Shopping released their third album, The Official Body, earlier this year and it showed off a band not only at their creative peak but also at their most vital. The tracks remained as spiky, catchy, and politically-charged as ever and they also managed the neat trick of fusing their low strung, post-punk spirit with a mesmerising, exhilarating urgency.
It was a record that captured their live sound – the band have toured relentlessly in the years since their last record and this album really conjured up the thrills and spills of a sweaty mosh pit. Just listen to the brilliant, jagged funk of The Hype where they tell us “Don’t believe! Ask questions”. Luckily, with Shopping, it’s safe to believe the hype. Just be ready to get sweaty.