Having seen Tampa’s Merchandise all over Brooklyn and Manhattan, at venues as small as Home Sweet Home, 285 Kent (RIP), Saint Vitus and Glasslands, and as big as Bowery and Villain, it’s fitting they’re finding some middle ground at Music Hall of Williamsburg tonight. To my knowledge, they’ve never played the North 6th venue, and I’m thoroughly looking forward to it; they’re excellent live.
The post-punk turned ’80s new wave-influenced band had their major label debut, After the End, on 4AD this year. While it was somewhat expected to contain pop singles that break away from the relatively unpolished “DIY” sound of Merchandise‘s previous efforts, these tracks are complimented by sprawling ballads. Carson Cox’s swoon-inducing vocals wash over lush, smooth, percussive backdrops, particularly perfected on album closer “Exile and Ego.”
The playful, poppier tracks – “Little Killer,” “Enemy,” “Telephone” – have all been released by the band with dizzying and psychedelic video accompaniments. Alert: multiple Carson Cox’s on screen at once. Watch all of them below.
Tickets for tonight are still on sale. Copenhagen punks Lower open, as do Ninos du Brazil, who just remixed another After the End standout “Green Lady.” You can hear that below, too.