the band spent months dialing in tones, finessing tempos, and meticulously creating the layers that define the new record. Once the band had finished recording, acclaimed mixer J. Robbins (Jawbox, mewithoutYou, Jimmy Eat World) took the reigns for final polishing.  

Thematically, Unless tackles massive questions against the backdrop of a dark and wandering musical journey.
 
“The central themes on the record are feeling alone and this general sense of questioning; questioning one’s faith, faith in ourselves, and faith in the world,” explains guitarist/vocalist Cadillac Young. “Loosely, the album is this narrative about walking into the depths of hell, trudging through the bullshit for too long and then crawling out on our hands and knees. The songs are sad, heavy, and dark because we think that without acknowledging those things in life, that we all carry, the light can’t shine through.”

There is a bittersweet light at the end of the tunnel to the band’s dark introspective theme, which can be felt throughout their newly released song “Broken Vessels.”

“”Broken Vessels” is about feeling like no matter what you do, nothing matters; and then finding comfort in that,” says Young. “Nothing has more meaning than what you give it so give everything as much meaning as you can! But only hold onto what you care most about and not much else. Let it all spill out. Someone will see the beauty in what you couldn’t carry and make use of it.”

The Foxery can best be described as passionate, intense, cathartic, heavy, genuine and fun. In a sense, there could be no better way to characterize both the music and the poetically thrashing spirit of the Louisville sextet.

“We want to inspire people to go into the world and make sounds,” adds Young. “Cook, clean, sing, play music, draw and paint, dance, take walks, play in the rain, stop and listen to the silence, challenge yourself to learn new things, read books, and share your passions with the world around you. Make sounds in whatever way you feel comfortable doing so and make them often!”

Follow The Foxery now on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram for additional news and updates.

Shy, Low Summer Tour Dates Announced

The boys in Shy, Low are about to embark on a two week summer tour that will kick off in Montclair, NJ on July 15th and will wrap up in Monrovia, MD on August 1st.  If you live near any of the cities on the tour, make sure you go out and hang!
 
July 15 - Montclair, NJ - The Batcave
July 16 - New Haven, CT - BAR
July 17 - East Hampton, MA - Flywheel
July 18 - Cambridge, MA - Democracy Center
July 19 - Quebec City, CA - Le Sous-Sol du Cercle
July 20 - Montreal, CA - Pub St. Cibiore
July 21 - Hamilton, Ontario - This Ain’t Hollywood
July 22 - Toronto, CA - The Central
July 23 - Hamtramck, MI - Paycheck’s Lounge
July 24 - Chicago, IL - House Show
July 25 - Bloomington, IN - Rachel’s Cafe
July 29 - Philadelphia, PA - The Fire
July 30 - Washington, DC - Electric Maid
August 1 - Monrovia, MD - Mystery Ton Studios

And in case you missed the most excellent news, the second vinyl pressing of the band’s epic Binary Opposition release is available for pre-order now and limited to 300 copies (150 on White/Clear half & half, 150 on Black/Clear half & half). All orders receive an instant digital download, which includes a previously unreleased bonus track, “Voyager.” Listen to songs and pre-order your copy here!

Welcome Pittsburgh’s Young Fox to the Spartan Family!

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We’re so proud to announce that we’ve signed the Pittsburgh rock band Young Fox…and we’re wasting no time by releasing their debut EP, Predecessors, at digital outlets on July 22nd.  Listen to the new song “The Answer” below and then pre-order the EP the Spartan store here! All pre-orders come with an instant download of “The Answer.” 

"We’re super stoked to enter into a relationship with such a good group of people,” says drummer Chris Lehberger.  “We couldn’t have asked to feel more welcome and are beyond excited for the future. Knowing that we were working with people who truly believe in the music we want to make made signing with Spartan a no-brainer."

The conception of Pittsburgh’s Young Fox came together when Martin Lunn (bassist and member of revered metal band Zao), Luke Cypher (vocals/guitar/keys) and Lehberger (drummer) went out for drinks back in 2012. After discussing an overall vision of the direction of music they wanted to make, the trio began writing and practicing together and eventually they brought in Brian Schultz (guitar) who rounded out the four-piece band.

To say the band is dedicated to their craft is an understatement. Over the last year Young Fox has been focused entirely on writing, rehearsing and recording and re-recording until reaching a point where they were completely satisfied with Predecessors.

Drawing influence from bands like Sunny Day Real Estate, Hum, Failure and Radiohead, Young Fox’s music has an abundant amount of depth and vision. The band’s long hours of writing and rehearsing paid off with a beautiful debut that’s textured and replete with sweeping guitars, introspective lyrics and incredibly memorable choruses, that exhibit a band that’s clearly on a path to a long, celebrated career.

Follow Young Fox now on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram for additional news and updates!

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