Slumberland Records consistently puts out excellent records in the genres of indie pop and shoegaze, with bands like The Pains of Being Pure at Heart, Veronica Falls, and Crystal Stilts to their credit. And owner and proprietor Mike (aka Papa Slumber) is just a stand-up, no bullshit kind of guy. I respected the fact that he opted to host the Slumberland SXSW Showcase at a gay bar this year, because I have to say it was pretty flattering to be offered free drinks. Although I do regret not talking to that lovely lady that set up camp next to me all night. Howdy, ma’am.
The debut album by San Francisco shoegaze/noise pop band Weekend (not to be confused with self-styled R&Ber, The Weeknd), Sports, was very well-received by critics and fans in 2010. If you like My Bloody Valentine and/or Joy Division, I think Weekend will be right up your alley. The limited edition pressing of Sports on black and white splatter vinyl is highly coveted and hard-to-find, so don’t miss out on the opportunity to get the mail order version of Jinx, which comes with an alternate artwork cover and wicked two-tone blue splatter vinyl. Slumberland mail order copies are usually limited to 200 copies, so these won’t last long. Get it HERE. Unfortunately or fortunately, depending on how you look at things, the retail copies are also on colored vinyl, a similarly awesome two-tone yellow splatter, but it’s obviously not as limited.
If that’s not enough to convince you, here’s what our own Julian Merlowe had to say about lead single “It’s Alright”:
With the same explosive, bittersweet soundscapes that The Cure once made, Weekend relights the torch to the eloquent dark, iconic sounds that once put the English band into critical acclaim. With the same tonal ambiance as a wind waling through the windows, the haunting melody of “It’s Alright” makes it very eerie, with a tinge of nostalgia for early 80’s English post punk. The song encapsulates the adventurous nature of the band and seeing as how Weekend really enjoys taking listeners through a rolling, whisking, swirling sea of sound, it further exemplifies how they have matured and tightened up such a sound over the three years they have been a band. Again, Shaun’s bright, dissonant, dreamy vocals are a compliment to the distorted and harsh track.