Collective Concerts Presents
1197 Dundas Street West
Toronto, ON, M6J 1X3
Doors 8:00 PM
This event is 19 and over
Shopping formed in early 2013 by members Rachel Aggs (guitar), Billy Easter (bass) and Andrew Milk (drums).. They pull from a well of 70’s post-punk with a voraciousness seldom seen these days, bringing to mind the jagged aggression of Gang of Four, the voracious yelp of The Slits and the dance inducing thrust of Delta 5 and ESG, though as Pitchfork reminds, “they never sound dated or like a carbon-copy, a testament to the group’s songwriting abilities.”
The bands’ first few releases put out via their own MILK records in the UK consistently sold out within weeks, while Shopping juggled touring with repressing records to keep up with demand from record shops who couldn’t seem to get enough of their groove riding, tough talking, life-loving post-punk funk. Second album Why Choose was released on FatCat Records world wide in October 2015. The release coincided with the bands first US tour, and also sold out within a month of it’s release.
New album The Official Body was released 19th February via Fat Cat records, and has once again proved a sweeping success. Recorded over 10 days with the legendary Edwyn Collins of Orange Juice in the producer’s chair, the album retains Shopping’s minimal dance punk ethos while “amping up the party vibe”.
The band are tirelessly committed to taking their sound to new audiences and spreading the Shopping gospel, They have toured Europe eight times and completed three North American tours (two headline), securing impressive gigs along the way including main support for ESG and Gang Of Four.
Shopping’s gigs are incredibly fun and undeniably thrilling to watch. Their live shows are rallying calls to shake off the frustration, fear and self-doubt that can feel like an inescapable part of our culture. As the Quietus puts it “Live, the band emanates a self-assuredness and a commitment to contributing maximum joy to their audience”, encouraging dance as a shared cathartic release!