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    Our first single, pressed on ice blue vinyl in a lovely full color jacket.

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Slumberland is very happy to bring you the first release by the San Francisco/Oakland band Manatee. Featuring Black Tambourine/Whorl alumnus Mike Schulman, Manatee were a relatively short-lived project who, on this evidence of this fine single, flamed-out far too quickly. Inspired by bands as diverse as Velvet Underground, The Ramones, The Feelies and The Replacements, Manatee created a straight-ahead brand of power-pop that’s as impassioned as it is timeless.

“Indecision” is an uptempo tune driven by a naggingly catchy guitar riff and Keith’s ace vocals. Hearkening back to the 80s heyday of Game Theory, The Replacements and The Smithereens, “Indecision” is an effortlessly rocking pop gem that demonstrates the enduring strength of the basic guitar/bass/drums format when combined with great tunes and a passionate delivery.

“Fifteen Minute Drive” is a moodier affair, a minimal strum ‘n’ drum that snaps along nicely until it reaches a squalling stun-guitar coda, what was once a subliminal bed of noise becoming a torrent of squeal and feedback. That combination of melody and untamed noise is a fine summation of the Manatee aesthetic, and of course makes Manatee a natural for the Slumberland roster.


released March 16, 2010



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Manatee Oakland, California

Oakland's mysterious Manatee are a fiery 4-piece who chart a fine line between the melodic aggression of mid-80s hardcore/punk and more contemplative rocking pop. Originally a vehicle for beer-fueled weekly noise fests, Manatee have started accruing a catalog of tunes that are influenced by Flying Nun bands, '77 punk and psychedelic freeform noise, and releasing a series of limited singles. ... more

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