Surprises’ Brooks Paschal (of Early 00’s Emo Vets Sullivan) Previewing Another New Track Off ‘Natural Disaster’ LP Out May 31 on Spartan Records
“…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
Surprises, the solo project of Brooks Paschal, frontman of beloved 00’s emo group Sullivan, continues to preview tracks off his upcoming LP ‘Natural Disaster,’ which will be released on May 31st via Spartan Records.
Stream “A Peace Anthem” on Sound The Sirens: https://soundthesirens.com/
Brooks says, “I think ultimately the song is about process. It’s not uncommon for me to have bad days that I try to explain away by some past failure by myself or some time life failed me. A lot of the lyrics are just reliving those moments and remember those people. Whether it’s bullshit or not, I’d like to think I beat it by the end of the day/song.”
‘Natural Disaster’ is now available for pre-order at: http://spr.tn/naturaldisaster.
All pre-orders include an instant high-quality download of the singles “Natural Disaster, “Tell the World, “El Salvador,” “A Peace Anthem,” and a full album download + the exclusive bonus track “Natural Disaster” (A Capella)” on May 31st.
The first 100 pre-orders also include a 12″ x 12″ lithograph autographed by Brooks Paschal and a limited edition 4-piece Surprises button set.
“Subconsciously, these songs were there the whole time.”
These words seem like an understatement coming from Brooks Paschal. 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 the musician’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.
“The core philosophy of Surprises is: no rules,” Paschal says. “While writing, I’ve never thought to myself, ‘kids won’t like this,’ or ‘people’ will love this.’ In fact, if I do, I stop. If I sit down and try, it’s not going to come out right.”
With instincts driving all direction, Surprises has taken Paschal into personally unchartered territory as a songwriter. Where conceptually all lyrical material for Sullivan was purely fictional storytelling, Surprises delves
On most solo records, the fewer-moving-parts approach is sonically evident; however, with Surprises this is certainly not the case. Natural Disaster is a concentrated amalgamation of all the driving, melodic, soaring, and
The timing for this nuanced stylistic change could not be better. Having both recorded and toured successfully in the early 2000’s, a sonic time period that many young emo/indie bands are now trying to emulate, Natural Disaster is
For the release of the debut LP, Surprises will partner with longtime collaborators, Spartan Records. “There was never a thought of releasing this album with anyone else,” says Paschal. “John Frazier (Spartan Records Owner/CEO) is a gut guy who likes what he likes and the other industry factors have to sit in the back seat. That is exactly what Surprises is to me, so the match is perfect.”
Please stay tuned to spartanrecords.com for more info about Surprises.