Late Night Shopping’ is the superb debut album from Manchester’s Autokat and also the first artist album for Manchester’s influential collective/label Akoustik Anarkhy (aA), who first introduced us to highly acclaimed
Manchester bands such as The Longcut, Nine Black Alps and Harrisons.
So, after nearly a decade of club nights and parties, the driving force of the rejuvenated sound of Manchester’s underground comes to a head with this album. Described by the band as a tense, turbulent album born from the paranoia of urban life and the hangover of too much partying. Add to that the influence of Wire, Magazine and The Chameleons and there you have it, ’Late Night Shopping’ is an indie-rock classic in waiting.
The album follows two 7" singles released over the last year to great acclaim from anyone who could get their hands on a copy. First single ‘The Driver’, with its infectious lyrical mantra, "To learn, to live, to love", was Single Of The Week at Rough Trade stores and in the Independent newspaper "angular artpunk at its best" 5/5. While second single - ‘Dish Out’, a slice of raw, energetic punk met with similar plaudits "These Mancunian scamps are just fantastic...they get
better and better with each listen." Guardian
The singles are accompanied by pulsating live favourites Fill Your Cup and Innocence which work their way under your skin with each listen. The album kick-starts with ‘Shot’ and ‘Seven Years’ (to be released as a double A-side single two weeks before the album) and while the album retains a level of intensity, instrumental tracks ‘Dealy’ and ‘Uber Patriot’ provide room to breathe.
The sound they achieve is both melodious and sinister, poppy yet dark and as NME put it: "Sleek’n’sexy post-rock with one foot firmly on the dancefloor.
- "Autokat are already able to realise the kind of intelligent post- Britrock sound that few others seem able to manage." The Independent
LP limited to 500 only.
1. Shot 2. Seven Years 3. Dealy 4. Dish Out 5. Get Of the Bar 6. Bowling 7. Innocence 8. Fill Your Cup 9. Uber Patriot 10. The Driver 11. Frantic Below
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