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New Album Ready to Pre-Order Via Pledge Music18th August, 2016

Dear Comrades

We’ve at last fulfilled a double fantasy to work with our two favourite sonic assassins, Dennis ‘Blackbeard’ Bovell and Hank Shocklee for the new Pop Group album! To help us control our means of production, fight corporate censorship & maintain freedom of speech, you can now pledge for exclusive bundles & formats, available on pre-order from PledgeMusic

We’re raising awareness for the amazing work of Mercy Ships & 25% of any profits will be going to this cause
Thank you all for your support & for making this double fantasy a reality.

Let the Freak Flag Fly.

Rough Trade’s 40th Anniversary – A Night of Collaborations at the Barbican Centre3rd August, 2016

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We’ll be playing a special one off colloborative show with Detroit’s finest post punk exponents Protomartyr as part of Rough Trade’s 40th anniversary celebrations.

Other acts on the night include John Grant + Wrangler and Scritti Politti + Alexis Taylor.

22nd October at the Barbican Centre.

Tickets on sale this Friday:

FB event: http://bit.ly/2axu7f8

Back In The Studio With Dennis Bovell & Hank Shocklee26th July, 2016

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Consequence of Sound break the news that we’re working on a new record:

“We’ve at last fulfilled a double fantasy to work with our two favourite sonic assassins, Dennis ‘Blackbeard’ Bovell and Hank Shocklee,” the band’s Mark Stewart tells Consequence of Sound. “We’re in awe as Dennis, the Captain Kirk of dub is taking us on a hyper sound voyage into the future, and Hank, as always tears up the rules totally upholding our faith in the absolute value of noise. We’ve gone completely off the map.”

Read the story in full HERE

Mark Stewart In Conversation With Spark Mag14th June, 2016

‘When the band broke up, we just sealed it. We kept and protected everything. There’s a five year plan of putting out stuff that’s interesting, recording new music, and playing all over the world. It’s a serious project we’re all into. I think we’re more into it now than we were as kids.’

Mark Stewart in conversation with Spark Mag touching on origins, politics & more

Read in full HERE

Out Today – The Boys Whose Head Exploded Picture Disc LP | CD + DVD | DL27th May, 2016

  • Previously unreleased live recordings from 1979/1980
  • Newly uncovered live rarities including Shake The Foundations and unreleased song 73 Shadow Street
  • 1980 Alexandra Palace Live Footage from the Don Letts Punk Rock Archives.
  • Picture Disc LP + DL (including Film Footage + LP Audio)
  • CD + DVD + Limited Edition Poster

ORDER / STREAM VIA ROUGH TRADE, AMAZON, SPOTIFY

VINYL, CD, TEES & TOTES VIA THE POP GROUP SHOP

The Vinyl Factory Preview The Boys Whose Head Exploded Picture Disc LP27th May, 2016

More details and photos courtesy of VF HERE.

Gareth Sager on The Vinyl District’s First Date Series26th May, 2016

“We are talking Scotland in the early 1960s when one of the best things in the world was loading up the Dansette record player with a stack of 7-inch 45 rpm singles to see how many it could play…”

In full HERE.

Louderthanwar give The Boys Whose Head Exploded 9/1015th May, 2016

“It stands alone as an important historic piece of music”

Read in full HERE.

Dangerous Minds Premiere Never Before Seen 1980 Footage + Live Mutation of Shake The Foundations20th April, 2016

Dangerous Minds are currently hosting The Pop Group’s live mutation of ‘Shake The Foundations’ performed in Cologne from 1980, along with live footage filmed by Don Letts at Alexandra Palace the same year

STREAM/WATCH HERE:

http://bit.ly/1YIyVOc

Both feature on the new archival compilation ‘The Boys Whose Head Exploded’, available to pre-order now via our Pledge Campaign:

http://pmusic.co/VeKxzB

Our new official bootleg release The Boys Whose Head Exploded11th April, 2016

The Boys Whose Head Exploded, our official bootleg capturing the raw & feral energy of The Pop Group at the time…rough and tough right up to the moment when we exploded.

STREAM We Are All Prostitutes Live in Milan, 1980

+ full details & tracklisting via Consequence of Sound

Pop Matters give 9/10 Review to For How Much Longer18th March, 2016

“They played by their own rules and created something unlike anything else that could be heard at the time, and now the album has been reissued to a musical climate that has gone three and a half decades without seeing anything else like it.”

Read their take in full HERE.

