London/Glasgow trio Shopping launch their 3rd album, "The Official Body", through FatCat Records, and to celebrate are bringing the party to The Maze in Nottingham. Support comes from drumming wunderkinds Rattle and erratic punks Slumb Party.
Shopping formed in early 2013 by members Rachel Aggs (guitar), Billy Easter (bass) and Andrew Milk (drums), who’ve all done time in a plethora of notable UK DIY bands including Trash Kit and Wet Dog. They pull from a well of 70’s post-punk with a voraciousness seldom seen these days, bringing to mind the jagged aggression of
Gang of Four, the voracious yelp of The Slits and the dance inducing thrust of Delta 5 and ESG.
The band released a 7 inch single shortly after forming, which sold out within a week whilst they were on their first European tour. The band’s self-released debut LP, put out via their own MILK records in the UK has received whole-hearted acclaim, selling out their 1000 piece run in just a few months by hand delivering them whilst on tour to top-tier UK shops, who couldn’t seem to get enough of their groove riding, tough talking, life-loving post-punk funk. Second album Why Choose was released on FatCat Records world wide in October 2015. the release coincided with the bands first US tour, a marathon 6 weeks kicking of with 10 shows at CMJ where they
were the top of many reviews lists including in Bob Boilen’s top 10 bands for NPR. Why Choose also sold out within a month of it’s release and subsequently repressed.
The band are tirelessly committed to taking their sound to new audiences and spreading the Shopping gospel, They have toured Europe a further 5 times and completed a further headline US tour in the summer of 2016. They consistently tour and play all over the UK securing impressive gigs along the way including main support for ESG and Gang Of Four and festivals such as End of the Road and ATP. Fully entrenched in the vibrant UK DIY community Shopping’s gigs are incredibly fun and undeniably thrilling to watch and to date they’ve been described by the NME as a “band you need to hear.” and lauded as one of SPIN's "Artists To Watch.”
For their early awaited third album “The Official Body” Shopping have teamed up with indie pop legend and innovator Edwyn Collins. The album was recorded and produced at his Clashnarrow studio in Helmsdale, Scotland and will be released on Fat Cat records in January 2018.
Some Shopping praise:
“Shopping are an intensely animated, female fronted three-piece, who clearly have deeprooted angular postpunk influences.” - The Monitors
“Live, the band emanates a self-assuredness and a commitment to contributing maximum joy to their audience (who are often happily dancing their hearts out on a week night in a hot, cramped venue below street level)” - The Quietus
“full of hooks, actively danceable rhythms and lyrics which make clever use of repetition without coming off as lazy or inarticulate.” 8/10 - Drowned In Sound
“stark, bouncy post-punk” 8/10- Loud & Quiet
“It’s post-punk for the Snapchat generation” The New Yorker
“Shopping pack so much invention and joy into such narrow confines, the results are
perma-fresh. Lyrically, ‘Why Wait?’ is a paean to action and self-empowerment, cementing Shopping’s status as monarchs of the UK DIY pop underground.” - NME
ng intro biog“Shopping’s second album boasts speak-shout vocals, punk-funk bass lines, and clipped guitar riffs, all rendered with impressive precision and a retro-cool approach.” - 7/10 Spin
“Direct, smart, catchy, and extremely punk, Shopping is a band for our confusing times” - 7.6 - Pitchfork
Rattle is a Nottingham based drumming duo that focuses almost exclusively on drums and more drums, beneath a delicate overlay of vocal harmonies and percussive effects. Formed by Katharine Eira Brown (also of Kogumaza) and Theresa Wrigley (also of Fists), Rattle began as an experiment in crafting rich songs and melody using drums and voice alone. Their music weaves and intertwines post-punk, minimalism and experimental rock, through off-kilter rhythms, patterns and counter melodies. Their live performances are at once hypnotic, monastic and danceable. They wanted to find a band name that was onomatopoeic and Rattle fit perfectly. Their set-up remained roughly the same as from that very first rehearsal. The minimal framework meant that they had to use their imagination and think of different ways to create new songs using the same simple ingredients. They honed their sound live, with the drums set up facing each other which allowed a dramatic interplay between the players, lending a theatrical element to their performances.
Slumb Party are a five piece formed in Nottingham at the end of 2016. Joey (Vocals), Phil (Guitar), Dom (Bass), Nat (Saxophone) & Jess (Drums) got together with the one goal of making different music to anything of the previous bands they had been in.
They write danceable grooves with anxious energy and post-punk drive. Heavy on the Roxy Music sleaze and bursting with New wave hooks. Slumb Party have shared a stage with some of the most exciting bands around at the moment including Sleaford Mods, Thee Oh Sees, Shame, Sievehead, Duds and have just completed a co-headline tour with Manchester's Proto-Idiot. Their debut 7” will be released via German label Erste Theke Tontraeger in February with an album to follow later in the year with Drunken Sailor Records.
Sonic Masala is a musical polyglot that started in London as a music related blog in 2010. Since then it has branched out to being based in Australia where it also became a music promotion collective and record label, culminating in the yearly Sonic Masala Festival held in Brisbane every August. They are now based in Nottingham and have put on shows for the likes of Escape-Ism (USA), Good Morning (AUS), Jack Lee (AUS), Duds, Robert Sotelo and Casual Sect, with the focus on creating a warm and inclusive musical experience.
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