Merchandise have just announced from their website that their new album, After The End, will be released on 4AD on August 25th.
Like their albums before them, After The End was recorded and produced by the band, this time over a six-month period in the house they share in Tampa. A real achievement in showing what bands can achieve themselves, the only outside influence came when they enlisted mixing help from Gareth Jones - the man famed for his work with Tuxedomoon, Depeche Mode’s Berlin Trilogy of Construction Time Again, Some Great Reward, and Black Celebration, and more recently Interpol, These New Puritans and Grizzly Bear.
Speaking to the NME earlier this year, Carson Cox said “(Our last album) Totale Nite was the end of the book. This is a whole new one. It's like we can start a new band with basically the same name. We've already exploded our reality – now we're going to re-make ourselves as a pop band, but it'll still be a twisted reality.” He’s kept to his word with the album being made up of ten tracks spread across a mean 45 minutes. The album can now be pre-ordered from here and the tracklisting is below...
Merchandise After The End
Catalogue No: CAD 3430
3. True Monument
4. Green Lady
5. Life Outside The Mirror
7. Little Killer
8. Looking Glass Waltz
9. After The End
10. Exile And Ego
The first track to be aired from the album, ‘Little Killer’, has just been posted online. A pop song about war that was inspired by the poet Wilfred Owen, Carson also made a brilliant video using a green screen to accompany it. You can watch it here or in the player below…
Next week sees the band embark on a run of European dates before heading home to North America for fifteen shows and then back to Europe for second run. With more to be announced soon, all confirmed upcoming shows are listed below…June
3rd - Paradiso, Amsterdam, Netherlands [Tickets]
5th - Bota Witloofbar, Brussels, Belgium [Tickets]
9th - Islington Assembly Hall, London, UK [Tickets]
10th - Point Ephemere, Paris, France [Tickets]