Tuesday 25 June 2013

Merchandise - Totale Nite

Single review by kev@thesoundofconfusion.co.uk

Florida's Merchandise have been getting the critics in a frenzy this past year, firstly with their well-received album 'Children Of Desire' and more recently with their 'Total Nite' EP which was released in April. Well, we're quite partial to their messy indie/punk sound ourselves, and having already featured 'In Nightmare Room' from the album and excellent single 'Anxiety's Door' (which was so good we accidentally covered it twice) from the new EP, we're happy to know that they've made a video for something that's a little different. 'Totale Nite' is, of course, the title-track from the recent EP, and is only available if you buy the whole set, rather than as an individual track.

Let's face it though, if you like the band you've probably got the EP anyway, but here's the video for this eight-minute monster (they've snipped a minute off for the vid!). Merchandise are known for stretching their songs out a few extra minutes than other bands of a similar ilk, but this isn't detrimental to their sound, this is because the tunes they have contain enough ideas and quality to withstand the extra bulk. 'Totale Nite' is a swirling mash of instruments, some in tune, some possibly not, some very difficult to identify. When the din breaks for the chorus though, it's like a gap in the clouds where the sun peeks through for a brief moment. They've got the world's attention. Now what are they going to do with it?

Merchandise's website

Buy the EP

Catch them live:

07-18 Athens, GA – Caledonia Lounge
07-19 Indianapolis, IN – Vogue Theater
07-20 Chicago, IL – Union Park (Pitchfork festival)
07-22 Minneapolis, MN – Triple Rock Social Club œ
07-23 Iowa City, IA – GABE’S Ω
07-24 St Louis, MO – Blank Space Ω
08-03 Katowice, Poland - Off Festival
08-07 Oslo, Norway - Revolver
08-08 Gotheborg, Sweden -  Stay Out West (Way Out West)
08-09 Copenaghen, Denmark - Vega Main Hall
08-10 Aarhus, Denmark - Voxhall $
08-11 Copenaghen, Denmark - Bakken
08-13 Hamburg, Germany - Hafenklang
08-14 Amsterdam, Holland -  Melkweg (Subbacultcha)
08-15 Hasselt, Belgium - Pukkelpop
08-17 London, UK - The Hive Project
08-19 St. Albans, UK - The Horn
08-20 Birmingham, UK - The Hare And Hounds
08-21 Glasgow, UK - Broadcast
08-22 Manchester, UK - Deaf Institute
08-23 Leeds, UK - Leeds Festival
08-24 Liverpool, UK - East Village Arts Club
08-25 Reading, UK - Reading Festival
08-26 Bedford, UK - Esquires
08-27 Cardiff, UK - The Globe
08-29 Siena, Italy - Live Rock Festival
08-31 County Laois, Ireland - Electric Picnic
09-01 Salisbury, UK - End Of The Road Festival
09-02 Bristol, UK - The Fleece
09-03 Leeds, UK - Brudenell Social Club
09-04 Sheffield, UK - The Queens Social Club
09-05 Oxford, UK - The Jericho Tavern
09-06 Brighton, UK - The Haunt
09-07 Isle Of Wight, UK - Bestival

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