After the End by Merchandise on Apple Music

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EDITORS’ NOTES

The Tampa, Fla.–based Merchandise signed to the influential U.K. label 4AD and performed a stylistic about-face for their third album, After the End. Adding two full-time members to flesh out the trio’s sound, the band set about recording and producing their music over a six-month period in their Tampa house. Gareth Jones (who’s twiddled dials for Depeche Mode, Interpol, and Grizzly Bear) helps out with the mixing, but the performances are the sound of a band growing up. No longer aiming for the aggression of postpunk, the band recreate the suave sounds of the late ‘80s. “Enemy” snags the opening riff to The Rolling Stones’ “Jumping Jack Flash” and makes it dance for a new century. “True Monument” lets singer Carson Cox put his baritone to good use, which he continues to do on songs like “Green Lady,” “Life Outside the Mirror," and “Looking Glass Waltz,” emerging in the process as a leader of considerable power.

EDITORS’ NOTES

The Tampa, Fla.–based Merchandise signed to the influential U.K. label 4AD and performed a stylistic about-face for their third album, After the End. Adding two full-time members to flesh out the trio’s sound, the band set about recording and producing their music over a six-month period in their Tampa house. Gareth Jones (who’s twiddled dials for Depeche Mode, Interpol, and Grizzly Bear) helps out with the mixing, but the performances are the sound of a band growing up. No longer aiming for the aggression of postpunk, the band recreate the suave sounds of the late ‘80s. “Enemy” snags the opening riff to The Rolling Stones’ “Jumping Jack Flash” and makes it dance for a new century. “True Monument” lets singer Carson Cox put his baritone to good use, which he continues to do on songs like “Green Lady,” “Life Outside the Mirror," and “Looking Glass Waltz,” emerging in the process as a leader of considerable power.

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About Merchandise

It might be difficult to dig up information on Tampa, Florida's Merchandise, due to the ubiquity of the name in online searches, but they are even harder to define. The trio members accurately self-describe their genre as "somewhere in the grey area of punk, noise, and pop music." The group was originally formed as a home-recording project in 2008 known as the Dry County, for which vocalist Carson Cox and guitarist David Vassalotti swapped instruments (bass, guitar, keyboard, and percussion), while Patrick Brady stuck to bass. After self-releasing a few cassettes and an EP, Katorga Works released (Strange Songs) In the Dark in 2010, followed by 2012's Children of Desire. Taking a more experimental bent, 2013's Totale Nite only contained five long tracks. In early 2014, the band signed with esteemed U.K. label 4AD to release After the End, a more straightforward pop album that drew heavily from late-'80s college and alternative rock. Their follow-up, 2016's Corpse Wired for Sound, was recorded partially in Rosà, Italy and at home in Tampa. ~ Jason Lymangrover

  • ORIGIN
    Tampa, FL
  • FORMED
    2008

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