SHOPPING: THE OFFICIAL BODY

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        An overwhelming coolness oozing out of every basslick and drum hit, Shopping’s latest album release, The Official Body, has you helplessly tapping your feet and nodding your head along, whether you want to or not.

        Seconds into the almost four minute opener titled “The Hype,” I was, in fact, hyped for the rest of the album. This song alone had everything any listener could ask for: a killer bassline to start things off, and eventually met a verbal chant along the way. The phrase ‘Last Chance’ repeats over and over, and builds up a feeling of tension that begs for eruption; the kind of song that just makes you want to crash your car and set all your stuff on fire.

      Next up were songs “Asking for a Friend” and “Discover,” both of which gave off mega ‘80s vibes, similar to that of the Cure. This vintage feeling I attribute to the introduction of a synthesiser and some riffs so bodaciously bouncy they just might kill.

      It is no question Shopping is based out of London. Their sound is so New-Wave Post-UK-Punk you could have guessed just based off a five second clip. What sets the trio apart from other English acts, however, is their vocals. Different tones and tongue take every track, and when they are not singing melodically, overlapping dialogue and chanting keeps things interesting.

        One of the chants that really catches attention was ‘I know what I like, and I like what I know,’ during “Control Yourself,” giving off a perfect stubborn teenage impression.

        Maybe it is the disco-punk drum beats making my head bopping like Chris Kattan during Saturday Night Live’s I Wish It Was Christmas Today performance, or maybe it is the monochromatic outfit I currently sit in, but after listening to The Official Body,  it was kind of hard not to feel like a total badass.

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SARA WINDOM