Tampa, FL’s Merchandise was formed in 2008 by members of old hardcore bands Cult Ritual, Neon Blud, Divisions, and Church Whip, with a sound reflective of their raucous roots. But with last year’s phenomenal sophomore effort Children of Desire, the band began maxing out songs to the 10-minute mark while infusing elements of noise-pop, Smiths-inspired emotionality, and bits and pieces of Can and Jandek.
The band’s evolution continues with their latest EP, Totale Nite, which is being previewed today with “Anxiety’s Door”. The track encapsulates the band’s often-unidentifiable sound; clocking in at a lean seven minutes, it’s akin to a five-car pile-up, with frontman Carson Cox’s moody wail riding on top of a wall of dissonant guitars and jangly drums, all held together by their core punk angst and determination.
Totale Nite arrives this Spring via Nigh People.
The band will be on tour throughout the spring and summer, sharing the stage with Chelsea Light Moving, Mac DeMarco, Black Lips, Iceage, and more. Check out the full docket following the album tracklist.
Totale Nite Tracklist:
01. Who Are You?
02. Anxiety’s Door
03. I’ll Be Gone
04. Totale Nite
05. Winter’s Dream
Merchandise 2013 Tour Dates:
01/16-20 – Chicago, IL @ Tomorrow Never Knows
03/07 – Savannah, GA @ The Savannah Stopover
03/08 – Atlanta, GA @ The Earl *
03/09 – Oxford, MS @ Lamar Lounge
03/10 – Denton, TX @ 35 Denton Festival
03/11 – McAllen, TX @ Cine El Rey Theatre !
03/12 – San Antonio, TX @ Korova
03/13-18 – Austin, TX @ South by Southwest
03/18 – El Paso, TX @ Black Market
03/19 – Phoenix, AZ @ Dead Horse Warehouse #
03/20 – San Diego, CA @ The Soda Bar #
03/21 Los Angeles, CA @ The Echo #
03/22 – Santa Ana, CA @ Observatory (Burgerama Festival) #$
03/23 – Bakersfield, CA @ Munoz Gym #
03/24 – Santa Cruz, CA @ The 418 Project #
03/25 – San Francisco, CA @ The Rickshaw Shop #^
03/26 – Oakland, CA @ The New Parish #^
03/28 – Portland, OR @ Backspace #
03/29 – Vancouver, BC @ Media Club #
03/30 – Seattle, WA @ Barboza #
03/31 – Olympia, WA @ The Northern #
04/02 – Boise, ID @ Neurolux #
04/03 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Kilby #
04/04 – Denver, CO @ The Marquis Theater #^
04/06 – Norman, OK @ Opolis %
04/07 – Houston, TX @ Mango’s
04/08 – New Orleans, LA @ Siberia
04/09 – Gainesville, FL @ The Atlantic &
06/01 – Austin, TX @ Chaos In Tejas
06/02 – Austin, TX @ Chaos In Tejas
* = w/ Chelsea Light Moving, Talk Normal
! = w/ Mac DeMarco, Audacity
# = w/ Wet Hair
$ = w/ Black Lips, Nick Waterhouse, Bleached
^ = w/ Iceage
% = w/ Mr. Lies
& = w/ White Lung