See Merchandise Salt a Slug (and Other Trippy Terrors) in ‘Rush of Blood’ Short Film

Merchandise Totale Nite Rush of Blood Video

Merchandise aren’t into that whole brevity thing. The Florida trio’s new album Totale Nite is a full-length affair comprising only five songs — Morrissey and Joy Division in an echo chamber terrorized by seven-minute nightmare after nine-minute freakout. It’s post-punk as art-addled prog (we’ve even watched them execute an 11-minute song atop a roof) and though it’s proven to be divisive, the band’s kept the conversation going. Their latest offering is the 15-minute short film above. “Rush of Blood” was shot and directed by the band while they were working on Totale Nite, and it captures a lot of the vibe of the album. In a press release, frontman Carson Cox explained their motivations: “‘Rush of Blood’ is an attempt at carrying over visual themes explored on the record (anxiety, mental fog, the elephant in the room). It was shot and edited in a style that is meant to reveal something to the viewer by its invisibility and hidden meaning.” Among the mind-scrambling highlights: lurking dudes, shiny guns, weird drugs, lava lamps, and a brutal salting of a seemingly innocent slug. Original music courtesy of Merchandise guitarist Dave Vassalotti.

Merchandise tour dates:

May 10 – New York, NY @ NYU Strawberry Festival
May 10 – Brooklyn, NY @ 285 Kent (solo performances)
May 15 – London, England- 100 Club
May 16 – Brighton, England @ The Haunt
May 17 – Brighton, England @ The Corn Exchange
May 18 – Utrecht, Netherlands @ Le Guess Who Festival
May 20 – Paris, France @ Fleche D’Or
May 21 – Rennes, France @ Ubu
May 22 – Lyon, France @ Le Sirius
May 23 – Nimes, France @ Paloma
May 24 – Barcelona, Spain @ Primavera Sound Festival
May 30 – Porto, Portugal @ Optimus Primavera Festival
June 1 – Austin, TX @ Chaos in Tejas †=
June 2 – Austin, TX @ Chaos in Tejas †=
June 4 – Dallas, TX @ Club Dada †=
June 5 – Nashville, TN @ Stone Fox †=
June 6 – Louisville, KY @ The Workhouse Ballroom †=
June 7 – Columbus, OH @ Ace of Cups †=
June 8 – Pittsburgh, PA @ The 6119 †=
June 9 – Boston, MA @ TT The Bears †=
June 10 – Burlington, VT @ The Monkey House †=
June 11 – Montreal, Quebec @ Il Motore †=
June 12 – Toronto, Ontario @ NXNE Music Festival †=
June 13 – Toronto, Ontario @ NXNE Music Festival †=
June 14 – Taylor, PA @ Underwood Skatepark †=
June 15 – Brooklyn, NY @ 285 Kent (Northside Music Festival) †=
June 17 – Philadelphia, PA @ Johnny Brenda’s †=
June 18 – Washington, DC @ DC9 †=
June 19 – Richmond, VA @ Strange Matter †=
June 20 – Charlotte, NC @ The Milestone †=
June 21 – Atlanta, GA @ 529 †=
June 22 – Gainesville, FL @ The Atlantic †=
June 23 – Miami, FL @ Churchill’s †=
June 24 – Tampa, FL @ TBA †
July 18 – Athens, GA @ Caledonia Lounge
July 19 – Indianapolis, IN @ Vogue Theater
July 20 – Chicago, IL @ Pitchfork Music Festival
July 22 – Minneapolis, MA @ Triple Rock Social Club %
July 23 – Iowa City, IA @ Gabe’s *
July 24 – St. Louis, MO @ Blank Space *
August 2 – Katowice, Poland @ OFF Festival
August 30 – Verona, Italy @ A Perfect Day !
August 31 – Salisbury, England @ End Of The Road Festival
September 7 – Isle Of Wight, England @ Bestival

* with Wet Hair
! with Primal Scream, Jake Bugg
% with Daughn Gibson
† with Milk Music
= with Destruction Unit

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