· By John Frazier
Welcome Nashville's Secret Stuff to the Spartan Family
Welcome the Nashville, TN indie rock trio Secret Stuff to the Spartan family! Look for the band's debut 5-song EP This Is Fine to be released this January on 12" etched vinyl and digital outlets everywhere.
The band has been through its fair share of tough times and it comes out in droves on their debut This is Fine, which was engineered and produced by Jon Hicks (Relient K, Haste the Day, Dance Gavin Dance) in his aptly-titled studio, Jon’s House. Members Michael Pfohl, Nathan Childers, and Alexander Gonser juggled relationships, the hosting of bi-weekly house shows, and a full-time college course load while writing and recording the impassioned, ardent five song EP – multiple times.
Michael Pfohl – frontman and founding member – reminisces, "We had what we thought was a finished record several times only to listen back through and realize it wasn’t quite ready." At one point, the band even had to request the percussive aid of Aaron Lunsford (As Cities Burn) in what would prove to be the final version of This is Fine.
This Is Fine displays a fully focused mastery of songwriting, instrumentation, and melody, and captures the angst and misery of formative years. It focuses on shortcomings, the burdens of stress, overly critical self analysis, and coming to terms with it all (the acknowledgement of which is where the title originates).
Secret Stuff will be on tour with Buffalo, NY's Well Kept Things in October and November.
10.25 - Indianapolis, IN - Bad City
10.26 - Springfield, MO - Outland
10.27 - Nashville, TN - Exponent Manor
10.28 - Birmingham, AL - The Hive
10.29 - Atlanta, GA The Masquerade
10.30-11.1 - Gainesville, FL - FEST
11.2 - Boone, NC - Luke's House
11.3 - Richmond, VA - House Show
11.4 - Baltimore, MD - Charm City Art Space
11.5 - Philadelphia, PA - House Show
11.6 - New Brunswick, NJ - Banana Stand
11.7 - Long Island, NY - Shaker's Pub
11.9 - Rochester, NY - Water Street
11.10 - Pittsburgh, PA - City Grove
11.11 - Cleveland, TN - Fool Mansion
11.12 - Evansville, IN - PG