You guys, BIGNEWS. We’ve successfully bamboozled a very, very talented UK band called THUMPERS into agreeing to release their debut record with us, Sub Pop Records. Those fools. As a preview of what’s to come with their forthcoming record, take a listen to the insanely catchy track “Unkinder (A Tougher Love)” in the blog post-accompanying player. It’s been playing all over the Sub Pop office for weeks now—it’s that catchy.
THUMPERS will tour Europe this fall as direct support for Glaswegian-band Chvrches. The tour begins October 10th in Glasgow, UK at o2 ABC and ends on October 30th in Stockholm, SE at Debaser. Preceding the tour the band has a handful of dates to mention including October 8th in Dublin and October 9th in Belfast supporting Everything Everything.
Oct. 08 – Dublin, IE – Academy*
Oct. 09 – Belfast, IE – Limelight*
Oct. 10 – Glasgow, UK – ABC*
Oct. 11 – Glasgow, UK – ABC *
Oct. 12 – Sheffield, UK – Leadmill *
Oct. 14 – Manchester, UK – Ritz *
Oct. 15 – Bristol, UK – University of Bristol/The Anson Rooms *
Oct. 17 – London, UK – Shepherds Bush Empire *
Oct. 19 – Paris, FR – La Maroquinerie *
Oct. 20 – Brussels, BE – AB *
Oct. 22 – Amsterdam, NL – Melkweg *
Oct. 23 – Cologne, DE – Gebaude 9 *
Oct. 25 – Munich, DE – Strom *
Oct. 26 – Berlin, DE – Postbanhof *
Oct. 28 – Hamburg, DE – Mojo Club *
Oct. 29 – Copenhagen, DK – Vega *
Oct. 30 – Stockholm, SE – Debaser **
As has happened since the beginning of time on planet earth, summer has ended and another school year has begun. We have, perhaps a few weeks too late to get a big piece of that sweet back-to-school consumer dollar pie, created four Sub Pop backpacks featuring a big pocket and a little pocket. There’s room enough for big things like books and also littler, precious items like not books. With four backpacks to choose from and at just $35 apiece, there’s really no reason we can’t get these things on the back of every student or person who needs to carry things in a pack that goes on their back on earth. Let’s start with you.
Bonus! By ordering this backpack, we will also throw in 2 randomly selected Sub Pop buttons as well. Also, stickers.
In conjunction with our recent self-celebratory Sub Pop Silver Jubilee (really good stuff, us), we created many new Sub Pop items for fans who already have all of our other previously available merch items (namely a black logo shirt and a white logo shirt). We sold out of most of the new stuff at the festival, so we’ve slowly been restocking our warehouse shelves to make them available to our online customers as well. And with that, we bring you these three new Sub Pop wearables: an SP Logo Pocket Tee, a Queen Tanktop, and this glorious Sub Pop Baseball Hat. Collect them all.
For years, we here at Sub Pop have had a severe and ever-present lack of tote bags available for sale and for our own personal use—namely just bringing our lunch in to work or our records home—but no longer. Ever since our jubilant Silver Jubilee 25th Anniversary Festival back in July, we have had them available for sale on our website. These tote bags are made from heavy duty canvas and will withstand the weight of as many records (or farmer’s market peaches, airplane bottles of booze—whatever), and at just $12 each, you’ll have money leftover to fill them with records (we also sell those—just sayin’).
Knowing our propensity for forever loudly promoting about ourselves, you are likely all too aware that we’ve temporarily opened a very physical, offline, Sub Pop Mega Mart in Seattle, WA. The purpose of this very tangible, not at all online business arm of the Sub Pop empire is twofold: Fold 1) To sell you the things we sell; Fold 2) To promote the fact that we are celebrating 25 (consecutive!) years of business with a FREE festival we’re calling The Sub Pop Silver Jubilee taking place in Georgetown on July 13th in the very same Seattle neighborhood as the temporary Mega Mart.
We thought it best create an entirely new crop of Sub Pop gear to make available because, how many Loser t-shirts can we ask any one person own (the answer to that seemingly rhetorical question is two: here and here)? We asked our merch department to get to work, and what they came back with was an inspired group of new Sub Pop merchandise ripe and ready for commerce. We now have baseball hat options, Sub Pop 45 adapters, sharp lapel pins, key concierges, Loser sunglasses, button packs, and a dynamic mug duo mug set. It’s all a little overwhelming given that we haven’t expanded our Sub Pop merchandise offerings much in the past decade or so, so please pardon us if we’re overly exuberant about all of this new, and must-have (for us Sub Pop employees, at least) stuff.
In addition to the recently mentioned things we’re now selling online, we have other new offerings that are currently only at the temporary Mega Mart in Georgetown that we are either keeping exclusive there until after the Silver Jubilee on July 13th, or are too cumbersome to ship to you safely if sold online. So, if you’re in Seattle and you want to check out all of these new Sub Pop wares in person, head down to Georgetown and pop in—say hi to Tim, our shopkeep, pick up some relatively rare Sub Pop vinyl, and check out all of the new stuff. We’re open Thursday-Saturday 12-8, and Sunday 12-6.
If you’re not able to visit the Mega Mart in person, take a virtual look at these fine new Sub Pop, uh, things.
You only turn 25 once and thanks to the thousands of wonderful people who turned out to the Sub Pop Silver Jubilee yesterday in Seattle, we did it right. Music was played, food truck food was consumed, beers and sangria downed, and it all added up to one of the most memorable experiences in Sub Pop history. We’re a very lucky record label to have fans like y’all. Thank you.
Here are a few highlights lifted from Instagram photos tagged #SilverJubilee. Thank you to everyone who shared their highlights on the online social stuff.