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. And so it continues over twenty years later and 150+ releases later. We still get excited about listening to and sharing new music, and hope to be delivering sublime slabs of pop beauty for many years to come.
Since 2010 and over 2 albums and a slew of singles and tapes, Terry Malts have been exploring the murky area where hope meets disgust, an area populated with anger, hatred, exhaustion, delusion, seclusion, consumption, life, death, breathing, eating and a host of other conflicting and confusing ideas. Their records to date have a been a refreshing blast of catchy punk, pop-influenced but also chaotic, noisy, shredding. Now Terry Malts are releasing their first new material in almost a year. The Insides EP might be their most “pop” record yet, but don’t let that make you believe that they’ve given up on the blazing, verge-of-feedback guitars or pummeling rhythms.
Aug 22 - Portland OR - Bunk Bar ** Aug 23 - Seattle WA - Barboza ** Aug 25 - Bellingham WA - The Shakedown ** Aug 27 - San Francisco CA - Brick & Mortar Music Hall ** Aug 28 - Los Angeles CA - Los Globos ** Aug 30 - San Diego CA - Awesomefest
08/17 - Los Angeles, CA - Little Joy / Echo Park Rising 09/06 - Santa Rosa, CA - Arlene Francis Center *# 09/07 - Olympia, WA - Northern * 09/08 - Seattle, WA - Dragon Room * 09/10 - Portland, OR - Holocene * 09/11 - San Francisco, CA - The Knockout % 10/25 - Los Angeles, CA - Troubadour $ 11/01 - San Diego, CA - Casbah ^ 11/02 - Los Angeles, CA - Bootleg ^ 11/04 - San Francisco, CA - Bottom of the Hill ^
* = w/ Melted Toys # = w/ The Hive Dwellers % = w/ The Mantles $ = w/ Tennis ^ = w/ Frankie Rose
Great news! Joanna Gruesome are coming over to the US to play a select set of east and west coast shows, including some with the BFFs Perfect Pussy. A rare chance to see this fantastic band here in the US, don’t miss them.
08/20 Oakland, CA - 1-2-3-4-Go! Records w/Tony Molina & Hard Left
08/21 San Francisco, CA - Rickshaw Stop - Popscene w/ Manatee
08/22 Los Angeles, CA - The Smell w/Dunes, Michael Vidal & DEBT
08/24 Los Angeles, CA - FYF Fest at LA Sports Arena & Exposition Park
08/25 Brooklyn, NY - Shea Stadium w/ Perfect Pussy, Potty Mouth, The Love of Everything
08/27 Cambridge, MA - The Sinclair w/ Perfect Pussy, Potty Mouth, The Love of Everything
08/28 Philadelphia, PA - First Unitarian Church w/ Perfect Pussy, Potty Mouth, The Love of Everything
08/29 New York, NY - South Street Seaport Seaport Music Festival w/Big Ups
08/30 Washington, DC - Rock & Roll Hotel w/Perfect Pussy, Potty Mouth, The Love of Everything
Literature are taking their spectacular new album “Chorus” on the road this Fall. Here are the first set of dates, check back soon for more mid-west and west coast shows.
Sept 05 - Bethlehem, PA - Tour Kickoff @ TBA Sept 06 - Baltimore, MD - Holy Underground w/Expert Alterations Sept 07 - Washington DC @ George Washington University Sept 08 - Marietta, OH @ Project Active Media Sept 09 - Cleveland, OH @ Dag house Sept 10 - Dayton, OH @ South Park Tavern Sept 11 - Nashville, TN @ Betty’s Sept 12 - Athens, GA @ TBA Sept 13 - Savannah, GA @ The Bomb Shelter Sept 14 - Charlotte, NC @ Snug Harbor Sept 15 - Philadelphia, PA @ Johnny Brenda’s Sept 16 - New Jersey @ TBA Sept 17 - Brooklyn, NY @ Death By Audio Sept 18 - New York, NY - CAKE SHOP NYC
Slumberland Records and Suicide Squeeze Records are proud to join together to re-release all three albums from seminal indie-pop band The Aislers Set. The albums have been re-mastered and all three will feature new eco-friendly CD packaging and will be available on vinyl LP for the first time in at least a decade. Further, the band will play a select set of shows this Fall, and a new album of singles and rarities is being prepared for release in early 2015.
"Terrible Things Happen" and "The Last Match" are the first releases in a projected year-long celebration of Slumberland’s 25th anniversary. We’re super excited to make these incredible albums available again, and we’re even doing a limited edition color vinyl run of each for mail order and the band’s upcoming west coast shows only. Look for more reissues, special gigs and publications soon.
We’re super excited to let you know that Slumberland will be releasing the new album from Philadelphia pop band Literature next month. It’s sparkling, classic indie-pop will sit comfortably next to your Orange Juice, Close Lobsters and The Pains of Being Pure At Heart records. The tunes on “Chorus” are timeless, immediate and well-crafted, each song exploding with energy, clever lyrics and brilliant instrumental detail. Every song on here could be a single; it’s that stacked.
The album is out August 19th, but you can pre-order it now. Mail order copies of the LP are on pink+purple splatter vinyl while supplies last, and there’s also an optional bundle that includes a copy of their great first album “Arab Spring.” The iTunes pre-order includes an immediate download of the album’s first single “The English Softhearts,” which you can listen to below.
"There was absolutely no way that bands like the Bags, Germs or Screamers would have been signed to a major label. I still don’t hear anything quite as confrontational as “We Will Bury You” or “Richie Dagger’s Crime” on the radio, no matter what people say about punk being mainstream nowadays. One thing that will never come into fashion is challenging the expectations of the average consumer.”
Our Slumberland Record of the Day is the sole album from FRANKIE ROSEwith her band The Outs. Fantastic garagey pop with echoes of Shop Assistants, The Aislers Set and some rather Opal-esque moments of moodiness. Great tunes throughout, including a very nice Arthur Russell cover.