Merchandise is a band fighting against the easy categorization reserved for abbreviated biographies. The project is equal parts punk misanthropy, maudlin balladeering, fine art, low humor, classical study, psychedelic spacecasing, mad science and pop genius.
Formed as a trio in Tampa, Florida in 2008, the band has undergone ceaseless revision and reinvention. After putting out numerous records and tapes on independent punk labels and touring the underground, the band truly hit its stride with the release of their second LP Children of Desire in April 2012. In addition to a very warm reception from fans, the record received praise from the likes of Pitchfork, NME, Spin, and numerous other critics and journals.
2013 saw the band releasing Totale Nite on Iowa City‚Äôs Night People label and touring extensively throughout America and Europe.
Merchandise's first album for 4AD, After The End, will be released on 25th August 2014.
Today, Pitchfork premiere the video for Merchandise's new single 'Enemy', taken from the band’s 4AD debut After The End.
Inspired by American greats Stan Brakhage, Kenneth Anger and William Eggleston, filmmaker Tim Saccenti (Depeche Mode, Flying Lotus, Animal Collective) said the goal was to transform “the thick southern tones and ripe textures of deep Florida into a dream-state visual backdrop for the song.”
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Merchandise have just announced from their website that their new album, After The End, will be released on 4AD on August 25th.
Like their albums before them, After The End was recorded and produced by the band, this time over a six-month period in the house they share in Tampa. A real achievement, showing what bands can achieve themselves.
The first track to be aired from the album, ‘Little Killer’, has just been posted online. A pop song about war that was inspired by the poet Wilfred Owen, Carson also made a brilliant video using a green screen to accompany it...