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Published on September 17th, 2015 | by Jameelah "Just Jay" Wilkerson


Nashville’s Secret Stuff Signs With Spartan Records, Releasing Debut EP ‘This Is Fine’ In January 2016

Indie rock trio Secret Stuff has signed with Spartan Records and will release its debut 5-song EP, ‘This Is Fine’, digitally and on 12″ vinyl in January 2016.

Singer/guitarist Michael Pfohl states, “We’re really excited to work with Spartan because we know that it’s run by good people. John puts in countless hours in support of bands that he believes in and for us to be considered one of those is a tremendous honor.”

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).

Look for Secret Stuff’s ‘This Is Fine’ to be released this January on Seattle’s Spartan Records and stay tuned to Spartanrecords.com for more release news, new music, tour dates, and more

Secret Stuff will be on tour with Buffalo, NY’s Well Kept Things in October and November.

10.24 – Columbus, OH – Donatos Basement

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. 8 – TBA – TBA

11.9 – Rochester, NY – Water Street

11.10 – Pittsburgh, PA – City Grove

11.11 – Cleveland, TN – Fool Mansion

11.12 – Evansville, IN – PG

* no Well Kept Things

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