2016: YEAR IN REVIEW

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.

Hayley Bonar Terrible Merch

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?

OUR GIRL: NORMALLY EP

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

GIRL RAY

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.

 

 

KAGOULE

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.

VIDEO: DOGBRAIN T-SHIRT UNBOXING

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.