30 seconds interview: Shopping

Shopping

East London trio Shopping have perfected a tight, thrifty brand of post-punk that wouldn’t sound out of place in Thatcher’s Britain.

Their music effortlessly evokes the spirit of The Slits, Raincoats and ESG with low slung basslines and spiky melodies. But best of all, they sound like they’re having a riot.

Formed in the dank, dark basement of Dalston’s Power Lunches venue/rehearsal space, Billy Easter, Andrew Milk and Rachel Aggs have spent the last two years on a touring spree, winning fans from Bradford to Berlin.

Other happy customers include post-punk stalwart Marc Riley, who recently recorded a session with them for his BBC 6 Music radio show.

Their first album, Consumer Complaints, introduced the band to the world last November, and is well worth tracking down.

It’s a 13-track trolley dash down the aisles of primitive post-disco, reminiscent of likeminded trio Prinzhorn Dance School or Rachel’s former band Trash Kit.

Catch them in action on Friday 18 April at The Windmill, Brixton, before they head out on a European tour.

We first started writing music because…
We all love music; it’s a huge part of all our lives. It’s a really positive creative outlet.

We have been making music since…
We have all been in other bands for a number of years before Shopping but the three of us got together to form Shopping in November 2012.

Our music is…
Propulsive basslines, primitive disco-not-disco drums and guitar lines sharp as broken glass. Our debut LP Consumer Complaints was released November 2013. We’re fully entrenched in the vibrant UK DIY community and are all about being as productive and creative as possible.

You’ll like us if you listen to…
Gang of Four, ESG, PiL, Delta 5, Au Pairs.

Our favourite venue is…
Power Lunches on Kingsland Road. It’s where we practice, record and play a lot of shows. It’s a really great creative hub for DIY musicians.

Music is important because…
Because life wouldn’t be worth living without it!

Our biggest inspiration is…
We each have a plethora of influences but if we had to name one as a group it would have to be Tina Turner. Her greatest hits are always on heavy rotation in the tour van.

Our dream collaboration would be…
So difficult for us to all agree on one! PiL/ESG/TINA!!

To try us out, listen to our song…
Long Way Home.

If we weren’t making music we’d be…
International jewel thieves.

In 10 years time we want to be…
Recording our 10th album.

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