Posted in music | tour dates on June 23, 2014

by Bill Pearis

Merchandise in Chicago - 6/15/14 (more by Milos Markicevic)

Merchandise played two Brooklyn shows over the weekend as part of their current tour, hitting Glasslands on Saturday (6/21) and then Saint Vitus on Sunday (6/22). I made it to the Glasslands show and thought they were pretty solid. With enough records' worth of material to choose from, their set hit most of the best from Children of Desire and Totale Nite, plus songs from the forthcoming 4AD debut, After the End. I've seen some so so Merchandise live shows, but thought they had it together this weekend, all swoony drama and kinetic action. These guys don't stand still, and trying to take a decent cameraphone pic in low light is a difficult task. "Anxiety's Door" (from last year's Total Nite) and current single "Little Killer" were terrific.

Though the band has serious punk roots, the only remnants of that left in their sound is drummer Elsner Nino (ex-Shoxx) who is a serious basher. I'm not sure that's a good thing. Merchandise's music has more in common with Manchester 1985 (anyone remember Easterhouse?) than Florida hardcore circa 2005. There was no moshing or crowdsurfing at either of these shows, unlike when I saw then at Saint Vitus in 2012, and I personally think a little more finesse in the rhythm department would be welcome. (I have friends who 100% disagree with me on this.) You get that on their recordings, I think, but it's a bit flattened by Elsner's sheer force live. But this was absolutely the best I've seen them since ditching the drum machine and I heard the Vitus show was good too (It was, and doubly good thanks to a trippy, aggressive set from openers The Ukiah Drag - Andrew).

We didn't get any pictures of this weekend's shows unfortunately, but we did just post a set of pictures from their Chicago show. NYC still has one more chance to catch Merchandise when they play the Nothing Changes party on Wednesday (6/25) at Home Sweet Home, also with Ukiah Drag. It's a late show, with things not getting started till midnight or so (doors at 10).

Merchandise's After the End is out August 26. You can watch the video for "Little Killer" from it below...


Merchandise - Little Killer



Comments (8)

I've never seen a band disappear up their own asshole so far like this band has.

Who can honestly say this music excites them?

Posted by Anonymous | June 23, 2014 6:31 PM

i enjoyed this show but didnt think it was as good as the 285 kent show last year. there was a lot less urgency to the performance.

i thought "figured out" and "little killer" were the obvious highlights, tho.

Posted by Anonymous | June 23, 2014 6:43 PM

This does not seem "solid" to this Billy.

Posted by Billy the P | June 23, 2014 9:15 PM

Nice, check out the 4AD catalog on Spotify using LabelM8 --

Posted by Anonymous | June 23, 2014 10:48 PM

The hype is over. These guys should hang it up already

Posted by Anonymous | June 23, 2014 11:14 PM

the pelly twins crush/possible nyc booty-call relationship with merchandise singer should earn them at least a Best New Track off this piece of shit record. really not sure what they're going for on this track. it's just a big huge mess. hope 4AD has learned not to sign it's bands off the Pitchfork BNT page anymore

Posted by Anonymous | June 24, 2014 1:09 AM

Well, this is embarrassing.

Posted by Anonymous | June 24, 2014 1:16 PM

Too bad this is actually good pop. Stop being too fucking cool and saying shit about hype.

Posted by Anonymous | June 26, 2014 12:04 AM

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