Noise punk — or whatever all-encompassing term you prefer — is nothing new. That said, any band that sounds like it's bursting with a desperate energy and has the inspiration and drive to engage inner turmoil head-on is always going to be relevant. Shoppers, from Syracuse, New York, embodies that spirit with music that recalls Unwound and Seven Year Rabbit Cycle, only with more of a leg in hardcore's headlong pace. The band's 2011 album, Silver Year, picked up where its previous two releases, 2010's Goodbye to All That and You Shot Me, and I Woke Up in My Next Life, left off, with even more adventurous sculpting of the seething emotions expressed through guitar, bass and drums into distinct songs.
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