Four great bands, two great labels and two continents meet on this stellar mini-LP. Frequent collaborators Slumberland Records and Fortuna POP! team up to bring you "Continental Drift," a smashing eight song sampler of some of the finest pop out there in 2016.
Baltimoreâ€™s Wildhoney have been making music together since 2011, forging a fresh sound from raw materials of shoegaze, punk and good old indiepop. 2015 saw the release of their debut LP and follow-up EP, and now weâ€™ve snagged two top-quality exclusive tunes for this compilation.
East Londonâ€™s Tigercats jangly, effervescent pop nods to their punk roots and spikes the pop punch with anthemic choruses and massive, crunching guitars. Their second album â€œMysteriesâ€ was a huge step forward for the band and the two new songs included here point to even greater things in the future.
Philadelphiaâ€™s Mercury Girls are one of the most talked-about new bands in ages. Featuring members of Literature, Little Big League and Pet Milk, Mercury Girls have a gorgeous, layered sound that combines post-punk dynamics with soaring/jangling guitars, fantastic melodies and expertly-arranged tunes. Their recent single â€œArianaâ€ turned a lot of heads, and their two contributions contained herein should make us all quite excited for their in-progress debut album.
Edinburgh, Scotlandâ€™s The Spook School are surely the most *fun* band taking-on issues of gender and identity today, writing queer-pop anthems that are noisy, tuneful, sharply-observed and outrageously catchy. Citing influences as varied as T-Rex, C86 and Buzzcocks, they tell stories that are as multi-faceted and complex as modern life and sexuality itself, but also universal in their optimism. The title of their recent album â€œTry To Be Hopefulâ€ sums it up well, and their two songs here are up there with the bandâ€™s finest.
1. Mercury Girls - Holly
2. The Spook School - Sometimes I Hide From Everybody
3. Wildhoney - Horror Movie
4. Tigercats - Sidney Street
5. The Spook School - Gone Home
6. Mercury Girls - Beverly
7. Tigercats - Rent Control
8. Wildhoney - T L (Reprisal)