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Wildhoney Discuss Their Favorite Slumberland Releases In Celebration of "SLR30 Singles Subscription Series" | Feature Article


by Wildhoney (@wildhoneybmore) and intro from Dan Goldin (@post_trash_)

Slumerland Records is turning 30 in 2019 and to celebrate, the long beloved label are releasing the "SLR30 Singles Subscription Series," a collection of thirteen 7" singles from over eighteen months, from this year until December of next year, the anniversary of the label. Committed to using the format for new artists, the label shared: "The goal is to work with a group of artists not traditionally associated with the label, to showcase bands' best material and, as always, to help get some of the finest music around out there in a tangible format."

While the first singles come from Rat Columns (mems. Total Control) and The Suncharms, perhaps out most-anticipated of the already announced singles comes from Baltimore's Wildhoney. The band are excited about the opportunity with a deep love for the label and their catalog. The band put together a playlist (below) and a list of their favorite Slumberland release, offering, "Slumberland Records is one of the most formative labels for Wildhoney, here are our top 10 favorite releases in their 30 year history".

In addition to their upcoming Slumberland single, the band will be supporting Hatchie on select West Coast dates this Fall. Find more info here.

Nathan (Guitar):

Rocketship - A Certain Smile, A Certain Sadness
What is best in life?? How bout sick organ drones and brutally sad lyrics with blistering melodies. Legit amazing jangle pop with a serious head nod to Loveless

Real Numbers - Wordless Wonder
Sick tunes, sick guitar leads, sick vibes... sick band all together. Notable tracks being the opener, "Frank Infatuation," and closer, "This Happy Sadness." But really every song on this record is a pop grand slam.

Alan (Bass):

Black Tambourine - By Tomorrow 7”
Four achingly beautiful pop gems. 1960s melancholy ballads set to a whirlwind of guitar feedback. This record made me certain I wanted to make noisy pop music

The Pains of Being Pure at Heart - S/T LP
One of my favorite records of all time. So many things can be said I don’t even know where to start. 

Zach (Drums):

Crystal Stilts - In Love With Oblivion
Perfect for the after hours of a hot summer Saturday night. Do some uppers and blast this shit. Recorded by the one and only Gary Olson, a true scholar of his craft.

Henry’s Dress - S/T EP
Holy shit indie pop isn’t all flowers and innocence and twee bullshit? Unequivocal proof that feedback, noise and distortion go hand in hand with outstanding melody and salty pop sensibility. 

Joe (Guitar):

Stereolab - Switched On Vol 1
Quite literally the perfect band, droning fuzz, Neu! pulse and yeye/bossa nova inspired vocals..... need I say more?

Swirlies - Didn’t Understand 7”
The sound of punk kids making actual pop, bending blown out beauty, never understood why we were compared to them, but I heard this I was like “Yep”.

Lauren (Vocals):

Tony Molina - Dissed and Dismissed/Confront the Truth

In a world where people go on and on and on and on and on about literally nothing sometimes you just want to hear a one minute pop song that just says what it says, and also blatantly rips off the Beatles but in a way that makes you laugh at the audacity and makes your heart feel nice, and makes you want to listen to it five times in a row because it’s still somehow new, and, if it’s done right, why shouldn’t that perfect chord progression exist in as many contexts as possible?