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.
- Yes, we listen to them. All of them.
- Streams (Bandcamp, Soundcloud, etc) get listened to in the most timely fashion. Downloads come next, then CDRs, with tapes way behind. Sorry.
- Email demo links to firstname.lastname@example.org. NO ATTACHED MP3s please. Also, please don't send them to our Facebook page or Mike's personal account.
- Bummer fact: You probably will not get a response. The sheer volume of demos we receive precludes responding to each one. We just can't; we'd get nothing else done. With that in mind, please don't keep sending demos over and over; carpet-bombing our email/Facebook/Twitter is one sure way to NOT get your demo listened to.
- A cover letter that shows some familiarity with what Slumberland is about always catches the eye. Humility is appreciated -- being told that your kick-ass band is going to launch our label to fame and fortune doesn't make a great impression.
- Please keep in mind that we're a very small label (one person doing everything at the time of writing) with very limited resources, and generally only start working with a few new bands a year. We can't put out everything we like, as much as we'd like to.