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|Origin||Fayetteville, Arkansas, U.S.|
|Genres||Metalcore, Hard rock, rapcore (early), rap metal (early)|
|Labels||E1, Tooth & Nail, Metro 1|
|Past members||Jesse McDermott
Starting in 1996, Spoken quickly became a mainstay in their local music scene due to a relentless work ethic and performance schedule. Shortly after forming, Spoken was signed to their first record deal with Metro 1 Music, on which they released three LPs and a greatest hits compilation. With the release of their first album, On Your Feet (1997), and continuing through their second record, …What Remains (1999), the Spoken sound was a combination of rap meets metal and a bit of melodic rock. The third full-length release, Echoes of the Spirit Still Dwell (2000) contained a heavier, more melodic approach to song writing, with songs like "Forevermore" and "This Path" generating repeated rotations on various modern rock radio and video programs across the country.
A Moment of Imperfect Clarity
Spoken signed to Tooth and Nail Records to release their next album, titled A Moment of Imperfect Clarity. This, and their subsequent albums on Tooth and Nail, highlighted an evolving sound in which first melody and then a post-hardcore sound were introduced and stressed. The band shot music videos for "Promise" and "Falling Further"
The Last Chance to Breathe
In 2005, Spoken released Last Chance to Breathe. The style changed even more, becoming more based on screams than heavy guitar work. A music video was shot for "Bitter Taste", a single from the album, featuring Cory Brandon Putman of Norma Jean.
On September 25, 2007, Spoken released the album, Spoken. The sound was heavier and more mature, with both heavy vocals and heavy guitar work. Matt Baird, the lead vocalist for Spoken, said this about their sound: "Our new record has a lot of diversity. There are songs that are heavier than anything we've done before, and there is a song that is mostly piano. The songs are really all over the place as far as a similar style or genre, but it works. I think the record is extremely cohesive. I can't wait for people to hear it."
Spoken has made multiple trips across the United States as well Japan, Germany and Sweden. Averaging over 100 shows a year, they regularly see attendance into the hundreds, filling venues to capacity throughout the U.S.
Echoes of the Spirit Still Dwell re-release
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In late 2008, Spoken disappeared from the Tooth & Nail roster. Several months later the band announced that they had left the label. Spoken then announced the label Alien Patrol was to release a digital re-release of Echoes of the Spirit Still Dwell, an album that had an extremely limited release early in their career.
Spoken has been working on a new record since 2009 with producer Jasen Rauch. They have revealed that the record is finished and will be released on February 12, 2013 through E1 Music and will be called, "Illusion". The band will support the album with a spring tour alongside Volbeat and Danko Jones. The first single, "Through It All", was released on December 18, 2012.
- Matt Baird - vocals (1996 – present)
- Oliver Crumpton - drums (2007 – present)
- Ryan Pei - bass guitar (2011 – present)
- On Your Feet (September 22, 1997) (Metro 1 Music)
- ...What Remains (February 2, 1999) (Metro 1 Music)
- Echoes of the Spirit Still Dwell (October 3, 2000) (Metro 1 Music)
- A Moment of Imperfect Clarity (September 2, 2003) (Tooth & Nail Records)
- Last Chance to Breathe (August 30, 2005) (Tooth & Nail Records)
- Spoken (September 25, 2007) (Tooth & Nail Records)
- Illusion (February 12, 2013) (E1 Music)
- Spoken Greatest Hits (January 19, 2001)