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 Cityâ€™s 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.
Ahead of their UK tour which starts tomorrow, Merchandise have made their premier television appearance, on Canal +'s Album de la Semaine.
Filmed at the beginning of their European tour following extensive recent North American dates, the appearance sees the Tampa five-piece playing six tracks from their debut album...
Merchandise have today premiered the new video for 'Telephone', a collaboration between the band and hugely influential Scottish artist John Byrne.
Taken from recent album, After The End, ‘Telephone’ was filmed on location in Edinburgh earlier this year and is the band’s modern take on John's infamous play The Slab Boys. Carson, Dave and Pat are cast in the roles...