Staying afloat as an up-and-coming act is no easy feat, but great merch can make the road to success a little easier. But it’s one thing to take our word for it and another to speak to someone who’s actually pulling it off, so we spoke to Dave Lupton from Flaming Wrekage to get his tips on band merch that sells, and how it’s helped them stay on the road.
Flaming Wrekage is a blend of thrash and death metal. We are all about touring and playing as many shows as we can and writing different and exciting heavy metal.
It's the best possible way to spread the word about your band. Having your fans as a walking promotion is a great thing to have. Having a great range of merch is also super important, especially for heavy metal bands. Every metal fan has more shirts than they have room for and they love to rep their favourite band. I'd say metal bands always have the best merch. We always make sure our shirts are always really detailed and eye catching.
We've toured Australia plenty of times including lot's or regionals and capital cities. We've also toured in Indonesia.
Merch is your lifeline on tour. That's what pays for accomodation and petrol. We wouldn't be able to afford to do what we do without it.
Maybe not having as much variety to start off with. We had the same two shirts for ages. As soon as we expanded our range we starting selling alot more. Having five or so designs sets you apart from the rest.
Also, putting a bit of time into the presentation of your table is very important too. Most of all don't undersell anything! Those gory metal shirts you see aren't cheap to print due to the amount of colours in the design. Sell them for what they're worth!
Probably the Thrown To The Wolves shirt. We've had to do several re prints of that as they always sell really fast. It's a gnarly design by a dude called Rivan Aji. He also designed our logo and he's amazing at those gory death metal style pieces.
The most direct way to support any band is to buy their merch so don't be a tight arse and grab a shirt!
So there you have it from the professionals. Top Tips- variety, presentation and do not undersell your merch! To check out Flaming Wrekage’s store, head to: https://flamingwrekage.bandcamp.com/merch
To check out more of the work of Rivan Ali, head to https://www.facebook.com/artofrivanaji/