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.
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...
Ahead of the release of After The End, the new album from Merchandise and their 4AD debut, Stereogum have today premiered brand new track 'Green Lady'.
Describing the track as "sinfully lush", it marks another step in Merchandise's progression towards their "twisted pop record", as detailed by lead singer Carson Cox in NME earlier in the year. It is accompanied by an animation, using the Frank Haines' sculpture from the After The End album cover.