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.
After The End, the first album by Merchandise on 4AD, is now available to buy and stream worldwide.
Recorded in Tampa, Florida at the band’s home, lead singer Carson Cox described the group as “having exploded our reality” to NME whilst it was recorded in early 2014, with singles ‘Little Killer’, Enemy’, and ‘Green Lady’ (Best New Track – Pitchfork) heralding the band’s new sound...
The anticipated new album by Merchandise, After The End, is now streaming in full via NPR.
The first 4AD release by the Tampa five-piece, the record was written and recorded at the band's home in early 2014, and mixed by Gareth Jones. Featuring singles 'Little Killer', 'Enemy', and Pitchfork's Best New Track 'Green Lady', the ten track album will be officially released next week (25th August). The band have also recently announced extensive UK, European and US tour dates, starting on the 7th September in Gainesville, Florida...