Merchandise share video for ‘End of the Week’

Merchandise details new album and shares video for new track "End of the Week."
Photo by Drew Reynolds

Merchandise have announced details of their new album, A Corpse Wired For Sound, due for release on September 23, alongside the video for a second new track, ‘End Of The Week’. Formed nearly a decade ago, A Corpse Wired For Sound signals a new chapter for Merchandise.

Following 2014’s After The End — a full-band effort recorded in a closet — the band stripped back to its core of Carson Cox (vocals, electronics), Dave Vassalotti (guitar, electronics) and Pat Brady (bass). The trio travelled to Rosà, Italy for their first ever sessions in a recording studio, with a local, ICIO. The nine-song nocturnal A Corpse Wired For Sound was recorded half in the studio and half at home, in Tampa as well as Cox’s newly adopted bases of New York and Berlin.

The album’s title is inspired by a science fiction short story by JG Ballard, but equally sums up the band’s current state of mind. “We were ‘reborn’ as a rock band for After The End," says Vassalotti, “and then we straight-up died again. It couldn’t last. The result is this distended corpse responding to you from both sides of the Atlantic, forever singing in spite of everything.” Cox continues further “It’s about the truth of growing up. You can’t take your friends or lovers with you. It’s about finding peace with that loneliness.”

The second song to be aired from A Corpse Wired For Sound, ‘End Of The Week’ is “really about personal reflection and horror,” says Cox, who is responsible for the song’s visuals (he also created the video for lead single ‘Flower Of Sex’). The video is a subliminal homage to Italian film director Michelangelo Antonioni and his motion pictures Blow Up and Zabriskie Point. “The smashed mirror isn't just a symbol of death,” Cox continues. “It's the broken image of humanity reflecting back at everyone when they read the news. Reality is an unbearable pill to swallow this year. Somehow the evil people that make up society can still wake up everyday and look at themselves in the mirror.”

A Corpse Wired For Sound will be released digitally and on CD and vinyl on September 23. A limited edition blue vinyl pressing will be available to pre-order. Any pre-orders made at the 4AD Store will be eligible to win one of 100 individual collage art pieces created by Carson Cox. Digital pre-orders of the album will receive instant downloads of both ‘End Of The Week’ and ‘Flower of Sex’.

A Corpse Wired For Sound tracklisting:
1. Flower Of Sex
2. Crystal Cage
3. Right Back To The Start
4. End Of The Week
5. Lonesome Sound
6. Shadow Of The Truth
7. Silence
8. I Will Not Sleep Here
9. My Dream Is Yours

Merchandise will make a welcome live return this Autumn, beginning in North America before heading across the Atlantic for shows in the UK and Europe. A full list of dates can be found below.

Sep 22 – MIAMI, FL, Gramps, US #
Sep 23 – TAMPA, FL, Crowbar, US #
Sep 24 – GAINESVILLE, FL, The Atlantic, US #   
Sep 25 – ATLANTA, GA, The Masquerade, US #           
Sep 27 – NASHVILLE, TN, 12th & Porter, US #   
Sep 28 – LOUISVILLE, KY, Zanzabar, US #         
Sep 29 – ST. LOUIS, MO, Blank Space, US #                           
Sep 30 – CHICAGO, IL, Empty Bottle, US #     
Oct 1 – CLEVELAND, OH, Mahall’s 20 Lanes, US #
Oct 2 – DETROIT, MI, Marble Bar, US #            
Oct 3 – TORONTO, The Silver Dollar, Canada #          
Oct 5 – MONTREAL, Vitrola, Canada #      
Oct 6 – PORTSMOUTH, NH, 35 Artspace, US #
Oct 7 – BOSTON, MA, The Great Scott, US #
Oct 8 – PROVIDENCE, RI, Columbus Theater, US #
Oct 9 – BROOKLYN, NY, Market Hotel, US #
Oct 11 – JERSEY CITY, NJ, Monty Hall, US #               
Oct 12 – PHILADELPHIA, PA, PhilaMOCA, US #                        
Oct 13 – WASHINGTON, DC, DC9, US #                        
Oct 14 – RICHMOND, VA, Gallery5, US #
Oct 15 – RALEIGH, NC, Kings, US #                       
Oct 26 – AARHUS, Tape, Denmark
Oct 27 – COPENHAGEN, Stengade, Denmark
Oct 28 – BIELEFELD, Nr.z.P, Germany
Oct 29 – LEIPZIG, Westwerk, Germany
Oct 30 – BERLIN, Tiefgrund, Germany
Oct 31 – AMSTERDAM, S105, Netherlands
Nov 2 – LONDON, The Lexington, UK
Nov 3 – MANCHESTER, The Castle Hotel, UK
Nov 4 – BIRMINGHAM, Sunflower Lounge, UK
Nov 5 – LEEDS, Brudenell Social Club, UK
Nov 7 – BRUSSELS, Rotonde – Botanique, Belgium
Nov 8 – PARIS, Mecanique Ondulatoire, France
Nov 12 – CARPI, Mattatoio, Italy
Nov 13 – MARGHERA, C.S. Rivolta, Italy
Nov 14 – ZAGREB, Mocvara, Croatia
Nov 15 – LINZ, Posthof, Austria
Nov 16 – PRAGUE, Café V lese, Czech Republic
Nov 26 – OKLAHOMA CITY, OK, 89th Street Collective, US %
Nov 28 – DENVER, CO, Hi-Dive, US %
Nov 30 – BOISE, ID, Neurolux, US %
Dec 1 – SEATTLE, WA, Barboza, US %
Dec 2 – VANCOUVER, BC, Fortune, Canada %
Dec 3 – PORTLAND, OR, Mississippi Studios, US %
Dec 5 – SACRAMENTO, CA, Harlows, US %
Dec 6 – SAN FRANCISCO, CA, Swedish American Hall, US %
Dec 7 – SANTA CRUZ, CA, Moe’s, US %
Dec 9 – SAN DIEGO, CA, Hideout, US %
Dec 10 – LOS ANGELES, CA, The Echo, US %
Dec 11 – PHOENIX, AZ, Valley Bar, US %
Dec 12 – NEW MEXICO, NM, Sister, US %
Dec 14 – SAN ANTONIO, TX, Paper Tiger, US %
Dec 15 – AUSTIN, TX, Sidewinder, US %
Dec 16 – HOUSTON, TX, Walter’s, US %
Dec 17 – NEW ORLEANS, LA, Siberia, US %

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