01 10 2013
Photo by Andrew Horn
On "Anxiety's Door", Merchandise's hard-hitting industrial sprawler from the upcoming Totale Nite EP, the Tampa, Fla., trio proves that even at their most stylistically widescreen-- deep-thudding drum machine kicks, Dave Vassalotti's scorched guitar loops and frenzied solos-- they've still got something potent to say lyrically.
On last year's Children of Desire and 2010's Strange Songs in the Dark, they played with the duality of dark, distorted instrumentation and romantic verse. Here, leader Carson Cox sings lines on the struggle of the city around him, where "old men sleep in the road," all the while he's "drinking the perfumed air" and blissfully embracing isolation. There's an awakened sense of hyper-presence-- feeling his blood run cold, and not accepting the life that's been handed to him by parents or teachers-- but also a surreal verse about chatting with the Sun about self-growth and worldly woes. There's a very catchy track on Strange Songs in the Dark called "I Locked the Door" that serves an essential theme for creative growth. "Anxiety's Door", meanwhile, feels like discerningly unlocking that gateway, only to find that even on the street you can take wreckage and make something beautiful.
Merchandise: "Anxiety's Door" on SoundCloud.
[from the Totale Nite EP; out this Spring on Night People]