Announce UK tour in December
WHY CHOOSE out now via FatCat Records
Currently on tour in the US and Canada, London-based post-punkers Shopping will return to the UK for a tour this December, including London’s 100 Club on the 8th. Full dates are as follows:
8th December – 100 Club, London
9th December – Start The BUs, Bristol
10th December – Bumper, Liverpool
11th December – Night & Day Cafe, Manchester
12th December – Crescent Club, York
13th December – Brudenell Social Club, Leeds
15th December – The Old Hairdressers, Glasgow
16th December – Sneaky Pete’s, Edinburgh
17th December – Picture House Social, Sheffield
Find out more here.
The band also recently shared the video for new single, ‘Straight Lines’. Teeming with bare skinned individuals that serve as stand-ins for inanimate objects, the video sustains a feeling of nonchalant bluntness that can be found in the songs hastened, yet monotonous vocals. “The video is a metaphor for being caught up in a constricting relationship that you know is ultimately shallow and poisonous,” says director Margarita Louca. “We played on Andrew’s lyrics — the idea of giving so much of yourself away (your life, love, money) to someone who treats you with contempt and dispassion — much like the inanimate objects littering the background of their life.” Watch it below…
Formed in East London in 2012 by members Rachel Aggs (guitar), Billy Easter (bass) and Andrew Milk (drums), SHOPPING forge an itchy, angular explosion of propulsive bass lines, primitive disco-not-disco drums and guitar lines sharp as broken glass. Having done time in a plethora of UK DIY bands including Trash Kit and Wet Dog, they draw from a well of late ’70s / early-’80s post-punk with a voraciousness seldom seen these days, bringing to mind the jagged aggression of Gang of Four, the pure, raw yelp of The Slitsand the dance-inducing thrust of Delta 5, The Au Pairs and ESG.
Onstage Shopping are a blisteringly energetic, taut and utterly engaging live act. The 405 wrote that “Shopping ignite coals beneath your toes that make you want to gyrate”, whilst The Quietus noted how the band “have a life-force all of their own…. you can’t help but move to this music”.
“The London trio Shopping makes tight, bright, danceable post-punk that owes much to forebears like A Certain Ratio, Mo-Dettes, and Lucrate Milk, though it never sounds particularly dated or like a carbon-copy, a testament to the group’s songwriting abilities.” – Pitchfork
“a frenetic and angular foray in to the realms of pop-flecked post-punk” – The Line of Best Fit
“A playful nature definitely runs through ‘Why Choose’, but when it gets serious, either through lyrics or razor sharp instrumentation, it’s done with complete conviction” – DIY
“making smash-and-grab raids on consumer culture, identity, body image and boredom – treating all of these ostensibly right-on subjects with a wholly refreshing ferocity and candour” – The 405
“exquisite angular punk” – Louder Than War