Merchandise After The End on Colored LP + Download
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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, FL 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 2012. In addition to a very warm reception from fans, the record received praise from critics across the board as well. 2013 then saw the band releasing Totale Nite on Iowa City’s Night People label and touring extensively throughout America and Europe.
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.
Merchandise After The End Track Listing:
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