There’s nothing quite as exciting as pouring into a venue to see your favorite band and discovering the merch table is filled with unbelievably tasteful, fun, or unique clothing that you can wear entirely too much, just to make sure that EVERYBODY knows you’re really into that particular band (i.e. my Modern Baseball beanie that never leaves my head). Seeing as buying merch is the best way to support a band, as they often see very little money from their actual music sales, you want to make sure your investment is a fair exchange: They get gas and food money, and you look great. Simple enough, right?
To be honest, my personal merch collection isn’t truly complete until the men of Hatebreed decide to reprint basketball jerseys in a size smaller the XXL, which may never happen, so instead I’ll have to salivate over these goodies that actually exist for me to purchase.
Below I’ve listed some great items being sold by bands at the moment. Haven’t heard of who I’m mentioning? Look them up! Great merch comes from all styles of music.
There’s nothing as great as a properly executed humor shirt, and Mixtapes have pulled off everything from Metallica spoofs to Grimace-themed digs to purposefully tacky shirts that mock various counter-cultures. Who could forget Mixtapes’ cackle-inducing ironic print of “Down with Soupy, Way more Radke!” shirts from Warped Tour? (They didn’t even feature the band’s name on them.)
Mixtapes printed an Adventure Time/Gay pride themed shirt, thus making possibly the happiest tee in existence.
Photo from mixtapesohiomerch.bigcartel.com
2. Best Coast
I’ve spoken of her incredible style so much I have no voice anymore, so naturally it’s correct to assume that her merch is utterly fabulous. Her album artwork is minimalistic and trendy and translates well on everything from tees to crew necks, and her use of her adorable cat Snacks will surely convince every cat lover to throw down some money on BC merch. Not to mention, she actually sells plush stuffed animal versions of Snacks! My favorite item for sale (and that I own) is her “Our Deal” video-inspired crop top. It’s edgy, it’s cool and it’s perfect for summer, the very season that Best Coast’s music represents.
3. Title Fight
This band just knows how to utilize great artwork for everything from album art to iconic logos and more. I don’t think there’s a single shirt in Title Fight’s webstore that doesn’t tickle my fancy. The simple look is always safe, not to mention the variety of hats and classic tattoo artwork-inspired shirts seem classier than the average band tee. Maybe I just really love Title Fight?
This particular shirt’s design is placed perfectly so that you could slap some high-waisted shorts on and tuck it in and look hella hip.
Photo from titlefight.limitedrun.com
4. Arcade Fire
The band is known almost as much for its incredibly audacious style as it is for its amazing and powerful music. The AF merch store is quintessential to minimalist hipsters, with very subtle and crisp designs on all the merch in the store. The best item in this store is by far the tie-dye/acid wash shirt with the class Arcade Fire logo on it. Swoon!
Photo from arcadefirestore.com
5. Odd Future
Aside from being one of the youngest, buzziest, and funniest crews in rap right now, Odd Future also has its own clothing line. The merch in this store is too fun to handle, featuring everything from patterned button-ups to bucket hats to clever tees and boxers. The sock collection in and of itself is composed of utter masterpieces. This is a store worth speculating for sure.
Photo from oddfuture.com/collections/spring-2014
These fellas are goofballs, even if the music they create is relatable and heart wrenching. Their cleverness is oft seen in their merch, mostly composed of tasteful and comfortable tees with fun designs or logos. I can’t say much more about this shirt besides it being possibly the most clever use of the D.A.R.E font ever.
Photo from shop.thefrontbottoms.com
7. St. Vincent
Annie Clark’s style is fairly simple, be it a bit bizarre at times, and her merch matches that mantra perfectly. If you’re not into wild graphic tees, you’ll fall in love with her collection, but if you are searching for a surprise element of oddity, it’s definitely to be found.
Photo from St. Vincent’s Bandwear Store
8. Sleigh Bells
Loud, noisy guitar pop fueled by distortion and fiery, energetic performances make for a formula that can only mean one thing: Sleigh Bells are afoot. The two artists that make up Sleigh Bells, Alexis Krauss and Derek Edward Miller, are incredibly slick people. I’d kill to look half as badass as Krauss. And boy do they have the merch to back it. Check out this absurd basketball jersey and weep.
Photo from sleighbells.gomerch.com
What’d you think? Would you buy any of these digs? Let me know who else has sweet digs for sale!