Shopping + nunofyrbeeswax + Agente Costura at West Germany / Saturday, 08.12.2018
Shopping formed in early 2013 by members Rachel Aggs (guitar), Billy Easter (bass) and Andrew Milk (drums).. They pull from a well of 70’s post-punk with a voraciousness seldom seen these days, bringing to mind the jagged aggression of Gang of Four, the voracious yelp of The Slits and the dance inducing thrust of Delta 5 and ESG, though as Pitchfork reminds, “they never sound dated or like a carbon-copy, a testament to the group’s songwriting abilities.”
Nunofyrbeeswax write and play a bunch of pop songs as raw as their hearts in a minimal set up. Their sound has been described as an idiosyncratic blend of garage rock, post punk and “proto-indie” for whatever that means. Their music escapes easy associations, however, they have reminded audiences of bands such as Half Japanese, the Velvet Underground, The Ex, The Fall, Beat Happening, B52s and The Cramps. “Writing music as simple, unpolished, and stripped down as they come, they fuse garage beats with surfy guitars geared to melting your melancholic
bones.” (Digital in Berlin)
Performed with industrial machines turned into noise boxes, Agente Costura’s surprising improvisations are based on the act of sewing, the repetitiveness of an amplified machine overlayed with the melodic features from toy instruments and bells, all combined within a thrilling visual performance. She plays solo and in different constellations of artists, musicians, dancers, and curious audiences.
(Photo: CJ Monk)