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Following the release of their 2013 debut Consumer Complaints, and 2015’s follow up Why Choose, post-punk trio Shopping found themselves in an unrelenting cycle of touring, making their way across the UK, Europe, and the US.

Meanwhile, in London, Power Lunches, a hub for the city’s DIY scene and the band’s usual rehearsal and writing space closed down. Then their drummer, Andrew Milk, relocated to Glasgow, and the band could suddenly no longer spontaneously get together to practice or write. The distance added an element of pressure: “As a band that only ever writes collaboratively, it’s essential for us to actually be together in the room before any songs start to formulate. It can be a little daunting when we all turn up, and we only have an afternoon to pull a song out of thin air”.

Add to that a sprinkling of Brexit, Trump, a principally imploding world, and you’ve got yourself The Official Body— Shopping’s second album to be released on FatCat Records. Recorded over 10 days by Edwyn Collins at his Clashnarrow studio, The Official Body stays true to the minimal dance-punk ethos of Shopping’s previous releases, but seeks to "amp up the party vibe". Fans of earlier records will undoubtedly find this logical unfolding of their musical approach thoroughly satisfying.

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Barry says: Stomping lo-fi percussion, rolling bass and stabbing, vitriolic vocal lines mix into a dynamic, politically-charged whole. Brilliant fun and brilliantly made.

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Coloured LP Info: Indies Only White Vinyl

Coloured LP includes MP3 Download Code.

C Duncan

Wanted To Want It Too

    Glasgow’s prodigious talent C Duncan released his critically acclaimed and Mercury Prize nominated debut album ‘Architect’ last July, wrapping up an extremely successful first year with a headline tour and stunning sell-out performance at Union Chapel. Returning with new single Wanted To Want It Too, Duncan has delved into more expansive and experimental territories, blending electronic elements and sweeping synth sounds with his signature layered vocals and dreamy instrumentation.

    The new material was recorded and produced entirely by C Duncan in his Glasgow flat, using his bedroom studio set-up, gradually adding each layer and each instrument one at a time.

    “Towards the end of recording ‘Architect’ my production skills had developed, and I wanted to put them to the test on another record.I upgraded my home setup for 'The Midnight Sun' to give it a much cleaner sound. Unlike 'Architect', which was a big mix of different genres, the new album is much more coherent and concise sonically.”

    With a bigger new live show in tow, C Duncan has blossomed into a fully accomplished live artist. Having fast-tracked from playing basement venues alone to selling out 900 cap venues within a year, his live show has come on hugely. Now joined by a three-piece band, they provide the perfect backdrop for his hushed vocals and help execute the plentiful harmonies with mesmerising precision.

    Breathe Panel

    On My Way

      Childhood friends Josh Tyler & Harry Vick, convinced there was more to life after school than breeding chickens & growing onions, left Devon and moved to Brighton pursue music. It was there Josh met Nick Green, a transplant from Hertfordshire, and they began writing and recording together, combining their shared love of West Coast Americana, krautrock and drone music. The result is a lush yet dynamic indie rock, with strident guitars providing a counterpoint to soaring vocals. Breathe Panel's line up is completed by Harry on bass and drummer Benjamin Reeves, another recent arrival in Brighton.


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      Ltd 7" Info: Very limited (150 copies) indies only 7".

      Glasgow two-piece Honeyblood announce the release of their eponymous, debut LP. Recorded at legendary producer Peter Katis' Tarquin Studios (The National, Interpol) in just ten days last November, 'Honeyblood' is an accomplished and delightfully fierce record. "Peter was the perfect match for us," singer/guitarist Stina Tweeddale said of the recording. "He perfectly managed to capture our live performance in the studio." From the urgent guitar and dive-bomb drums of opener 'Fall Forever', the album twists through the gutsy punk of 'Killer Bangs', to reveal discordant anthems like 'Super Rat'. It has pared down alt pop gems in the likes of 'Biro' and 'No Spare Key', but also more country/folk influenced moments like, '(I'd Rather Be) Anywhere But Here', 'Braid Burn Valley' and 'Bud'.

      The band started from humble DIY beginnings, organising their own guerrilla show at The Old Hairdressers in Glasgow to commemorate the release of a raucous two-track cassette entitled, 'Thrift Shop'. Honeyblood quickly ingrained themselves into the bustling Glaswegian scene, fast becoming one of its most talked-about names and going on to play festivals everywhere from The Great Escape to their native T In The Park. But with their full-length debut ready to go, big name supports, and world tours locked, 2014 certainly looks to be the year with Honeyblood's name written all over it.

      "There are a tonne of wicked reference points to get excited about – a vague hint of The Vaselines, nice touch of Velvets two-chord simplicity and even bit of Moz (solo, circa 'Viva Hate') chucked in for good measure in the melody" NME

      "Sounding like something from a California dream." The Fader

      “Achieves special merit points, not just for its irresistibly perky two-minute popsmarts but for productively moving the post-White Stripes formula on in a way that many have tried and many more have failed to do.” MOJO



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