Shopping accompany their new album Why Choose with this single, Straight Lines. The band’s sound comes from a rich lineage of angular post-punk, which is not to say they don’t sound fresh. You can alternately thrash and dance to their business, good stuff. 7” pressed to green vinyl, limited pressing!
8/10 Robin Staff review, 22 September 2015
It’s time to experience joy, because Shopping exist again, first at 45mph and later on one of those big records you could potentially hide your head behind. This trio play a very traditional type of post-punk, but it feels incredibly fresh, matured like old wine for the best results. Ahead of ‘Why Choose’, this 7” premieres “Straight Lines”, whose makeup is simple: an oscillating riff that automatically converts itself into a sick chord sequence as and when, a slick bassline, tight drumming and the kicker of three really good performers, singing special hooks from their respective corners -- one vocal climbs through stories endlessly, while the other kicks around a couple of self-contained mantras. That’s Shopping: are they lurking at the party or bringing its heart and soul? Both, I think?
Shopping don’t sound dated because they write so well: their songs are usually always going somewhere, climaxing by virtue of keeping an excitable riff or lyric going. The flipside on this 7” is fun because it sees them just fuck about, going nowhere, chanting randomly selected vocal intonations over a silly programmed beat. Shopping don’t often hypnotise -- they always sound like they’re going somewhere -- so it’s nice to get lost in this one. Cool life.
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