Published Jul 19, 2016Early last month, Florida art punks Merchandise emerged with a new single, "Flower of Sex," as well as vague promises of a new album. Now, they've made good on all that, revealing their new full-length, A Corpse Wired for Sound, is arriving this fall.
Due out September 23, the follow-up to 2014's After the End will arrive via 4AD. It includes the previously released "Flower of Sex," as well as eight other new songs.
According to a press release, the album's title is inspired by sci-fi short from J.G. Ballard, but "equally sums up the band's current state of mind."
In a statement, Merchandise's Dave Vassalotti explained: "We were 'reborn' as a rock band for After the End and then we straight-up died again. It couldn't last. The result is this distended corpse responding to you from both sides of the Atlantic, forever singing in spite of everything."
Vocalist Carson Cox added, "It's about the truth of growing up. You can't take your friends or lovers with you. It's about finding peace with that loneliness."
To get a taste of this, you can watch the newly shared video for album track "End of the Week," directed by Cox, at the bottom of the page. You can pre-order the album here. That's its cover art above and the tracklist below.
Merchandise have also expanded their previously announced North American tour, which now stretches all the way into December. You can see the newly updated itinerary down below. It includes Canadian dates in Toronto, Montreal and Vancouver. You can check out their European dates over here.
A Corpse Wired for Sound:
1. Flower Of Sex
2. Crystal Cage
3. Right Back To The Start
4. End Of The Week
5. Lonesome Sound
6. Shadow Of The Truth
8. I Will Not Sleep Here
9. My Dream Is Yours
09/22 Miami, FL - Gramps #
09/23 Tampa, FL - Crowbar #
09/24 Gainesville, FL - The Atlantic #
09/25 Atlanta, GA - The Masquerade #
09/27 Nashville, TN - 12th & Porter #
09/28 Louisville, KY - Zanzabar #
09/29 St Louis, MO - Blank Space #
09/30 Chicago, IL - Empty Bottle #
10/02 Detroit, MI - UFO Factory #
10/01 Cleveland, OH - Mahall's 20 Lanes #
10/03 Toronto, ON - Silver Dollar #
10/05 Montreal, QC - Vitrola #
10/06 Portsmouth, NH - 35 Artspace #
10/07 Boston, MA - The Great Scott #
10/08 Providence, RI - Columbus Theater #
10/09 Brooklyn, NY - Market Hotel #
10/11 Jersey City, NJ - Monty Hall #
10/12 Philadelphia, PA - PhilaMOCA #
10/13 Washington, DC - DC9 #
10/14 Richmond, VA - Gallery5 #
10/15 Raleigh, NC, Kings, US #
11/26 Oklahoma City, OK - 89th Street Collective %
11/28 Denver, CO, Hi-Dive %
11/30 Boise, ID - Neurolux %
12/01 Seattle, WA - Barboza %
12/02 Vancouver, BC - Fortune %
12/03 Portland, OR - Mississippi Studios %
12/05 Sacramento, CA - Harlows %
12/06 San Francisco, CA - Swedish American Hall %
12/07 Santa Cruz, CA - Moe's %
12/09 SAN DIEGO, CA - Hideout %
12/10 LOS ANGELES, CA - The Echo %
12/11 Phoenix, AZ - Valley Bar %
12/12 New Mexico, NM - Sister %
12/14 San Antonio, TX - Paper Tiger %
12/15 Austin, TX - Sidewinder %
12/16 Houston, TX - Walter's %
12/17 New Orleans, LA- Siberia %
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