Matt Maltese is a songwriter in the truest sense of the term. A piano and some pain makes for a dream combination in the talented fingertips of this South London based musician. He pens incredibly moving ballads that echo the despair of many in this trying time. In delivery he captures a haunting melancholy similar to troubadours Leonard Cohen, Father John Misty and Rufus Wainwright. Terrible Merch is thrilled to be collaborating with Matt Maltese!
Indie-pop talent Gothic Tropic has joined the Terrible Merch ranks! Gothic Tropic is the moniker of LA based musician Cecilia Della Peruti who makes blissful catchy tunes you could just float on. Gothic Tropic’s upcoming album Fast or Feast is sure to catch a few ears with music that will ask listeners to dance and despair.
Terrible Merch and Gothic Tropic will be donating £3 for every Palms Tee sold to Planned Parenthood. Do good, look good.
This year we witnessed Brexit, pulled our collars as Donald Trump became President and sighed as David Bowie, Prince and George Michael left us to play the great festival in the sky. But it wasn't all bad… We grew our Terrible Merch family and we’ve had a great time and many late, loud nights doing it.
Gang joined our roster and released ‘Not a Reason’, made some matching merch, got signed to Ra Ra Rok Records and released their double A-side much to the delight of BBC Radio. We can't wait to see what these guys do next year.
Our Girl teamed up with us and made merch for their single ‘Sleeper’ released by the mighty Cannibal Hymns. We got to hear more awesomeness with the release of ‘Normally’ which kinda blew our minds.
Puppy and Terrible Merch released VOL II together and produced some of the most badass looking merch we’ve ever seen. Kerrang readers and the rest of London went wild for it.
We spent the better part of summer trying to get one of our favourite bands Kagoule to come and make merch with us, we even ventured out of London to their hometown of Nottingham…They finally gave in and we made some insanely cool black on black embroidered sweatshirts and hoodies. Take our word for it, the best is yet to come from these PRS momentum grantees in the new year.
Our year was taken up another level when we got to work with everyone's new favourite band; Girl Ray, who lit up our lives and our playlists with the single ‘Trouble’ on repeat. Hayley Bonar loves em enough that even she’s rocking their Terrible Merch made Snake Tee.
We got to hang out with the mighty Shame at Lightship95, recorded our LightshIp Edition Live Sessions with Rory Attwell, Dogbrain Videos and our friends over at So Young Magazine. Good news, there’ll be more of these to come in 2k17.
To round it all off, we got to welcome Cannibal Hymns to the Merch Family… not a bad year, right?
2016 is gone, finito, please piss off. We’re pretty optimistic about 2017 and we don’t have crystal ball. What we have is the news record label Cannibal Hymns and Terrible Merch are teaming up to bring you delights for your ears and threads for your bods. Cannibal Hymns know a good tune and have been delivering them from the shores of Brighton in recent times. Our Girl, Abattoir Blues, Dream Wife and TIGERCUB make the dream roster and we are stoked to be working with this label.
We’ve already doted over Our Girl’s latest EP ‘Normally’ and we can’t wait to see what this label is going to deliver next. Why? Because if one thing’s for sure it’s that if Cannibal Hymns are involved it’s going to be worth it.
There’s a point in time where you want to capture something because of the beauty of the moment. You can’t always do that, you can’t always be in the right place at the right time. Instead, sometimes you have to help to create those moments. We wanted to create these moments in one of our favourite places, Lightship95. We brought together a group of individuals to make it happen and capture it perfectly, as well as artists that we love, to capture them at their best.
Last month we brought you our very first session in the form of ‘Gold Hole’ and today we bring you an unreleased track. Fans of the band will be aware of ‘Lampoon’ but those that aren’t, it's fair to say that this is a band defining track. Our interview with Shame follows below.
We all receive music in different ways. Not just the delivery method of choice, not even the specific platforms, but our own personal methods for enjoyment. Some people spread thin across a myriad of genres, others dig down into one artist’s oeuvre and there are countless methods in between.
I seem to bounce back and forth between methods, but I also seem to pivot to artists I know and love, for little more than the unbridled joy of hearing exactly the song you want to hear exactly when you want to hear it.
One such artist is Our Girl. We’ve been working with them since very shortly after the inception of Terrible Merch. Having seen this band more times than I can count, I’d like to think I’ve got as deep a knowledge of their tracks as anyone outside of the band themselves. To really own those tracks makes a difference and so far, I (and everyone else) have only been able to have two.
