Totale Nite - Merchandise
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  • Summary: The five-track EP from the Tampa indie rock trio is its first release on the Night people label.
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  1. Positive: 6 out of 9
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  1. Total Nite comes less than a year on from Children of Desire and feels like a natural continuation of their sound.
  2. Apr 12, 2013
    80
    On Totale Nite, they manage to use small-scale elements--jangling guitars, cheapo drum machines, toy keyboards--to project the urgency of bands with louder screams and bigger amps.
  3. Jul 11, 2013
    80
    It's fascinating territory and Merchandise sound like a band still exploring thier huge potential. [Aug 2013, p.73]
  4. Apr 9, 2013
    70
    The songwriting is tighter, the hooks stickier and the production crisper as they twist buzzy guitar hooks and driving, rudimentary drum machine beats into seven-minute jams.
  5. Apr 9, 2013
    70
    This album has the potential to appeal to imaginative listeners with a wide range of tastes.
  6. Jun 10, 2013
    50
    Despite their reputation for aggressively noisy music, there’s a hesitancy to Totale Nite that feels nervous and self-conscious.
  7. Apr 9, 2013
    40
    What aren't here are coherently shaped songs, or hooks, or riffs, or melodies that stick.

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  1. Oct 1, 2013
    8
    Merchandise come from the Tampa hardcore Florida scene where they used to play in really bad neighborhoods inside of containers. From there the lead singer found weed and drinks after a hard breakout, and since then has found a sound that harkens to both modern sounds of John Maus or more twee sounds of the ninetees, but mixes in with the dominant Moressey-esque vox. If you are a fan of The Smiths warble vocals and like driving rhythmic guitars that feel dark and eighties, you will be sure to enjoy this talented band both albums they have up until now are exquisite Expand