There's something blatantly captivating about MERCHANDISE, a Tampa post-punk trio who have been building a dedicated cult following in national underground punk circles since they started releasing records in 2008, after years of playing in Florida punk and hardcore bands. Their latest album for Katorga Works, Children of Desire, contains their most brilliant noise pop yet, and "Become What You Are" is a stand-out track, likely to resonate most strongly on a first listen. It runs more than 10 minutes, but there's an urgency throughout. "The music started / I realized it was all a lie / the guitars were playing out / last year's punk," sings vocalist Carson Cox with his romantic, upfront voice -- a centerpiece of the record. It's one to spin repeatedly for hours.
Last month, the band played a punk practice space in Allston. Former Phoenix intern Ali Carter took some videos. Here's one:
Merchandise's entire discography can be downloaded for free via Mediafire links on their Wordpress. They don't have any Boston dates lined up currently. I recommend taking a $15 Chinatown bus to Manhattan on October 21st to see them play with Wild Nothing and Mac Demarco at Bowery Ballroom.