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Merchandise - 'A Corpse Wired For Sound' Album Details, 'End Of The Week' Video
Merchandise : 'A Corpse Wired For Sound' Album Details, 'End Of The Week' Video
19th July 2016

Merchandise have announced details of their new album, A Corpse Wired For Sound, due for release on 23rd September, alongside the video for a second new track, ‘End Of The Week’

Formed nearly a decade ago, galvanized by Tampa hardcore and inspired by its miscreant noise, A Corpse Wired For Sound signals a new chapter for Merchandise.

Following 2014’s After The End — a full-band effort recorded in a closet — the band stripped back to its core of Carson Cox (vocals, electronics), Dave Vassalotti (guitar, electronics) and Pat Brady (bass).  The trio travelled to Rosà, Italy for their first ever sessions in a recording studio at La Distilleria, with local producer Maurizio Baggio.  The nine-song nocturnal A Corpse Wired For Sound was recorded half in the studio and half at home, in Tampa as well as Cox’s newly adopted bases of New York and Berlin – the culmination of a long-distance collaboration between Cox and Vassalotti.

The album’s metallic title is inspired by a science fiction short story by JG Ballard, but equally sums up the band’s current state of mind.  “We were ‘reborn’ as a rock band for After The End," says Vassalotti, “and then we straight-up died again.  It couldn’t last.  The result is this distended corpse responding to you from both sides of the Atlantic, forever singing in spite of everything.”  Cox expands further, “it’s about the truth of growing up.  You can’t take your friends or lovers with you.  It’s about finding peace with that loneliness.”

The second song to be aired from A Corpse Wired For Sound, ‘End Of The Week’ is “about personal reflection and horror,” says Cox, who is responsible for the song’s visuals (he also created the video for lead single ‘Flower Of Sex’).  The video is a subliminal homage to Italian film director Michelangelo Antonioni and his motion pictures Blow Up and Zabriskie Point.  “The smashed mirror isn't just a symbol of death,” Cox continues.  “It's the broken image of humanity reflecting back at everyone when they read the news.  Reality is an unbearable pill to swallow this year.  Somehow the evil people that make up society can still wake up everyday and look at themselves in the mirror.”  

A Corpse Wired For Sound will be released digitally and on CD and vinyl on 23rd September.  A limited edition blue vinyl pressing will be available to pre-order from 4AD - 100 pre-orders via the 4AD Store (worldwide) will be picked at random to receive a unique collage by Carson.  Head here for pictures of the record, and a handful of Carson's art pieces.  Digital pre-orders of the album will receive instant downloads of both 'End Of The Week' and 'Flower of Sex'.

Pre-order on LP/CD via 4AD Store here.
Pre-order from all platforms here.

Merchandise - A Corpse Wired For Sound

1. Flower Of Sex
2. Crystal Cage
3. Right Back To The Start
4. End Of The Week
5. Lonesome Sound
6. Shadow Of The Truth
7. Silence
8. I Will Not Sleep Here
9. My Dream Is Yours

Merchandise will make a welcome live return this Autumn, beginning in north America before heading across the Atlantic for shows in the UK and Europe. A full list of dates

22nd - Gramps, Miami FL, US #
23rd - Crowbar, Tampa FL, US #
24th - The Atlantic, Gainesville FL, US #
25th - The Masquerade, Atlanta GA, US # 
27th - 12th & Porter, Nashville TN, US #
28th - Zanzabar, Louisville KY, US #
29th - Blank Space, St Louis MO, US #
30th - Empty Bottle, Chicago IL, US #

1st - Mahall's 20 Lanes, Cleveland OH, US #
2nd - Marble Bar, Detroit MI, US #
3rd - Silver Dollar, Toronto ON, Canada #
5th - Vitrola, Montreal QC, Canada #
6th - 3S Artspace, Portsmouth NH, US #
7th - The Great Scott, Boston MA, US #
8th - Columbus Theater, Providence RI, US #
9th - Market Hotel, Brooklyn NY, US #
11th - Monty Hall, Jersey City NJ, US #
12th - PhilaMOCA, Philadelphia PA, US #
13th - DC9, Washington DC, US #
14th - Gallery5, Richmond VA, US #
15th - Kings, Raleigh NC, US #
26th - Tape, Aarhus, Denmark [Tickets]
27th - Stengade, Copenhagen, Denmark [Tickets]
28th - Nr.z.P, Bielefeld, Germany [Tickets]
29th - Westwerk, Leipzig, Germany
30th - Tiefgrund, Berlin, Germany
31st - S105, Amsterdam, Netherlands [Tickets]

2nd - The Lexington, London, UK [Tickets]
3rd - The Castle Hotel, Manchester, UK [Tickets]
4th - Sunflower Lounge, Birmingham, UK [Tickets]
5th - Brudenell Social Club, Leeds, UK [Tickets]
7th - Rotonde - Botanique, Brussels, Belgium [Tickets]
8th - Mecanique Ondulatoire, Paris, France [Tickets]
10th - Rössli, Bern, Switzerland [Tickets]
12th - i Vizi del Pellicano, Correggio, Italy [Tickets]
13th - C.S. Rivolta, Marghera, Italy
14th - Mocvara, Zagreb, Croatia [Tickets]
15th - Posthof, Linz, Austria [Tickets]
16th - Café V lese, Prague, Czech Republic [Tickets]
26th - 89th Street Collective, Oklahoma City OK, US %
28th - Hi-Dive, Denver CO, US %
30th - Neurolux, Boise ID, US %

1st - Barboza, Seattle WA, US %
2nd - Fortune, Vancouver BC, Canada %
3rd - Mississippi Studios, Portland OR, US %
5th - Harlows, Sacramento CA, US %
6th - Swedish, San Francisco CA, US %
7th - Moe's, Santa Cruz CA, US %
9th - Hideout, San Diego CA, US %
10th - The Echo, Los Angeles CA, US %
11th - Valley Bar, Phoeniz AZ, US %
12th - Sister, Albuquerque NM, US %
14th - Paper Tiger, San Antonio TX, US %
15th - Sidewinder, Austin TX, US %
16th - Walter's, Houston TX, US %
17th - Siberia, New Orleans LA, US %

# - w/ Public Memory
% - w/ Gun Outift