MER­CHAN­DISE Chil­dren of De­sire Kar­torga Works

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - MUSIC REVIEWS - JIM CAR­ROLL

There are times when a record from a par­tic­u­lar scene makes those on the out­side ea­ger to check out what’s go­ing on in­side. Tampa, Florida’s Mer­chan­dise made their bones through years of play­ing hard­core and punk shows, but their am­bi­tious, wide-rang­ing and pow­er­ful new al­bum has a depth and qual­ity that will res­onate be­yond the core baili­wick. Their gump­tion, drive and de­sire to widen and ex­tend the sound and up their song­writ­ing and cre­ative ante makes Chil­dren of De­sire a pow­er­ful lis­ten. Th­ese six tracks are packed with grand, evoca­tive ges­tures as gui­tars, synths, drums and Car­son Cox’s vo­cals trip and tip hither and thither be­tween the dra­matic snap of In Night­mare Room, the grace­ful max­i­malisms of Be­come What You Are and the smart pop blur of Tears. A band wor­thy of our at­ten­tion. mer­chan­dis­ethe­band. word­press.com Down­load: Be­come What You Are, Tears

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