Bent Shapes make their Slumberland Records debut on March 11th with the release of Wolves of Want. The Boston band’s new album recorded with…Read More
Slumberland began operations in 1989 as a collective effort consisting of members of DC area bands Velocity Girl, Big Jesus Trash Can/Whorl, Black Tambourine and Powderburns. We were inspired by such musical happenings as C-86, early Creation, Postcard, K, Bus Stop, lower East Side noise, and also the renegade art aesthetics of people like Cage, Burroughs and Duchamp. We were complete musical neophytes but so pumped-up about all the amazing things going on in post-punk independent music that we just had to jump in.
The explosion of punk had left behind a thriving network of ‘zines, labels and distributors and we felt that there was room for our noise-loving, pop-obsessed aesthetic. While there were loads of US indie labels releasing a steady stream of 7″s, there wasn’t much pop going on. Notable exceptions included Bus Stop, K and Picture Book, and we hoped to join that group and help chisel out some space for melodies amongst the noise.
Early releases from Velocity Girl and Black Tambourine struck a note, and we found like-minded popsters getting in touch from all over the world. As we expanded the label roster and our own horizons, the goal was always to bring you great songs and interesting sounds from a range of styles. We are justifiably proud of our influential series of releases that lasted throughout the 1990s and early 2000s, bringing you seminal records by legendary bands like Rocketship, The Ropers, Lorelei, The Aislers Set, Hood and Boyracer.
More than twenty years we are still at it, ploughing our own furrow and bringing you unique, genre-defining (and genre-defying!) releases from bands like The Pains of Being Pure At Heart, Frankie Rose, Crystal Stilts, Veronica Falls, Weekend and many, many more. As always, we operate entirely outside of the echo chamber of trends, fashion and phoney hipness. Slumberland bands are independent in the best way possible — making music devoid of bullshit and true to their own voices, regardless of current popular taste.
Welsh band, Joanna Gruesome member, Owen Gruesome guests on ‘Records In My Life’. He talks about his favourite albums, including titles by Broadcast, Nina…Read More
Bay Area garage-pop band The Mantles are set to release their latest musical offering, All Odds End on October 16 via Slumberland Records. The…Read More
Bay Area garage-pop band The Mantles have announced their forthcoming release All Odds End. The new album will be released on October 16th via…Read More
Bay Area garage-pop band The Mantles announce their latest musical offering, ‘All Odds End.’ The new album will be released via Slumberland Records on…Read More
This week Literature shares the video for “Kites” from their sophomore album Chorus, out now via Slumberland Records. Philadelphia, PA’s Literature features Kevin Attics,…Read More
Joanna Gruesome, the Welsh noise pop group have announced a North American tour in support of their latest album Peanut Butter, out now on Slumberland (US) [digital /CD+LP], Fortuna…Read More
Over the decades, many indie pop bands have explored the middle ground between harsh noise and sugary sweetness. This characterized genre forefathers like the…Read More
Slumberland Records is happy to announce the release of Rest And Be Thankful, the new album from _LINDEN, out the June 23rd 2015 on…Read More
Expert Alterations will be releasing their self-titled EP this summer via Slumberland Records. Today, they share a taste of the album, with the track…Read More
Watch Young Guv’s cinéma vérité video for “Ripe 4 Luv,” featuring boxers training for Rio Olympics in a London gym. The track comes from…Read More
Joanna Gruesome recently released their single “Honestly Do Yr Worst”, off their new album Peanut Butter, due out May 19 via Slumberland (US) and May 11…Read More