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Merchandise

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There is more than one band with this name.

1) Post punk from Tampa, Florida.

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’s Night People label and touring extensively throughout America and Europe.

They are currently working on their 4AD debut.

Discography:

-S/T CD-R (Self-Released, 2009)
-Terminal Jagger Jane’s Addiction Boxset (Drugged Conscience, 2009)
-Miami CS (Self-Released, 2009)
-S/T CS (Drugged Conscience, 2009)
-Merchandise/Deluxin’ Split CS (Stay Away From Ghosts, 2010)
-(Strange Songs) In The Dark LP (Drugged Conscience/Katorga Works, 2010)
-Gone Are The Silk Gardens Of Youth CS (Cult Maternal, 2010)
-Schoolyard 7” single (Katorga Works, 2011)
-Es Muerte 7” lathe (Drugged Conscience, 2011)
-Children of Desire LP (Katorga Works, 2012)
-Tour CD-R (Self-Released, 2012)
-Totale Nite (Night People, 2013)
-BBC Sessions (Strange Songs, 2013)

The band also now has a web presence: http://merchandisetheband.wordpress.com/

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  • suntzutang

    silver jews cover cause why not i guess i don't know

    23 Jul 4:07am Reply
  • matt1337c

    haha wow sounds like they were castrated by 4ad [3]

    13 Jun 7:17pm Reply
  • dyna-soar

    "haha wow sounds like they were castrated by 4ad" nailed it.

    10 Dec 2014 Reply
  • sgp1

    for me, nothing will top children of desire. Time and Become What You Are are just too good

    10 Dec 2014 Reply
  • svenious

    so good.

    8 Nov 2014 Reply
  • tiffany_aching

    that voice.

    21 Oct 2014 Reply
  • stephwho

    Carson's voice is golden

    16 Oct 2014 Reply
  • sicknessreport

    this new album is just perfect

    1 Oct 2014 Reply
  • sigridsigrid

    I attended these guys' gig in Copenhagen in summer of 2013 - crowd counted like 20 people or so. I am pleased to see the development, though I liked the more edgy, "juvenile" Merchandise.

    29 Sep 2014 Reply
  • suntzutang

    "I Locked the Door" is my favorite. Sounds like autumn

    17 Sep 2014 Reply
  • neckermanncj

    some of my favorite people are eunuchs [2]

    16 Sep 2014 Reply
  • morti-viventi

    some of my favorite people are eunuchs

    9 Sep 2014 Reply
  • weimarrepublic

    haha wow sounds like they were castrated by 4ad

    31 Aug 2014 Reply
  • cabfedhig

    ATE features such uniquely otherworldly poetry that the writer's somewhat masculine-as-default mindset seems almost excusable at first listen. I could listen to the album's eponymous track all day, it's glorious. Looking Glass Waltz sounds especially like Morrissey to me.

    30 Aug 2014 Reply
  • helvettt

    New album is great.

    29 Aug 2014 Reply
  • R-Mac

    I agree with avanillasky that it's kinda Smiths-y. Giving the old stuff a spin, yeah they are marginally more experimental here but I don't see an "unexpected direction" with the new stuff at all.

    28 Aug 2014 Reply
  • R-Mac

    In any event, I'm loving the singer's crooning voice.

    28 Aug 2014 Reply
  • R-Mac

    Did I get this band mixed up with someone else? I thought they were punk rock. Not that I'm a genre nazi or anything -- just that I thought they had a different sound.

    28 Aug 2014 Reply
  • Parabellum13x

    Album is great, it's just a rather unexpected direction for people who haven't been paying close attention. Obviously it's not better than Desire, but it's great all the same.

    28 Aug 2014 Reply
  • Akatosh86

    i honestly don't care what critics will say and how it compares to their earlier stuff. I just think the album is beautiful and executed superbly.

    27 Aug 2014 Reply
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