Shopping find a new sound on ‘Initiative’ ahead of their new record
With a huge new LP on the way next year, alongside some massive tour dates across Europe and North America on the horizon, it’s fair to say that the end of 2019 is shaping up nicely for angular art-punk gems Shopping. And now, to top it all off, we’ve only gone and made them our Track of the Day.
The new album All or Nothing arrives February 2020 and will see the band expand their viewpoint and address the mediocrity of modernity and the need to evolve. All the while providing a sound that is purposeful and positive yet utterly compelling for any non-left-footed among us.
While the band is now locationally further apart than ever, settling on two different sides of that famous pond, their music and voice feel more laser-focused than ever. New song and video ‘Initiative’ is a testament to that, by adding polish to their output they have crystallised the message.
Lead single ‘Initiative’ is a thumping and clumping bounce into the New Year. Introspective and observant at the same time the song is demanding and engaging from the very first sharp notes.
Taking on governments that shirk responsibilities and yet place the blame on individuals, the song has a frustrated and deeply angular groove that’s jarring and pulsating in equal measure. The accompanying video, directed by Jack Barraclough, is a poptastic and highly stylised affair starring the band themselves.
Four albums in, Shopping are as committed and focused as ever, regardless of any distance. “We found ourselves singing about being true to yourself, in an often binary and belligerent digital age, and reclaiming agency when it feels like our personal freedom and privacy is constantly eroding.”
Listen below to Shopping’s ‘Initiative’:
US / Canada (March – April):
w/ support from Automatic
5th March – Portland, OR @ Mississippi Studios 6th March – Seattle, WA @ Sunset Tavern 7th March – Vancouver, BC @ The Biltmore 9th March – Reno, NV @ Holland Project 10th March – San Francisco, CA @ Rickshaw Stop 11th March – Los Angeles, CA @ 1720 12th March – San Diego, CA @ UCSD 14th March – Tucson, AZ @ Club Congress (Spring Thing) 16th March – 21st March – SXSW 23rd March – Tallahassee, FL @ The Bark 24th March – Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade – Purgatory 25th March – Durham, NC @ The Pinhook 26th March – Washington, DC @ DC9 27th March – Philadelphia, PA @ Boot & Saddle 28th March – Brooklyn, NY @ Elsewhere 29th March – Portsmouth, NH @ The Press Room 31st March – Toronto, ON @ The Monarch
2nd April – Detroit, MI @ Deluxx Fluxx 3rd April – Fort Wayne, IN @ The Brass Rail 4th April – Chicago, IL @ Subterranean 5th April – Minneapolis, MN @ 7th Street Entry 7th April – St. Louis, MO @ Sinkhole 8th April – Lawrence, KS @ White Schoolhouse 9th April – Denver, CO @ Hi Dive 10th April – Salt Lake City, UT @ Kilby Court
5th May – London, UK @ The Lexington 6th May – Paris, FR @ Supersonic 8th May – Utrecht, NL @ ACU 9th May – Hamburg, DE @ Molotow (SkyBar) 10th May – Copenhagen, DK @ VEGA Ideal Bar 11th May – Berlin, DE @ Urban Spree 14th May – Vienna, AT @ Fluc Café 15th May – Prague, CZ @ Meetfactory 16th May – Munich, @ Milla 17th May – Bern, CH @ Reitschule/Rössli 19th May – Winterhur, CH @ Albani 21st May – Luxembourg, LU @ De Gudde Wellen 22nd May – Cologne, DE @ Venue TBA 23rd May – Offenbach, DE @ Hafen 2