Having introduced themselves to US audiences this past fall, East London trio Shopping have returned to North America this summer for a short run of shows. The band first played the Pinhook in Durham NC back in November and won over the crowd, creating a host of new fans. So, when Shopping returned to the Pinhook last week, they were welcomed back like old friends.
There was a huge smile on the face of frontwoman Rachel Aggs as the band took the stage and proceeded to play through a set culled from their first two albums with the focus leaning toward their most recent release, Why Choose. Their minimalistic post-punk pop flavored songs were played at a frenetic pace, with Aggs’ melodic and jangly guitar lines driven by the steadfast drumming of Andrew Milk and the chugging bass of Billy Easter. The interplay between the trio created a euphoric and infectious party vibe that was received with frenzied approval from the audience. Shopping turned the Pinhook into a primitive sweat-soaked dance party that literally had the floorboards bouncing under the rhythmic onslaught.
Starting the party were local Durham post-punk band Truthers followed by Washington, DC’s Gauche, which features members of Priests, and Downtown Boys.