Watch The Pop Group Q&A at Rough Trade East14th March, 2016

Mark & Gareth in conversation with Mark Fisher and Kodwo Eshun discussing ‘For How Much Longer Do We Tolerate Mass Murder?’:

“Regarded as a lost classic, it’s not hard to see why it has achieved legendary status.” Clash Mag Review For How Much Longer24th February, 2016

In full HERE

NOISE SET Live at BBC 6 Music Festival22nd February, 2016

(Photo by Vicky Grace)

‘The walls shook…’

Gideon Coe on our NOISE SET slot with Geoff Barrow, as played on his show on Monday (15th) & Thursday (18th)

Stuart Maconie also featured a few choice selections on his ‘Freaky Side of the 6 Music Festival’ show

Listen in on Friday afternoon (26th) for the set in full.

Vinyl Factory Unpack For How Much Longer & We Are All Prostitutes17th February, 2016

(Photography by Michael Wilkin)

‘A radical manifesto for the deconstruction of the establishment, skewered on the continuing horrors of Pol Pot’s Khmer Rouge regime in Cambodia, The Pop Group’s 1980 album For How Much Longer Do We Tolerate Mass Murder? was one of the ’80s great ‘lost’ albums.

Released on their own Y label through Rough Trade, it celebrated antagonism and action, the title track proclaiming “Tolerance is a mark of apathy”. A riot of abrasive post-punk, free jazz and funk, shot through a dubbed-out haze (as heard most brilliantly on the Dennis Bovell-produced ‘We Are All Prostitutes’), the record was like a starter kit for street protest, with tracks titled like resistance anthems and a set of posters that read like placards, ready to be held aloft on the picket lines of Thatcher’s England…

Nestled at the heart of the damning script which hails capitalism is “the most barbaric of all religions” is the phrase “Our children shall rise up against us / Because we are the ones to blame”. Now able to own a copy, this reissue will put For How Much Longer Do We Tolerate Mass Murder? into the hands of those children, who will struggle not to draw parallels.’

READ IN FULL / CHECK OUT THEIR GALLERY HERE

The Pop Group On NTS / 19.02.201615th February, 2016

Gareth played some records for NTS on Friday (the 19th)

Listen back here

For How Much Longer/We Are All Prostitutes Pledge Campaign Goal Reached11th February, 2016

Thanks to those who pledged! Orders will be despatched this week.

There are still a few days left.

Last remaining vinyl, bundles, T-Shirts and lyric sheets are available HERE

The long lost video of We Are All Prostitutes finally unearthed10th February, 2016

Shot at the Electric Ballroom in November of 1979 when the single was originally released, the previously unseen video was recently unearthed from the attic of video maker Chris Reynolds.

FACT Premiere Lost Video to We Are All Prostitutes / Mark Fisher on The Pop Group’s enduring radicalism8th February, 2016

‘The debates provoked by For How Much Longer rehearsed some of the disputes over aesthetics and politics that had exercised revolutionaries throughout the twentieth century. Was the message the most important thing, or was it formal innovation that made artworks revolutionary? The remarkable thing about For How Much Longer is that it refuses to choose.’

WATCH /READ IN FULL HERE

The Pop Group In Conversation with Kodwo Eshun & Mark Fisher at Special Q&A2nd February, 2016

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‘The Pop Group’s ‘For How Much Longer Do We Tolerate Mass Murder’ was one of the most challenging records of the post-punk era. The album and its reception reflected the fraught debates about the relationship between music and politics which convulsed post-punk, and which continue to haunt us now. 

This unique event will begin with a playback of ‘For How Much Longer Do We Tolerate Mass Murder?’, and the single ‘We Are All Prostitutes’. After the playback, discussion of the album will be led by Kodwo Eshun (the Otolith Group, author of More Brilliant Than The Sun: Adventures in Sonic Fiction) and Mark Fisher (author of Capitalist Realism and Ghosts Of My Life), who will be joined by Mark Stewart and Gareth Sager of The Pop Group.  Was ‘For How Much Longer …’  ever properly heard in 1980, and what can it tell us about our current moment?’

Monday February 22nd, Rough Trade East, 7pm.

A Punk London Event

Full details HERE

The Signing Has Begun…1st February, 2016

The signing of ‘We Are All Prostitutes’ Limited Colour Edition.
Thank you everyone for all your pledges and making this dream a reality.
Not long to go till release day now!

Last few pre-orders available HERE.