Happily, that is about to change. Our Girl have announced their upcoming ‘Normally’ EP, through Cannibal Hymns. I could wax lyrical about it, track-by-track and point out the nuances that make each passing minute of this release truly special. Instead, I implore you to listen below and make it to any and all of their upcoming shows in the coming weeks.
Nov 15 - Instore at Rough Trade East
Dec 12 - The Hope & Ruin, Brighton
Dec 13 - The Shacklewell Arms, London
There’s a point in time where you want to capture something because of the beauty of the moment. You can’t always do that, you can’t always be in the right place at the right time. Instead, sometimes you have to help to create those moments.
We wanted to create these moments in one of our favourite places, Lightship95. We brought together a group of individuals to make it happen and capture it perfectly, as well as artists that we love, to capture them at their best.
This is Shame in session at Lightship95, recorded by Rory Attwell, filmed by Dogbrain Videos and brought to you by SoYoung Magazine, Terrible Merch and Black Cat White Cat Promotions.
So it’s been a hell of a year, right? Around this time of year you tend to get lots of wistful analysis of what’s happened, but I think this year has beaten a lot of competition out of the way to become arguably the most trying in living memory. Certainly my living memory, which amounts to a smidge over a quarter of a century.
Nevertheless, - and as we’ve noticed a number of others doing - we’re going to look to the future. Look to the dawning of the light. This week, that beacon of hope is specifically our new merch for Moshi Moshi signees Girl Ray.
I think we all have people we can trust when we ask about music. When I asked those I trust about Girl Ray, one of the comments that stuck with me was, “They’re real.” I guess what made it stick was being surrounded by so much uncertainty as to what was real anymore. Is this real life now? Are we living in a simulation, hacked by the adolescent sibling of its twisted creator? Can I have my old life back?
I don’t think my friend meant they were “real” in a street sense, but I immediately understood the difficult-to-qualify assertion. There’s a fine line between what Girl Ray are striving for (and achieving, it should be mentioned) and what a lesser band would end up with. I think what separates them, what acts as that divide, is sincerity. The sincerity in ‘Trouble’ is almost a part of the tracking process, you can feel it, woven into the negative space around the restrained performances of Sophie, Poppy and Iris.Welcome in, Girl Ray, we’re happy to have you around.
ALTHOUGH “MINI-KAGS” SOUNDS LIKE A BREAKOUT HAIR TREND FOR THE FESTIVAL SEASON, MAKE NO MISTAKE, IT’S THE AFFECTIONATE TERM FOR WHAT KAGOULE BECAME IN THEIR VIDEO FOR MAGNIFIED. IN FACT, WE HAVE SO MUCH AFFECTION FOR THIS BAND THAT WE ESSENTIALLY BEGGED THEM TO LET US DO THEIR MERCH AND, HAPPILY, THEY RELENTED. WE’RE NOW BOUND IN SARTORIAL MATRIMONY AND WE’VE GOT SOME DOOM-AS-FUCK LONG SLEEVE MERCH AVAILABLE UP ON THE STORE!
Directed by co-conspirators and Terrible Merch roster mates Dogbrain Videos, the mini-Kags endure some seriously masochistic treatment at the hands of possibly-a-bit-Brexit-maybe-so-perhaps-that-explains-it-a-bit gardener/mum. It’s a mind spinner, check it out.
Unboxing videos are legit fun, if you’re putting off changing your registered bank address or some other equally dry task. However, we’ve reached a new zenith with Dogbrain Videos’ effort, managing to create a new method for speedily putting that sweet merchandise onto your torso. Namely the “Just Fucking Throw It At People Unannounced” technique, pioneered by the inimitable Christopher Wade in this video, which is nailed-on to make you don a creepy stalker smile by minute one.
What is a mirage? We know heat shimmer mirages from long, hot summer days, gazing down streets to see watery apparitions rising from the burning asphalt. It’s a phenomenon, a naturally-occurring phenomenon, that never ceases to demand a second look.
We borrow the word from the French mirage, in turn rooted in the Latin mirari, the word Shakespeare adapted to name Prospero’s daughter in The Tempest and - as all good GCSE/A-Level English Literature students know - that literally means “to look at; to wonder at.”
