Published May 28, 2014After dropping their epic "Begging for Your Life / In the City Light" 12-inch for 4AD earlier this year, Florida-based combo Merchandise have now given up the details on their full-length label debut. The band's After the End drops through the label August 26 in North America and a day earlier overseas.
A press release notes that the 10-song set was self-recorded over a six-month period by the band at a house they share in Tampa, FL, but the end results did get a bit of mixing assistance from Gareth Jones (Depeche Mode, Interpol, Grizzly Bear). While still apparently retaining the post-punk spirit heard on previous releases like 2013's Totale Nite EP, vocalist/guitarist Carson Cox asserts that the band rebuilt themselves from the ground up on this latest LP.
"Totale Nite was the end of the book. This is a whole new one. It's like we can start a new band with basically the same name," he had said in a statement. "We've already exploded our reality — now we're going to re-make ourselves as a pop band, but it'll still be a twisted reality."
Beneath the tracklisting, you'll find the first taste of the set, "Little Killer." The video starts off with a lengthy bit of white noise, but the sunglasses-sporting crew eventually kick into moody '80s-era pop melodies. You can pre-order the album on iTunes here, which gives you a free instant download of "Little Killer."
Merchandise also have several North American tour dates lined up, including Canadian stops in Toronto and Montreal. You'll also find all those concerts below.
After the End:
3. True Monument
4. Green Lady
5. Life Outside The Mirror
7. Little Killer
8. Looking Glass Waltz
9. After The End
10. Exile And Ego
06/02 Berlin, Germany - Kantine am Berghain
06/03 Amsterdam, Netherlands - Paradiso
06/05 Brussels, Belgium - Bota Witloofbar
06/09 London, UK - Islington Assembly Hall
06/10 Paris, France - Point Ephemere
06/13 Birmingham, AL - Bottletree Cafe
06/14 Louisville, KY - Zanzabar
06/15 Chicago, IL - Schuba's
06/16 Detroit, MI - Jumbo's
06/17 Toronto, ON - Horseshoe Tavern
06/18 Montreal, QC - La Vitrola
06/19 Boston, MA - The Great Scott
06/20 Hampton, MA - Flywheel
06/21 Brooklyn, NY - Glasslands
06/22 Brooklyn, NY - Saint Vitus
06/25 New York, NY - Home Sweet Home
06/26 Philadelphia, PA - Morgan's Pier
06/27 Baltimore, MD - Metro Gallery
06/28 Durham, NC - Pinhook
06/29 Atlanta, GA - The Earl
07/06 Roskilde, Denmark - Roskilde Festival