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Merchandise sound amazingly original- a mid twenties trio who grew up on the local punk and hardcore scene in Tampa Florida but are quickly moving into a pure sound of their own, utilising the atmospheric end of the high IQ British post punk underground when it went mainstream of the Smiths, Bunnymen, Cocteaus and the darker end with bands like Souther Death Cult and Depeche Mode.


Their recent album, Children Of Desire, hints at so much that it fast becoming one of the most desirable records of the now. Krautrock is in there but also a pleasingly dark Neu Goth undertow with dark chiming vocals that sometimes even hint at Depeche Mode whilst some of their tunes have the urgency, intensity and idealism of that long lost and brilliant first Souther Death Cult album and the sense of esoteric space and mystery of the early Cocteau Twins and Echo And The Bunnymen and a dollop of the darker end of the Smiths with a definite hint of Morrissey on the vocals but they can still embrace Bob Dylan, the adventure of free jazz and industrial music into their mix.


Musically they may have moved along way from punk and hardcore but they still, somehow, retain its sense of energy and idealism. The hardcore scene has become the key component of most ew bands in the last couple of years but has influenced a mind boggling and very different array of musics.

The band are two albums in, their second LP, Children of Desire, was released last year via Katorga Works. The initial press sold out quickly, and their first LP, (Strange Songs) In the Dark, was also recently repressed.

The band are now poised and ready for your attention.

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