MERCH – SATURDAY, 8/3/19 @ 3:00 PM
From July 24th-September 9th, Joe Medina (who performs and records under the moniker MERCH) will be traveling to record stores throughout the United States in support of MERCH’s current album ‘Amour Bohemian’. ‘Amour Bohemian’ has been out on vinyl through MERCH’s own imprint Sassafras Records for about a year and the cassette version of the release will be put out through record label Earth Libraries during the tour.
‘Amour Bohemian’ is a startling album in its scope and features contributions from upwards of 65 people in order to bring to life Medina’s vision. Those contributors include the Prague FILMharmonic Orchestra (known for working with people like Quentin Tarantino, Werner Herzog, Adele, and The Arcade Fire–Medina even went to Prague to work with them), members of The Growlers, Oh Sees, and Blank Tapes, a full Latin jazz band, opera singers, and so many more.
For this record store tour, Medina will be making this a solo outing–doing vocals and guitar while the orchestral tracks from the album are triggered from an analog reel to reel. Fans of the time-honored sounds of folks like Lee Hazlewood, Scott Walker, Leonard Cohen, Ennio Morricone, Burt Bacharach, psych-rock, classic crooners, ELO, Magnetic Fields, Spiritualized, Procol Harum, and Love will find plenty to latch onto in the sounds of ‘Amour Bohemian’ as will fans of more recent luminaries like Weyes Blood, Ariel Pink, Drugdealer, and Tame Impala.
Press for ‘Amour Bohemian’ has been rapturous and it has received over-the-top notice in everything from Popmatters to PASTE. Even before its release, John Dwyer of Oh Sees renown said “Amour Bohemian is a ren-rock masterpiece. Pretty much all you could want from a deep album.” Upon its release to the public, The Vinyl District gave it a rare A- rating saying “A whole lot of new music is getting pressed onto vinyl these days, but little of it radiates like a nugget from the heyday of the long-playing record quite like this specimen, while still connecting as contemporary. Anyone interested in the possibilities of symphonic pop and classically-minded songwriting shouldn’t sleep on Amour Bohemian.”
After the completion of all performance and press obligations around this U.S. record store tour, Medina will be taking the songs of ‘Amour Bohemian’ for a tour of stores in the U.K/Europe. He will then work on the writing of a follow-up EP in Budapest and then, ultimately, get to work rehearsing with a full band to bring MERCH’s cinematic, grand-scale sounds to festival audiences next year.