Merchandise collaborate with Scottish playwright John Byrne for ‘Telephone’ video – watch

The band will tour the UK throughout November

Merchandise have unveiled the video for their new single, ‘Telephone’.

Click above to watch the promo, which sees the band collaborating with Scottish playwright and artist John Byrne. The video was filmed in Edinburgh, and sees the band interpreting Byrne’s play The Slab Boys, with a cameo from Byrne.

Frontman Carson Cox said of the collaboration: “This video was lots of work. For sure our most theatrical but also our most animated. Under the amazing art direction of John Byrne and a load of Scots we were able to not only confuse time but create a new type of surrealism. We smoked a ton of cigarettes and stuffed ourselves with food till the ideas came flowing out.” Byrne added: “Delightful bunch of guys, really, really talented – going to be big, no two ways about that! They were great to work with and God bless them – very, very smart and funny.”

The US band released their new album ‘After The End’ this summer. They will hit the road for nine dates in November, starting in London at The Laundry on November 18 and finishing at Coalition in Brighton on November 27. Scroll down for full dates and ticket details.

Speaking about the album to NME upon signing with 4AD, Cox said: “We’re going to remake ourselves as a pop band. We don’t have to put any long songs on the album, so now we can just do a formal pop record. I’m talking about pop, rock and R&B. I feel like it’s going to be moody and sentimental.”

Merchandise will play:

London The Laundry (November 18)
Bristol Start The Bus (20)
Birmingham The Hare & Hounds (21)
Manchester Sound Control (22)
Leeds Brudenell Social Club (23)
Glasgow Stereo (24)
Newcastle The Cluny (25)
Liverpool Kazimier (26)
Brighton Coalition (27)

To check the availability of Merchandise tickets and get all the latest listings, head to NME.COM/tickets.