As well as showering you with riches that you could scarcely have ever imagined before, the transition from being unemployed to full-time worker robs you of one thing you once thought you had a limitless supply of – time. As sad as it is, spending your day earning money means you’re no longer able to spend your days doing things you like, not earning money. The Drums are a band who are, presumably, earning a little bit of money playing shows to rooms full of middle class teens all over Europe, whilst possibly earning enough royalties to pay for the odd sandwich at a roadside garage. Their music is far from universally loved, but the fact that they still find time to manage and run their own free download record label is something to be applauded.
The bands put out through ‘Holiday’ certainly seem to appreciate it, anyway. Sunshower Orphans are a band from Queens, new York, and their myspace seems very keen to inform you of their travails on the label – though they are eager to point out that they are still ‘unsigned’, and would desperately like that amended. Perhaps the reason is the sheer amount of bands out there at the moment doing a similar thing – the lazy, languid shoegaze sound has been perfected, shattered and pieced together again a thousand times over by various different groups. However, there’s enough ghostly charm in their pop to make them notable, with the obvious debt of gratitude to My Bloody Valentine being paid upfront and the pop tunes relying quite heavily and brilliantly on the kind of jangle that made The Pains of being Pure at Heart a hit, if not quite matching their energy levels. They’re good, anyway – good enough to spend the few moments a day you’ve got out of your dull office job to give them a listen.