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.
In addition to four shows in their native Florida with Parquet Courts early next year, Merchandise are to join Title Fight (Anti- Records) on a ten date US tour in March.
Also filmed in the Peckham Liberal Club in London during the band's recent UK tour, the first of three tracks the band recorded for their MUZU Starlight Session has just been premiered by The Guardian. Two more tracks, 'Enemy' and 'Time', will be posted by them in the coming days...