My good friends in Merchant Ships are signed to Count Your Lucky Stars records! This label is run by Keith of Empire! Empire! (I Was A Lonely Estate) and they’re a great fit for the Merchant Ships dudes. If you want to know all their thoughts on that, go here.
Upcoming releases? I think so.
“For Cameron” EP (self released CD June 2010/ Digital + 10″ Vinyl on CYLS June (digital) + August 2010)
“Bummer Tapes” re-release of Bummer Times on tape w/bonus acoustic songs (released by our friend in MESHKAHKSD before June tour)
The new songs those dudes have put up have been absolutely awesome. I’m stoked on how good they are, and how much they’re progressing. Also, there’s tons of dates on their myspace for their summer tour!
Anyways, you didn’t think I’d leave you without anything to download right? Attached are two copies of Shipsography. One is my personal copy, ripped from the CD-R at v0 quality and I even went through the trouble to add all of the lyrics to each song, so you can read them while you listen. Another is the “scene”/proper release of it, which I uploaded because it’s hillarious someone would go and make a scene release of it. I’d personally recommend downloading my copy.
Also included is the LOLcats demo, which isn’t on Shipsography.
Shipsography (v0/VBR – lyrics included)
Unfortunately, I can’t find any merch from these dudes, but you must catch them on tour this summer and buy their stuff! They put on a great live show and they’re great people to hang out with.
Midwest Pen Pals
Midwest Pen Pals was/is a band from Indiana. It features Jack and Nick from Merchant Ships. They released the Inside Jokes EP, which is super solid and awesome. Apparently they are back (they recently played a reunion show) and will be recording new songs soon. This band is awesome, get into it.
I love Merchant Ships, and I would love to tell you why. I am sixteen years old, and many of the members of this band are around my age or slightly older. They make music that I hope to make at any age, let alone if I made it at this age it would be nothing short of a miracle. The lyrics and screams are hard, shrill and really hit the point. The guitarwork is perfect. Honestly, they’ve helped me through a lot of stuff as of late. To say their music is personal is an understatement, it does more than strike a nerve a lot of the time.
They broke up for a bit, but thank god they’re back together. They’re really nice dudes, and if they end up being at the forefront of the whole 90’s emo revival thing going on right now soon, I will not be surprised. They’re currently recording a full length, but here is some of their other material to enjoy and get you stoked on whatever surely to be awesome record they are making. I personally love the Bummer Times demo the most, but everything is fantastic.
I Want to Forget About Everything Bad That Happened, Ever
Two BRAND NEW recored in 2010 songs!
Download it all