jake clarke spur split 17

Jake Clarke / Spur


Disposition Collective

Rating: 3.5/5




As with almost every split EP and album I’ve encountered this is a story of two very distinct halves, the first half dozen tracks feature the debut solo release by Philadelphia’s Jake Clarke, who is best known for the two albums that were recorded with Superheaven, whilst the flip side features fellow Pennsylvannians Spur, who bring their impressive shoegaze influenced dream punk sound to the split. This album will be released via the Disposition Collective on the 3rd February 2017, the vinyl edition, that will be issued on black and swirl variants, is now available for pre-order, and the digital version of the album will be available from the release date.

Jake Clarke‘s first solo effort continues where Superheaven left off, Get It Together kicks off Jake Clarke‘s half of the split, this track is the closest to his work with his former outfit as it’s a subdued grunge influenced number, after this things a mellower turn, and in the case of Part 2, a spacier more experimental approach is evident. This is Jake Clarke‘s first solo release and he has delivered a stripped down version of Superheaven‘s trademark sound, this is a much more sensitive recording than his fans will be used to, but it’s one that carries the same sensibilities as his former outfit.

Spur bring their indie influenced dream punk and they bring this release to life, there’s a clear influence from a broad range of styles, including shoegaze, emo, post hardcore and the indie scene of the late eighties on their side of the split, and it’s one certainly carries more energy than the subdued half dozen songs from their counterpart on this split. The stand out track on the album comes in the form of the much darker and heavier number, Freeze, along with this you get three breezy energetic indie influenced numbers and they close their side with the dark and dramatic piano led number, Moon.

With any split release you are going to find yourself falling for one half of the EP, for me Spur‘s contribution was one that had more of an appeal, but that’s not to dismiss Jake Clarke‘s contribution, as the two artists featured on this album do compliment each other nicely. Jake Clarke‘s debut solo release gives you an indication of the direction he’ll be headed in when his debut full length is released, and Superheaven fans will not be disappointed by the road he’s headed down. Spur have marked themselves as a band I’m going to be watching closely, the variation across their five tracks indicates they are no one trick indie pony, the contrast between the light energetic upbeat compositions and their darker fuzzier alter ego has certainly piqued my interest.

The Jake Clarke / Spur Split Album is available for pre-order here

Spur Stream ‘Fire’ From Forthcoming Split Album

jake clarke spur split 17Willkes-Barre dream-punk band Spur are now streaming their new single, Fire, the song is taken from their upcoming split with Jake Clarke, formerly of Superheaven. The split, which features six songs from Jake Clarke and five songs from Spur, comes out February 3rd via Disposition Collective.

Pre-orders for the Spur / Jake Clarke split album are now available here

Fire can be streamed via Brooklyn Vegan here

Close To Home Records Announce Mental Health Awareness Compilation

Some Kinda FixEssex-based independent label Close To Home Records is releasing a new compilation for charity featuring Title Fight, Basement, Superheaven, Moose Blood, Hindsights, Dearist, Forrest, Rain, Waleated, Losing Sleep, Pretend Happy and more.  The collection of songs is intended to raise awareness of mental health issues including depression, anxiety and self-harm with profits to be donated to mental health charity MIND.

The record is available to stream and download here.  The compilation is titled Some Kind of Fix and is available now to stream and download digitally.  

Video: Superheaven – Chrome Invaders

SuperheavenSuperheaven has premiered a new music video from their freshly released new album, Ours Is Chrome.  The album will be available everywhere on May 4, 2015 via SideOneDummy Records.  

Watch the video here.  Pre-orders are now available.

Superheaven Full Album Stream

SuperheavenSuperheaven has premiered a full stream of their upcoming sophomore effort, Ours Is Chrome.  The album will be available everywhere on May 4, 2015 via SideOneDummy Records.  

Listen to the full disc here courtesy RedBull.

 Pre-orders are now available.

Video: Superheaven – Next To Nothing

SuperheavenSuperheaven has premiered a new music video.  The video features the song “Next To Nothing” and comes from their upcoming sophomore effort, Ours Is Chrome.  The album will be available everywhere on May 4, 2015 via SideOneDummy Records.  Pre-orders are now available.

Watch the music video below.

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Superheaven Announces New Album; Premieres Music Video

SuperheavenSuperheaven has announced the release of their sophomore album.  The disc will follow their  2013 debut Jar, and be titled Ours Is Chrome.  The album will be available everywhere on May 4, 2015 via SideOneDummy Records.  Pre-orders are now available.

The celebrate the announcement, fans can watch the Alex Henery-directed video for “I’ve Been Bored,” below.

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