|April 7, 2020|
They’re no longer based in the capital these days – guitarist Rachel Aggs (Trash Kit, Sacred Paws) has relocated to Glasgow, joining drummer Andrew Milk (Current Affairs), while bassist Billy Easter (Wet Dog) is now a semi-permanent resident of Los Angeles – but Shopping will always be a London band. It’s little surprise, then, that the threesome returned to the city to write their formidable fourth album, All Or Nothing (out Feb 7th, via Fat Cat).
The DIY ‘supergroup’ formed in 2012, respected players on a young, queer, East London scene that counted basement venue Power Lunches (RIP) as its hub. Their sound – kinetic, minimalist dance-punk inspired by the likes of ESG, Gang of Four, Slits and Au Pairs – has won them glowing press from all quarters (NME, Pitchfork, NPR), impressive co-signs (Sleater-Kinney’s Corin Tucker is a fan) and a loyal, cross-continent following accrued over three, acclaimed albums: self-released debut Consumer Complaints , a short-run, DIY-distributed release that sold out in a matter of months and was subsequently reissued by FatCat; Why Choose [2015, FatCat], which saw the band touring the States for the first time; and The Official Body [2018, FatCat] – produced by indie pop legend Edwyn Collins – which bagged the threesome a main stage slot at San Francisco Pride 2018 and a coveted publishing deal with Sub Pop.
It was there on the US West coast – in a Seattle basement, to be exact – that the storming lead single for All Or Nothing was written. ‘Initiative’, like the album as a whole, thrums with purpose, marking a confident new phase for the band. They may be miles apart, but distance has only sharpened their focus. The members of Shopping still write together, face-to-face, taking a collaborative approach to lyrics and vocals. And after seven years as a band, they’ve finessed their creative process. “I think we have this down to a fine art now,” jokes Easter. “We used to spend longer working on songs that we eventually ended up hating. Now we’re more cutthroat about it; if it’s not working, we’re like ‘next!’” Aggs concurs. “I think songwriting is starting to feel less like magic and more like this tangible process that just works as long as we put all of our energy into it.”
All Or Nothing was written across an intense 10-day period back in February, with sessions spent in London and Glasgow. The songs that emerged are some of Shopping’s boldest yet: confident, elastic, streamlined grooves that crackle with energy and intention. Uniting these ten new songs is an expression of tenacity: commitment, leaps of faith and tests of courage. “A lot has happened in our personal lives since we last recorded,” explains Aggs. “We knew this album was going to reflect that exciting and scary feeling that comes with change, heartbreak and personal evolution.”
Automatic (Los Angeles, CA)
Automatic is Izzy Glaudini (synths, vocals), Lola Dompé (drums, vocals) and Halle Saxon (bass, vocals). The band first met while immersed in L.A.’s DIY music scene and started jamming together in 2017. Over the past year they have become a mainstay on the L.A. club circuit. In June 2019 Automatic announced their signing to Stones Throw.
Middle Class Fashion (St. Louis)
Self-proclaimed “pop music for the weird kid”, mcf’s catchy melodies and unhinged performances never fail to captivate
7pm – doors
8pm – show
$12 adv / dos
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