New releases, updated May 7, 2013
English Singles "Ordinary Girls" 7"[BUY 7"] [more info]
English Singles Ordinary Girls 7"
Second Slumberland single for this great Sacramento DIY band. Featuring members of local legends The Bananas, Nar and Bright Ideas, English Singles mine a rich tradition of DIY pop that stretches from Swell Maps and The Television Personalities through to The McTells and The Sea Lions. Three scratchy and home-made (but NOT lo-fi!) sings that take pop back to the basics of catchy tunes, urgent guitars and sing-along choruses.
Kids On A Crime Spree "Creep The Creeps" 7"[BUY 7"] [more info]
Kids On A Crime Spree Creep The Creeps 7"
Oakland's Kids On A Crime Spree are back with this first new record since their "We Love You So Bad" EP of 2011. The new single "Creep The Creeps" has been a staple of the group's live set for a while now, and we're excited to finally have it on vinyl. It's punchy, handclap-driven power-pop of the very highest order, with a driving dance beat, golden 60s pop chops with Ramones-y fuzz drive. "New Ex-Boyfriend" on the flip adds some minor-key drama and echoed surf guitar leads to the mix. It's a heady combination, and points to new directions for exploration.
Wax Idols "Discipline And Desire"[BUY LP] [BUY CD] [more info]
Wax Idols Discipline And Desire LP/CD
Dark, dramatic post-punk from Oakland's awesome Wax Idols. Helmed by Hether Fortune, Wax Idols have improved on their already-great debut album in just about every way. The melodies are stronger, the vocals echoed and haunting, and the playing is at an unflagging level of intensity. While early 80s Siouxsie And The Banshees and 4AD are decent reference points, the song-writing is all Wax Idols and they bring a very modern sensibility, along with sterling production help from Monte Vallier (Weekend, The Soft Moon). It's pop in the largest sense - strongly melodic, confident and impossible to ignore.
Veronica Falls "Teenage"[BUY 7"] [more info]
Veronica Falls Teenage 7"
The first single from Veronica Falls' "Waiting For Something To Happen," "Teenage" was was posted on Soundcloud in November 2012 and became an instant indiepop anthem. By popular demand we’re now making “Teenage” available as a limited edition 7” single and digital download. It’s the ideal encapsulation of Veronica Falls; perfectly balancing joyous melodic pop with undercurrents of sadness and adolescent yearning. The vocal harmonies are pure heaven, and the economical playing and arranging showcase a band operating at a level of skill and craft not often found in today’s indiepop scene. Plainly put, “Teenage” is perfect pop and sure to be one of the finest singles of 2013.
Golden Grrrls "Golden Grrrls"[BUY COLOR VINYL LP] [BUY CD] [more info]
Golden Grrrls Golden Grrrls LP/CD
Glasgow's Golden Grrrls have spent the last few years thrilling pop spotters with a series of excellent singles and tapes. What began as bedroom guitar experimentation soon bloomed into a fully-formed pop language inspired by the 80s New Zealand and Australian indie pop scenes, DIY punk and Glasgow's own rich pop history (think The Vaselines, The Pastels). For Golden Grrrls the band has written eleven perfect songs about life's realities dressed in three-part harmonies, heart-tugging changes and a playing style derived from punk and classic crash-pop enthusiasm.Mail order copies on milky clear vinyl while supplies last. Max 2 per customer please.
Girls Names "The New Life"[BUY COLOR VINYL LP] [BUY CD] [more info]
Girls Names The New Life LP/CD
Amazing second album from this unique Belfast group. Following up the superb, driving "The New Life" single, this album is the sound of a band on the fringes striving to forge their own path, purposefully out of step - and time - with their surroundings. Dark, almost psychedelic post-punk that brings to mind early Cure and Bunnymen, but with Girls Names' signature melodies and fluid guitar work. Gorgeous, euphoric, bold and totally compelling.Mail order copies on white vinyl while supplies last. Max 2 per customer please.
Veronica Falls "Waiting For Something To Happen"[BUY LP] [BUY CD] [more info]
Veronica Falls Waiting For Something To Happen LP/CD
Simply superb second album from London's finest export. At once more immediate and deeper than their excellent debut album, Veronica Falls have created a pop album full of rich melodies, shimmering guitars and perfectly harmonized vocals, all wrapped around a baker's dozen of the best pop tunes you're likely to hear this year, or next. A complete triumph.
Girls Names "The New Life"[BUY COLOR VINYL 12"] [more info]
Girls Names The New Life 12" vinyl
Now expanded to a four piece with a more progressive and expansive sound, Girls Names' new single The New Life clocks in at over 7 minutes and takes you on a journey that mirrors the feelings of a band living and working in economy stricken Northern Ireland - the perfect soundtrack of the bleakness to where they exist. The B-side is a mesmerizing, dubbed-out JD Twitch Optimo remix of the single.