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.
They are currently working on their 4AD debut.
For Record Store Day 2014, Merchandise will feature on a 3-way split 12" released by 540 Records, with close friends Destruction Unit and Milk Music. This will be a Record Store Day exclusive, limited to a one-time pressing of 2,000 copies.
The split features stunning artwork from ZZ Ramirez of The Ukiah Drag, as well as a zine by J.S. Aurelius of Destruction Unit / Ascetic House. Some of the first Merchandise recordings featuring new drummer Elsner Nino appear on this split, aside from the recently sold out 12" single on 4AD, their maiden release for the label...
Merchandise start life on 4AD with the release of 'Begging For Your Life / In The City Light', on limited edition 12".
Having first appeared on an extremely limited and now highly collectable split tour cassette with Chelsea Light Moving at the tail end of last year, 'Begging For Your Life / In The City Light' will receive a one-time vinyl pressing next month. Weighing in at 14 minutes long, just 1,000 individually numbered copies are being manufactured as a one-sided, clear 12" with etching...