- Start: 10 June 2015 9:00 pm
Merchandise is a band fighting against the easy categorization reserved for abbreviated biographies. The project is equal parts punk misanthropy, maudlin balladeering, fine art, low humor, classical study, psychedelic spacecasing, mad science and pop genius.
Formed as a trio in Tampa, Florida in 2008, the band has undergone ceaseless revision and reinvention. After putting out numerous records and tapes on independent punk labels and touring the underground, the band truly hit its stride with the release of their second LP Children of Desire in April 2012. In addition to a very warm reception from fans, the record received praise from the likes of Pitchfork, NME, Spin, and numerous other critics and journals.
FireshipsNew York’s Fireships patrol the foggy edges of American music: mixing fire and water, tenacity and dreaminess, electrified folk guitar stylings, vocal harmonies, piano pounding, and the exciting strains of violins and pennywhistles approaching at a distance. Theirs is a sound that can span decades in the course of a song, with lyrics that shine with sparkle and grit.“Dreamy and cerebral, but with enough punch and melody to make themselves digestible and addicting, Fireships have influences from all across the board, based on both geography and era. And no matter which area of the folk-rock spectrum they are exploring, there’s a certain amount of strange and ambitious energy which makes them likable. Consistent in the right ways, with restless minds, Fireships manages to carve out a little breathing room for themselves in the currently crowded roots scene.” ~ Leo Weekly (Louisville)