News

Paris Show Announced29th April, 2015

Tickets are now on sale HERE + further details.

“We’re not a heritage act” Glasgow Evening Times Interview29th April, 2015

“People will need to leave their preconceptions at the door, because we’re trying to mutate and change…There’s lot of young kids who just want to tick off seeing all these names from the past. That’s a bit anthropological – we’re a living, breathing species, not a heritage act.”

Read in full HERE

Tickets for the Glasgow show HERE

“Represent the Alternative” Hot Press Interview Mark Stewart28th April, 2015

“We have just been to The States, Australia and New Zealand and people are still coming to the shows!

We still seem to be very much flying the freak flag and it’s an honour to represent the alternative at the moment”

Read in full HERE

Tickets to the live show at Whelans, Dublin HERE

The Pop Group/Sleaford Mods Split 7″ Announced via Noisey22nd April, 2015

We’ve been waiting to reveal this for a while.

Noisey report the next release on Freaks R Us, a split 7″ with Sleaford Mods.

Mark Stewart and Jason Williamson offer their thoughts:

The Pop Group on Sleaford Mods: ”Dispensing verbal street justice, Sleaford Mods are the best band since The Clash. Them and the Grime Merchants are telling it as it is, like ‘The Message’ by Grandmaster Flash for the British Projects, the real new town neurotics. The voice of the wind howling through the concrete canyons, these sink estate saviours sound like a suburban suicide as the sirens provide the soundtrack. Trained in urban warfare, Jason spits a thousand miles an hour against the cancer of politicians selling fake sincerity and kissing babies on their ghetto safaris. My mother was a pramface. THIS IS OUR REALITY.

Sleaford Mods on The Pop Group: ”Whenever a band comeback is announced the knives come out. Expecting The Pop Group to go away and age gracefully shouldn’t have even been on your cards. With the recent album they’ve danced around the cynics and sideswiped all expectations producing a classic record in the process. There’s no obvious rehash of any past glories, just a new twist deeper into the unexpected. Sager, Smith and Catsis can still outgroove people half their age. Mark Stewart’s voice booms above the beat decrying the global state with both valid paranoia and utter disbelief, which is best captured on “Nations” which features on this 7″. Like the Sleaford Mods track it simply asks: ‘What the fuck is going on?’. No-one ever has an answer.

Read in full and stream both singles HERE.

The Pop Group Influences via The Ransom Note21st April, 2015

Mark selects 10 influences that continue to inspire the band.

On Leo Ferre: “A friend of Jean Genet and Louis Aragon, Leo’s ‘sordide sentimentale’ soaked into The Pop Group’s most poetic, political side. Me and Gareth Sager (guitarist) swapped his albums constantly while making ‘Y’. Leo Ferre is by far the biggest influence on the band.

Read the selections in full and Mark’s thoughts on each HERE.

Ramsgate Date Announced16th April, 2015

Full details and tickets HERE.

The Pop Group Confirmed for Glastonbury15th April, 2015

The band were amongst the first wave announcement for this year’s Glastonbury festival.

Keep your eyes peeled (on this site/the band’s Facebook) for further details of when and where the band will be playing.

Record Store Day 201513th April, 2015

The Pop Group will release the Versions Galore EP for RSD 2015 (Saturday 18th April) Dubbed out instrumentals & rare edits from the Citizen Zombie LP, pressed on 180g White Colour vinyl.

Tracklisting & Artwork is as follows:

Side A
1. Zombie [Land]
2. The Immaculate

Side B
1. Shadow [Master]
2. Echelon [Instro-Mental]

More info from the Official RSD site HERE.

UK Tour 20157th April, 2015

In case you hadn’t heard, The Pop Group are embarking on a UK Tour next month & we’re excited to announce that fellow Bristolians Zun Zun Egui will be one of the support acts.

Stephen Mallinder (Cabaret Voltaire/Wrangler) and Phil Winter (Wrangler/Tunng) will also be in attendance, performing a DJ Set together on some of the dates.

Full confirmation of dates and support for each show:

Support for Dublin will be announced soon. Watch this space.

Tickets – thepopgroup.net/live/

The Pop Group Official Instagram6th April, 2015

Archive finds, glimpses backstage, colloborators, friends and daily happenings over at The Pop Group’s newly inaugurated Instagram.

Follow us HERE

Mark Stewart: How To Make A Comeback on BBC6 Music30th March, 2015

“Now really seems the time for Post-Punk to happen”

Mark interviewed for the Mary Anne Hobbs show, discussing reformation & more.

Listen HERE

Citizen Zombie Featured in MOJO’s May Compilation30th March, 2015

“Mark Stewart’s re-energised Bristol post-punk outfit reaffirm their position as uncompromising agit-pop provocateurs…

the album’s title track hisses with dissent and unconcealed rage at today’s herd-like mentality…”

MOJO on Citizen Zombie, one of fifteen ‘tracks of everyday British angst’ compiled for their ‘Modern Life is Rubbish’ CD, free with their May issue.

Live Set On WNYU 89.1 FM New York24th March, 2015

The band were interviewed & performed a live set for Dylan Ford’s New Afternoon Show.

