Posted in music on January 2, 2013

by Fred Pessaro // BBG

Merchandise @ 285 Kent, 12/31/2012 (via @lkj)
Merchandise

Florida's Merchandise closed out their 2012 with two shows at Brooklyn DIY venue 285 Kent. The first happened on Saturday (12/29) with Philadelphia's Night Sins, plus Pharmakon, Shoxx, and Herzog Rising. Both shows featured Elsner Nino of Shoxx who is now Merchandise's official drummer and gave the songs a harder edge, steering the band a bit back to their punk roots. It almost made stagedivers during "Time" and "Become What You Are" seem semi-normal. OK, not really. You can check out two good-quality videos from Saturday's performance below.

Pharmakon, meanwhile, played a brutal noise set that featured washes of dissonance peppered by blasts of hallowed screams from mastermind Margaret Chardiet. There is a simmering fury that sits just beneath the surface for Chardiet, and in the moments when she lets out that primal scream, it is absolutely terrifying.

Night Sins, who ripped in the small K&M bar back in November, were swallowed whole by the cavernous soundsystem at 285 Kent. The band was sporting a new guitarist with a 12-string awash in reverb which, considering the ambient sound, was completely lost in the mix.

The Saturday show was a last-minute show that was in addition to their previously-announced New Year's Eve show where they played alongside Tonstartssbandht, Blanche Blanche Blanche and "secret" headliners DIIV (though most people had figured out they were playing).

Additionally, Merchandise contributed a list of "merchy's ten taypes_2012" to Pitchfork's end-of-year "Guestlist" feature and you can check out their cassette picks below, along with the video from 285 Kent.

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Merchandise - "Time" @ 285 Kent, 12/29/2012

Merchandise - @ 285 Kent, 12/29/2012

merchy's ten taypes_2012
Voltur - "Obscuritas Incantamentum" (Fallow Field)
American Snakeskin - "Turquoise for Hello" (Cult Maternal)
Gun Outfit - "Gun Outfit" (self-released)
Lazy Magnet - "Crystal Cassette" (Night People)
Outside World - "Seaside Nowhere" (Night People)
Jeff Zagers - "Key Conduction" (Human Conduct)
Russian Tsarlag - "Lick the Plates" (self-released)
Cottaging - "Live at Menthol Cream Ballroom" (self-released)
Marshstepper - "Leather Dripping Fetish" (Ascetic House)
Pharmakon - "Deserve It: Live in Chicago" (self-released)

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Comments (13)

merchandise getting a drummer is the most relevant moment of 2012. maybe the century? wait wait wait are they gonna be with a drummer? MERCHANDISE GOT A DRUMMER! AHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by Anonymous | January 2, 2013 11:11 AM

^And while the drummer does make the live show more aggressive, it doesn't make it much better...at least not at this stage.

Posted by Anonymous | January 2, 2013 11:29 AM

this band should just make great records and say fuck the live show

Posted by Anonymous | January 2, 2013 12:04 PM

sounds like one of countless u2 cover bands that popped up in the early 90s.

Posted by Anonymous | January 2, 2013 12:45 PM

Sounds like the singer of the 80s post punk band Eyeless In Gaza drunk on two 5ths of whisky while being backed up by a bad emo band.

Posted by Anonymous | January 2, 2013 4:06 PM

Herzog rising and shoxx were great that night also! Awesome show

Posted by Anonymous | January 2, 2013 5:19 PM

"guys, BV really wants us to have a drummer. so, lets get a drummer, ok?"

Posted by Anonymous | January 2, 2013 5:44 PM

^hate to say it, but if so, its for the best-they sounded roughly 1,000,000,000,000,000,000 times better than when they were last in ny.

Posted by Anonymous | January 2, 2013 6:22 PM

Sounds horrific. Really.

Posted by gilgamesh | January 3, 2013 9:19 AM

wow i love this band on record but all the atmosphere is gone in these videos.

these aren't punk songs. the swirly shoegaze background noise is what makes them great.

Posted by Anonymous | January 3, 2013 7:54 PM

Your ideas was totally easy to get. Happy to find that there’s an person online that gets it precise what its is talking about

Posted by Download Google Play Store 3.10.10 | January 28, 2013 8:28 PM

I wish I could of seen these two shows live.

Posted by catering winnipeg | June 26, 2013 7:06 PM

Loads of new bands are going for the 80's style. Borrowing from old styles of music just get boring if it's too much like one style and there's no depth to it. I'm not saying I don't like 80's music and this is pretty good.

Posted by Kinard | September 11, 2014 5:40 AM

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