Merit Badge is an indie rock band from the Gulf Coast. Inspired by 90's rock bands such as Pavement, Flaming Lips, Archers of Loaf and Superchunk. The band currently comprises of two main song writers, Mitchell and Josh, with a rotating rhythm section. The band is currently working on their first full length album. The guiding drive for the band is to not follow any specific structure but to pursue song exploration as much as possible. Heavily influenced by bands from the 90's, Merit Badge takes into consideration the niche elements those bands brought to the rock genre but with an injection of spastic fun energy.
Merit Badge started out with Mitchell and Ferril (from Enjoy the Weather) jamming on ideas for about a year. Then Bryce joined in on drums but the band never got to play a show with Ferrill in the band. Than Josh joined after Ferril moved to Texas, followed by several tentative bass players. Finally Jonathan joined the band to play a few shows and make a music video before moving to New Mexico.