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Hey remember that time in the early / mid-noughties when loads of bands suddenly started citing Gang of Four as a big influence? I do. It was a really good time. In the space of a few years The Rapture, Liars, Radio 4, Bloc Party, Franz Ferdinand, The Futureheads and Maximo Park all released debut albums that, like GoF in their prime, scored multiple direct hits on both head and feet. For a brief and (IMHO) glorious time, post-punk was inescapable. And then it went away again, and some other bands came along who sounded like CSN and were very serious and sang about girls wearing coats in the snow. Those bands were not as easy to dance to.

Shopping clearly remember that time as well as I do, and with their second album Why Choose, their first for Fatcat Records, make a serious bid to reclaim those heads and feet. The album cover features hands extending towards the listener, urging them to join; their songs have titles like 'Why Wait' and 'I Have Decided'. This is, you'll have guessed already, music to move to immediately. Not that you'll have much say in the matter; involuntary rhythmic twitching can and will occur while listening.

With Why Choose Shopping have clipped and refined even further the sound they established on 2013's (self-released, highly coveted) Consumer Complaints. Particularly strong this time around are Rachel Aggs' prickly precision lead guitar lines and the deadpan vocal delivery of drummer Andrew Milk. Though the record as a whole is phenomenal, there's a particularly toothsome middle third, the highlight of which is 'Say It Once's thrilling shift into top gear. It happens so smoothly that you barely notice that the band are attacking the top end of everything - until they lock seamlessly back into the groove established earlier in the track. They pull off the same trick again later on 'Sinking Feeling' to equally powerful effect. This is a band that prides itself on a seemingly simple dynamic, which is actually very difficult to pull off; that they manage it apparently without effort is remarkable. And they are just as interesting lyrically too, making smash-and-grab raids on consumer culture, identity, body image and boredom - treating all of these ostensibly right-on subjects with a wholly refreshing ferocity and candour.

Seeing as I've mentioned so many other bands in this piece already, I might as well chuck in The Au Pairs, ESG, Wire and A Certain Ratio as impeccable touchstones from post-punk's golden era. Not that Why Choose is an exercise in nostalgia; that's not what Shopping are about at all. Their attitude is simply too propulsive, too forward-thinking, too urgent to spend even a second looking back.

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