Merchandise, “Figured Out”

J. Edward Keyes

By J. Edward Keyes

on 03.19.14 in Listen to This

Tampa band Merchandise has spent the last few years clearing the scuzz out of their sound. Where once there was a wall of noise — clanging guitars, grinding feedback — now there are pristine chords and a sense of drama that recalls Echo & the Bunnymen. On “Figured Out,” taken from a forthcoming split Record Store Day LP with Milk Music and Destruction Unit, the band is at their most assured. They deliver a swooping, pleading number tailor-made for the big, emotional conclusion of a high school film student’s final project.