“Five years in the making” makes any album sound epic, doesn’t it. Merchandise are a friend-of-a-friend band that have become just a friend band now. Brad asked me to build the Cityscape Records website some time back, then I shortly after rebuilt the Merchandise website. Along the way I got to listen to their music and things grew and grew. I do enjoy their poppyness lots…
I’m lucky enough to be – in some sort of VIP way- in receipt of a pre-release of the album ‘For the Masses’ that will be coming out in June, and thought I’d tell you all that it is well worth the wait.
Putting two fairly anthem-like tunes up fron in positions 1 and 2 (‘Listen Up’ and ‘Sometimes’) is a smart move. You start buzzing straight away. Still getting used to some of the new tracks but all satisfy in their own way. ‘Prescription’ and ‘Enemy’ are certainly not the happy-go-lucky type of track that the beautiful ‘sometimes’ proves to be listen after listen.
Great work Brad and Con – everyone buy this in June and help Bolton’s best kept secret become Bolton’s best known band.[audio:http://www.merchandisetheband.co.uk/Listen Up!.mp3]