Shoppers are a couple ladies and a guy out of Syracuse, NY that have apparently spent a lot of time spinning records from past wall of noise aficionados in the not so distant NYC. And I mean that in the best of way, as their debut record Silver Year is a rubble reducing blast of incredibly dense noise-rock/punk. The syrupy thick doses of max effort distortion on the record greatly remind me of the under appreciated noise making unit Dustdevils who on many of their records created a very similar atonal type of sound while also working hints of melody that was audible at different levels/times throughout their records. Shoppers maintain this approach for all of the eight of the tracks, not letting up for even a second. To some this may sound like it would wear thin on their patience, but Shoppers play it smart and keep the songs strictly to the rock side of things and at a pace that leaves little time grow tired, although I have a feeling I wouldn’t anyway. They also do well by not acting out in a free noise type of way in that earlier Sonic Youth would with the nearly same style of music. I’m selling this short though probably, as this is some killer stuff. Do check it out.
Shoppers – VII
Last february, Shoppers released a split 7″ with Panzram, and then they drew apart. Yes. It’s absolutely outrageous and we hope they’ll start new musical projects soon.
Shoppers – I
Shoppers – II
Feeble Minds also recently released the excellent BROWN SUGAR “Sings of Birds and Racism” LP.