How apt, how perfectly apt, that we see these non-organic mirages throughout Morning Smoke’s ‘Waste My Time,’ a video to at the very least wonder at, if not be totally in awe of.
Shot in Brighton and directed by Jay Bartlett, this video is stark, an amalgam that echoes and balances the sweeping and gut-bursting swells of the track.
Make no mistake that we dearly love this band and are desperate to hear more as they continue on their shimmering developmental journey.
PUPPY HAVE MADE OUR WEEK WITH NEWS OF A MINI ALBUM DUE FOR SELF RELEASE ON THE 12TH AUGUST AHEAD OF THEIR TOUR WITH SORORITY NOISE IN OCTOBER. YOU PRE-ORDER THE ALBUM WITH AND THEIR LIMITED EDITION VOL II LONG SLEEVE TEES RIGHT HERE.
TO CELEBRATE VOL II THEY WILL BE PLAYING A FREE SHOW AT THE BLACK HEART IN CAMDEN ON THE 23RD AUGUST - SAVE THE DATE!
Last year James from Fuoco told you that you won't wanna miss it, and he was right, but maybe you did miss it...
This year James tell you why you all about Gang's ultra HD Long Sleeve Tees, with an original score.
Made by the insanely amazing Dogbrain Videos
GANG HAVE SOME INSANELY AWESOME SONGS ABOUT LOVE, DEATH AND FEELINGS AND THERE IS NOTHING THAT THEY HAVE MADE THAT WE AREN'T CRAZY ABOUT.
THEIR FIRST TERRIBLE MERCH RELEASE IS AN AWESOME DIGITAL DOWNLOAD AND LIMITED EDITION BACK PATCH HAND SCREEN PRINTED BACK PATCH WITH ORIGINAL ARTWORK BY JORDAN GRAY AND IT'S PRETTY SPECTACULAR, EVEN IF WE DO SAY SO OURSELVES.
YOU CAN SEE THEIR LAST (NSFW) VIDEO BELOW, BUT IF YOU WANT THE FULL GANG EXPERIENCE FOLLOW THEM HERE AND THAT YOU DO IT NOW - LITERALLY THE BEST PAGE ON FACEBOOK.
PEACE, LOVE AND GANG
MORNING SMOKE RELEASED THEIR NEW SINGLE TODAY AND IT'S PRETTY WILD!
DIY SEEMS TO THINK SO TOO HEAR IT BELOW AND READ ALL ABOUT IT HERE
CATCH 'EM AT THE GREAT ESCAPE NEXT WEEK, IF YOURE THERE, THEY ARE NOT TO BE MISSED LIVE!
Puppy release a killer new track and everyone, including The Guardian, goes completely wild for it... You can hear it below.
WE'RE A LITTLE BIT IN LOVE WITH THEIR NEW SINGLE AND WE'RE DELIGHTED TO ADD BEATY HEART TO OUR MERCH ROSTER!
BEATY HEART ARE FROM SOUTH LONDON AND IF YOU HAVENT HEARD THEM YET... YOU SHOULD!
HERE'S THEIR NEW BADASS VIDEO, FEATURING A PRETTY AWESOME POOCH.
CATCH THEM IN A CITY NEAR YOU SOON
(THEIR NEXT LONDON SHOW AT ELECTROWERKS IS ALREADY SOLD OUT)
OUR GIRL HAVE BEEN IN OUR EARS FOR A WHILE AND WE'RE SUPER EXCITED TO BE MAKING THEIR MERCH FOR THEM!
THEY DON'T NEED MUCH OF AN INTRODUCTION, BUT IF YOU HAVENT YET HEARD ALL THE DREAMY SOUNDS THEY MAKE YOU CAN HEAR THOSE HERE OR TAKE A LOOK AT THEIR NEW VIDEO BELOW!
THEIR SINGLE SLEEPER IS OUT ON CANNIBAL HYMNS
There's not much we love more than making merch for a great band... And we're really excited to be doing it with Morning Smoke.
They toured with The Wytches and have been listed ones to watch in 2016 by The Guardian too. Also, how awesome are their Tees?!!
Their new single Soft Decay is out on Cannibal Hymns and it's awesome.
Getting to make awesome merch for one of our favourite bands is a dream come true. These guys are on all our playlists and with good reason...
You can listen and see more from Puppy here. You can also find them and play their songs on Guitar Hero! We'd highly recommend going to see them play live when they come by your city