SHOPPING – ” Customer Complaints ” Re-Issue

Posted: July 28, 2016 in MUSIC
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Taken from forthcoming 7″ inch single “In Other Words” b/w “You Are A Sort (Don’t Call Me)” out June 10th on MÏLK Records

I don’t often utter the word “shopping” in our house, Shopping is this great little, post-punk band from London who in 2013 released an awesome album,”Consumer Complaints”,

Shopping‘s debut album is fantastic, and it’s receiving a special re-issuing by FatCat Records in advance of the trio’s latest new album .”Consumer Complaints is a quick compilation of 13 songs (runs a little over 30 minutes). It’s not the blaring post-punk you would hear in bands like Metz or maybe Death From Above, but instead the songs have a midtempo pace and some of them are melodic even a tad funky and groovy.

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The combination of the latter two bands can be heard on the droning “Hard As Nails” and the infectious “Moyet’s Voice”.  Meanwhile, the playful “We Say You Pay”, “Get Going”, and “Right Now” echo of the punk-industrial sounds of 1970s Manchester. There’s also a touch of Sleater-Kinney’s grrrl riot movement in “Long Way Home”, where even frontwoman Rachel Aggs’ voice channels Carrie Brownstein.

Lyrically, there is repetition in some of the tracks, such as the catchy closer “Theme”, but that’s part of the appeal of Shopping. The repetitiveness doesn’t sound redundant but instead acts like another part of the band’s arrangements, especially when all three members of the band get in on the act. It’s a clever device concocted by the DIYers from East London. Shopping are upbeat, rhythmic, and queer-positive. Protest, particularly against capitalism, runs through their music, as “For Your Money” on their 2013 LP Customer Complaints attests (I had a job/ Yeah it nearly killed me). Queer pride is, and should always be, tied up with critique of social hegemony, so it’s exciting to see a band like this one whose queerness is linked with other forms of dissent. At live shows, Shopping is boundlessly energetic.

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Shopping are Billy Easter (bass), Andrew Milk (drums), and Rachel Aggs (lead vocals, guitar). The album can be purchased now .

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