Merchandise talk about 'A Corpse Wired For Sound,' coming home to Tampa and more
On Friday, Tampa indie rockers Merchandise will release A Corpse Wired For Sound, their second album on esteemed British label 4AD. That night, the band will play a show in Ybor City (click here for details) before embarking on a three-month tour of North America and Europe.
It's a huge week for a group that occupies a spotlight rarely bestowed on artists from Tampa Bay. Over the past eight years, Merchandise has been anointed a Very Cool Band by outlets like the New York Times, Spin, Billboard, Pitchfork and NME. They're not pop-famous, but they've enjoyed real critical acclaim, and have played huge gigs around the world, representing the city of Tampa in ways few musicians ever have.
Yet Merchandise has a complicated relationship with their hometown, one that on both sides doesn't always feel like love -- especially when, two years ago, singer Carson Cox described Tampa as a "cultural wasteland" in the pages of a British magazine.
"It's been difficult to go from playing a storage unit on 50th and Hillsborough to the Bowery Ballroom," Cox says now. "There was sort of a disconnect there, because we really were a garage, DIY-space band, and we started playing these huge venues, and we didn't sound right at all. I think it's taken us years to not just be comfortable with ourselves, but comfortable with everything."
For our full story on Merchandise, click here.