- Language: English
- Number of Discs: 1
- Format: Import
- Label: Night People
- ASIN: B00BGL3FSQ
- Other Editions: Audio CD
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In an attempt to summarize MERCHANDISE, the basics will suffice. What began as a standard three-piece punk band has turned into something else entirely. Over the years the band has changed from a trio to a duo and back to a trio again for last year's Children of Desire LP. That album, entirely self-recorded in the band's Tampa, FL home, did much to expose Merchandise to a greater audience. Pop sensibilities were more in the foreground than on the band's earlier releases. Music journalism institutions such as Pitchfork, NME, Spin, and Stereogum have all written extensively about the band, foreshadowing great things to come. Merchandise's new record Totale Nite is another evolution in their sound. The band sounds like they've aged years between records. These five long-form songs are more focused and nuanced than any of their previous efforts. Pop hooks with an experimental bend are found throughout. The mark of the underground punk/noise community is still easily detectable in their music, but broader sounds and influence see the band turning into an entity of it's own. Past comparisons to the Smiths, Joy Division and the Jesus and Mary Chain (while not totally invalid) aren't quite accurate when describing this record. Echoes of Roxy Music, Miles Davis, Merle Haggard, and Franco Battiato enhance the band's post-punk core. The record received a stellar mastering job from the influential SONIC BOOM (Spectrum, Spacemen 3, etc.) and is augmented by full-color art by SHAWN REED of the Night People label. The band will be touring extensively in support of this record. Two full US tours, two European tours and appearances at many major international music festivals are scheduled throughout 2013. As of now, a fourth member has been added to the band on live drums
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The band's sound here, much like their last release, 2012's 'Children of Desire,' is a rather unique hybrid of the aforementioned 80's British post-punk and the dreamy proto-shoegaze of bands like The House of Love, only way more fuzzed-out, stretched-out, and tripped-out. The six songs here total over 33 minutes, so I don't even know whether this is an LP or an EP. It's definitely a fully immersive experience though, as evidenced by the walls of swirling, shoegazey guitars and 80's-ish electronic drum-beats found on "Anxiety's Door" and the epic title track, as well as the dreamy, languid, noodling bliss of "I'll Be Gone" and "Winter's Dream."
'Totale Nite' is an atmospheric, ethereal journey that, although the melodies and vocal style seemingly would have fit perfectly on the British 4AD or Creation labels of 25 years ago, separates itself by being way more of a headphone-journey than those bands (The Cocteau Twins and My Bloody Valentine being possible exceptions), with the fuzz-drenched guitars recalling the shoegaze of Ride and 90's-era My Bloody Valentine more so than any 80's act. This excellent fusion of British post-punk, 80's proto-shoegaze and 90's actual shoegaze makes me ponder why more bands didn't go with with a similar combination a long time ago.
Absolutely essential for fans of the aforementioned bands, or for fans of dreamy, atmospheric music in general.