Avon New Wave: Mark Stewart on Bristol’s secret New Wave Heritage31st January, 2016

Mark discusses Bristol’s punk and new wave scene with BBC6 Music’s Gideon Coe.

Listen back HERE.

‘We were throwing everything at people’ : The Making of We Are All Prostitutes21st January, 2016

Mark, Gareth, Bruce, Dan and Dennis Bovell trace the genesis and context surrounding the band’s second single in the March issue of Uncut.

Grab a copy to read in full.

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 Signed & Bundled Prostitutes Colour 7″ Vinyl available via Pledge.

The History of Bristol’s Musical Underground: Mark Stewart In Conversation With Gilles Peterson20th January, 2016

Tune into Gilles Peterson’s 6 Music show this Saturday at 3pm (UK time) where he’ll be discussing the city’s musical heritage with Mark and Janine Rainforth of Maximum Joy amongst many others.

Listen HERE

For How Much Longer Do We Tolerate Mass Murder CD Arrives19th January, 2016

For How Much Longer…on CD for the very first time

Exclusive bundles, limited colour vinyl, signed copies, & much more

via Pledge

Citizen Zombie at #8 in The Needle Drop’s Top 50 Albums of 201518th January, 2016

Anthony Fantano on Citizen Zombie: ‘An off the wall, obnoxious and very strange rock album…’

She Is Beyond Good & Evil included in The Vinyl Factory’s Dennis Bovell feature7th January, 2016

The Vinyl Factory penned a countdown of the dub maestro’s finest moments, including a nod to a certain debut single

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Angry, scratchy, spiky, uncomfortable: Bristol’s The Pop Group were a post-punk band with a fine line in agitation. They were also into Funkadelic, Miles Davis and dub, hiring Bovell to produce this, as well as their debut album Y. It’s a brilliant match, especially here; disco bass pumped up in the mix, low end emphasised; percussion existing in an echo space of its own; delays spooling off the edges. Perfect and an indicator of what was to come. Check out ‘3.38’ too… even more way out.

Read the article in full HERE.

For How Much Longer Do We Tolerate Mass Murder LP Arrives5th January, 2016

Here’s a glimpse of the LP set including one of the giant double sided artwork prints

Pre-order now via Pledge

Mark Stewart Self Portrait In this month’s Mojo4th January, 2016

“When we die…dreams survive. But I personally would like to be interned in the church of the wind with Lightning Bolt playing at the ceremony. I’m sure we’ll all be locked out of heaven anyway…”

Mark in his own words in this month’s (January 2016) issue of Mojo, as part of their Self Portrait editorial

Pledge Update – We Are All Prostitutes Limited Colour Vinyl16th December, 2015

MarkHi Everybody, my world’s gone pink, day-glo at that, the very limited repressing of We Are All Prostitutes has landed from the mothership!

Thanks to all of you for making this happen,

Love Mark x

Head HERE for more from the Pledge Campaign.

Citizen Zombie Included in Richard Williams’ Best of 201515th December, 2015

Renowned veteran scribe Richard Williams placed Citizen Zombie in his top twenty new albums of the year over at his Blue Moment blog.

Read the list in full HERE

Clenched Fists & Backstage Bandanas: Video Portrait Le Guess Who 20157th December, 2015

An artful video portrait of The Pop Group at LGW 2015 produced by Le Guess Who? & Volkskrant:

‘Poetry, politics, weird music’ 3Voor12 Interview Mark Stewart at Le Guess Who 201525th November, 2015

On The Pop Group past and present, and more besides.

The Pop Group reissue long awaited post-punk classics ‘For How Much Longer Do We Tolerate Mass Murder?’ & ‘We Are All Prostitutes’24th November, 2015

Pre-order Signed Copies (LP + CD), Ltd Colour Vinyl, T-Shirts, Lyric Sheets and more via Pledge Music

Out February 19th

‘The band have lost none of their power’ 3Voor12 On The Pop Group at Le Guess Who 201523rd November, 2015

3 Voor 12 ranked The Pop Group’s performance as their #1 choice Sunday pick at this year’s Le Guess Who Festival

Read in full HERE

(Photo by Atze de Vrieze)

The Pop Group in Rolling Stone’s 10 Best Things We Saw at Iceland Airwaves 201510th November, 2015

Veteran Rolling Stone great David Fricke on the band’s set:

“A booming funk of jutting staccato-guitar angles and founding singer Mark Stewart’s apocalyptic incantations, battered and propelled in a wind-tunnel-dub reverb. The current lineup, which features original guitarist Gareth Sager and drummer Bruce Smith, was an uncompromised revolt in its Airwaves debut, an improbable, magnetic coherence of Sager’s switchblade-treble figures, Stewart’s screaming sustain and the warrior dance running all the way from the 1979 single “She Is Beyond Good and Evil” to the forward turmoil on this year’s Citizen Zombie (Freaks R Us). “Thank you, Iceland!” Stewart roared after the closing stampede through the 1980 45 “Where There’s a Will, There’s a Way.”

