UK Tour This November.
Album Out Now. Watch ‘Telephone’ video below
“An immediate album of the year contender.” Stereogum
“It’s clever, brave and seamless enough to become a classic.” NME (9/10)
“A significant step in Merchandise’s journey.” The Guardian ****
“The sound of a big new beginning.” MOJO ****
“They’ve only just begun.” DIY ****
Merchandise have today premiered the new video for ‘Telephone’, a collaboration between the band and hugely influential Scottish artist John Byrne.
Taken from recent album, After The End, ‘Telephone’ was filmed on location in Edinburgh earlier this year and is the band’s modern take on John’s infamous play The Slab Boys. Carson, Dave and Pat are cast in the roles previously made famous by Robert Carlisle, Robbie Coltrane and Alan Cumming, while the 1983 Broadway outing starred Kevin Bacon, Val Kilmer and Sean Penn. The video even includes a cameo from John himself.
Speaking of the video, Carson Cox said, “This video was lots of work. For sure our most theatrical but also our most animated. Under the amazing art direction of John Byrne and a load of scots we were able to not only confuse time but create a new type of surrealism. We smoked a ton of cigarettes and stuffed ourselves with food till the ideas came flowing out…”, while John Byrne said, “Delightful bunch of guys, really, really talented – going to be BIG, no two ways about that! They were great to work with and God bless them – very, very smart AND funny.”
The band return to the UK next month for their first tour here in over a year, as part of a European tour that takes in ten countries. The band kicks things off in London on November 18th and will have London three-piece Shopping playing the whole tour with them. All shows are listed below and tickets are on sale now…
November Tour Dates
18th – The Laundry, London
20th – Start The Bus, Bristol
21st – The Hare & Hounds, Birmingham
22nd – Sound Control, Manchester
23rd – Brudenell Social Club, Leeds
24th – Stereo, Glasgow
25th – Cluny 2, Newcastle
26th – Kazimier, Liverpool
27th – Coalition, Brighton
After The End is out now.
Merchandise After The End
LP (CAD 3430), CD (CAD 3430CD), DL (EAD 3430A)
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
Band Photo by Timothy Saccenti
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