Compared to Wax Idols’ debut LP No Future (a raw, hook-heavy punk effort written and recorded primarily by Fortune in 2010/2011 and released on Chicago’s Hozac Records),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.
Evans the Death release new video for ‘Telling Lies’.Read More
Charles Brownstein talks a bit of life and music with Devin Williams. CB: The Euphoria record seems to be a bit more layered and…Read More
Terry Mallts announces debut LP for Slumberland Attention Public, After careful, weeklong consideration, Terry Malts (San Francisco, CA) have decided to go forth and…Read More
Northern Transmissions interviews the affable JB Townsend from Crystal Stilts Charles Brownstein: Do you feel compelled to be recording all the time? JB Towsend:…Read More
Frankie Rose announces sophomore LP, Interstellar, due Feb. 2012 on Slumberland / Memphis Industries Frankie Rose We were all knocked out by the Frankie…Read More
Being a Rock Star used to be a profession. I know so because in the old board game “Whoisit? you could be any number of occupations ranging from waiter, to football player to rock star. The days of Ziggy Stardust are gone, and even though the Rolling Stones and U2 are still kicking, it’s almost passé to be a “rock star” now, just ask Nickelback.Read More