Head HERE for the full list

(Photo by Erik Luyten)

Citizen Zombie Best Album of 2015 – Wall Of Sound & Vision9th November, 2015

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Citizen Zombie tops Wall Of Sound & Vision’s Best of 2015

Head HERE for the full rundown

S.O.P.H.I.A. Official Video6th November, 2015

One of Citizen Zombie’s most emphatic moments visualised

The Pop Group at Dismaland For Rolling Stone8th October, 2015

Billed as a ‘local band’ in a noise-accented incarnation, Mark Stewart and Gareth Sager made a surprise appearance at Banksy’s Bemusement Park Dismaland in September.

Mark shared his reflections on the park and The Pop Group’s performance (as well as his ‘holiday photos’) with the Rolling Stone.

In full HERE.

Call This Number! Live Stream Tonight24th September, 2015

Face to Face with a very ugly transgressive leisure
Maybe nothing is sacred
Nations of couch potatoes
Chained to their tv screens

Don’t sell your dreams…

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Call this Number! returns
with
THE POP GROUP
9pm tonight
Once only! – LIVE STREAM !
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Japan Winter Tour Announced23rd September, 2015

The Pop Group will play Japan in December including two nights in Tokyo at the duo Music Exchange and one night in Osaka at the Umeda Club Quattro.

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Those dates in full:

7/12 – duo MUSIC EXCHANGE, Tokyo

8/12 – duo MUSIC EXCHANGE, Tokyo

9/12 – Umeda Club Quattro, Osaka

Tickets on sale October 3rd HERE

The Pop Group To Play Exclusive Noise Set at Dismaland9th September, 2015

On Friday 18th September, alongside an amazing line up including Sleaford Mods, Savages & Geoff Barrow

More details HERE

November Dates Announced27th August, 2015

The Pop Group will play Iceland Airwaves Festival on the 5th of November, Week-End Festival in Cologne on the 20th, the Viet Cong-curated Sonic City weekender in Kortrijk on the 21st and will then head to Le Guess Who Festival in Utrecht on the 22nd.

Head here for more details and for tickets.

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Citizen Zombie in The Needle Drop’s Top 15 LPs of 2015 (So Far…)8th July, 2015

Anthony Fantano gave more plaudits to Citizen Zombie in a midyear rundown of his favourite albums of 2015:

“One of the most fearsome bands in post-punk…very colourful, weird, odd, but catchy and poppy at points”

“Magnificently Angry” International Times Review Falmouth Gig4th July, 2015

“This band are fantastic, and to see them once more in a small black room with seventy others is beyond belief. The Pop Group will never be a pop group, but they deserve all the fame they can get, all the acclaim they deserve. Being magnificently angry and concerned 35 years on is no mean achievement; to play live like this is genius. Long live The Pop Group!”

International Times praise the recent gig at Mono in Falmouth.

Read in full HERE

“The phrase ‘worth the wait’ has seldom been more salient.” Citizen Zombie in Stereo Ember’s Top 20 Albums of 2015 So Far2nd July, 2015

Dave Cantrell, Senior Music Editor at Stereo Embers, lists Citizen Zombie as his second favourite album of the year so far.

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Read the entry in full HERE

Live In Session for Xposure With John Kennedy on XFM1st July, 2015

Tune in 10pm GMT

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“One of the most astonishing gigs I’ve ever seen” Louderthanwar Review The Pop Group at Glastonbury30th June, 2015

John Robb finds the band in world beating form at their Crow’s Nest Gig for Glastonbury 2015.

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Read in full HERE.

Glastonbury 2015 – The Pop Group on John Peel Stage, Saturday 27th!25th June, 2015

First Preview of Bella Freud/The Pop Group Knitwear Design25th June, 2015

After her famed Allen Ginsberg creation (‘Ginsberg is God’) Bella Freud has chosen The Pop Group as her next design subject.

Here she is wearing Mark’s gigantic one.

Available in the shops soon.