After releasing ‘The Hype’ – their first new music since 2015’s ‘Why Choose’ – Shopping have announced details of their new album!
‘The Official Body’ is due on 19th January through FatCat Records. It’s a record that the band says seeks to “amp up the party vibe” but also tackles some weighty topics amidst the minimal dance-punk. Describing the sense of disorientation around the album, vocalist Rachel Aggs said: “We’ve always felt like what we do is political in that it’s cathartic and healing in some way, but at some point it just felt like making ‘political’ music was a bit like putting a tiny band aid on an enormous wound”.
As well as announcing the LP, the band have also shared a pool party-centred new video for ‘The Hype’, saying about the track: “It’s a wake up call to action that says don’t believe everything you hear, always question what’s presented to you and don’t just sit around and think about making change before it’s too late”.
Rachel adds: “But it’s also a party song! We liked offsetting the serious, dead-pan lyrics with the relaxed yet self-assured funk of the song itself, we had a lot of fun writing it - it has a guitar solo and everything! I always wanted to do a song with a drum and bass breakdown section where the guitar drops out too, I find that part so satisfying”.
Shopping are set to head out on a UK tour next month, which kicks off a mammoth European run. Tickets are on sale now.
Watch the video for ‘The Hype’ and see all of Shopping’s upcoming UK dates below.
06 Glasgow, Art School
07 Leeds, Wharf Chambers
08 York, Crescent
09 Cardiff, Gwdihw
10 London, Kamio
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Rachel Aggs says that the video “talks about labour and resources”.
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The track is the band’s first new material since 2015’s ‘Why Choose’.
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