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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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Fantastic

Bought the album after reading the review in NME. This is a great album. Buy it!

Can't wait for this album to be release

This band sounds so great. I hope they continue to grow and get some recognition. Saw them live last month at a tiny club in Boston where they played a few new tracks. Looks like moving to the new label has really helped the production level. Can't wait to hear the whole thing

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Biography

Formed: 2008 in Tampa, FL

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '00s, '10s

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...
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