Gareth Sager & Bruce Smith at Soundcheck, Bowery Ballroom, 17/03/2015 by Chiara Meattelli

Listen back HERE

“Hearing them today makes you wish bands that are half the Pop Group’s age would try harder.” Pop Matters Review The Show at Rough Trade Brooklyn23rd March, 2015

“Tonight, they brought enough raw energy to Brooklyn that the optimist in me wants to believe the Pop Group can influence a whole new wave of aspiring bands.”

Maria Schurr champions the band’s show at Rough Trade for Pop Matters.

Photo by Greg CristmanPhoto By Greg Cristman

Read in full

Tour Update #10 – Final Shows at SXSW22nd March, 2015

The band played their last shows of the US Tour over the weekend.

Here’s Bruce & Mark prior to the show at Hotel Vegas:

The mighty Hank Shocklee (of Bomb Squad/Public Enemy fame) even showed up to two of the shows:

Big thanks to everyone who came out, in Japan, Australia, New Zealand and the US. It was special.

The band are now recovering ahead of the UK Tour this May and Festival Dates this Summer.

Upcoming Dates & Tickets

Tour Update #9 – Arrival at SXSW19th March, 2015

We’ve arrived at SXSW! Catch us at the following shows:

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AUSTIN PSYCH FEST Levitation SXSW Showcase  – 10:45pm (RSVP)

Pop Montreal SXSW Showcase – 11:00 pm (RSVP)

Brooklyn Vegan SXSW Showcase (RSVP)

Brooklyn Vegan on the Rough Trade Show19th March, 2015

“Postpunk icons The Pop Group just rolled through NYC, playing two shows as part of their Citizen Zombie tour which is also their first full US trek ever. The first was at Rough Trade on Monday (3/16) and despite a late start, the band were in good form and spirits. Frontman Mark Stewart strode out on stage and immediately began spinning, literally winding himself up for the show where he almost never stopped moving…”

Brooklyn Vegan offer a few thoughts on the recent show at Rough Trade NY with pictures by Greg Christman.

Read in full HERE

The band will play at the BrooklynVegan free day party at Red 7 on Saturday (3/21).

More details & RSVP HERE.

Tour Update #8 – Thank You New York & SXSW18th March, 2015

Thank you New York for an incredible time and for two very special dates.

Here’s Mark procuring the best NY has to offer:

Next, we’re heading to SXSW for our final run of performances.

Hope to see you all there.

Details of our schedule HERE

In addition to those listed on the link, we’ll also be playing Brooklyn Vegan’s Free Day Party on Saturday March 21st.

More details HERE

Tour Update #7 – New York17th March, 2015

Mark outside Rough Trade NYC in Brooklyn ahead of the in store show.

Some photos of the show at LA’s Echoplex are also available to view HERE, courtesy of Losanjealous.

Tonight The Pop Group play their penultimate US tour date at the Bowery Ballroom.

Tickets available HERE

Tour Update #6 – San Francisco12th March, 2015

Gareth outside San Francisco’s Great American Music Hall prior to last night’s show.

The tour continues in Seattle tonight at Neumos.

Tickets:

thepopgroup.net/live/

“Appetite For Destruction” MOJO’s Mark Paytress Interviews The Pop Group12th March, 2015

“Having defined post-punk’s genre-mashing insurgency, The Pop Group splintered in a blizzard of free jazz and CND leaflets.

But now they’re back, with Bowie, GCHQ and U2′s producer in their corner, ‘The Mutants are taking over!’ they tell Mark Paytress.”

An extract:

     Read in full via our online archive HERE

Tour Update #5 – More From LA12th March, 2015

 Mark poses for an opportune shot during the band’s session for the Part Time Punks Radio Show & an extract from Mark’s Lyric Book

(Courtesy of the PTP Instagram)

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A live shot from the amazing show at LA’s Echoplex later that evening:

Thanks LA!

Next up, Neumos in Seattle. Tickets:

thepopgroup.net/live/

“Gareth Sager Talks Freak Heat Waves’ Bonnie’s State of Mind” Gareth’s Article for The Talkhouse11th March, 2015

“I also strongly believe that if, when writing or playing new material, you don’t want to rip your emotions and body parts from preconceived structures as if you’re on fire, then you should not have bothered attempting any musical contribution in the first place. This is the backdrop upon my receiving Freak Heat Waves’ Bonnie’s State of Mind and approaching it from the outside in.”

Gareth shares a few thoughts on the new LP from British Colombians Freak Heat Waves.

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Read in full HERE

Tour Update #4 – Part Time Punks Session & LA Tonight10th March, 2015

In session for the Part Time Punks Radio Show on KXLU 88.9 FM ahead of the show at LA’s Echoplex tonight, the first of our US Tour.

Support comes from the wonderful Peaking Lights.

Tickets – thepopgroup.net/live

“I live off change” LA Record Interview9th March, 2015

David Cotner Interviews Mark for the LA Record ahead of the Live show at the Echoplex tonight

(Tickets – thepopgroup.net/live)

(Illustration by Luke McGarry)

Read in full HERE

Tour Update #3 – From Sydney to Melbourne9th March, 2015

Another incredible show, this time in Sydney. Thanks to those who came.

In Melbourne with the mighty Neneh Cherry.

Thanks for a great welcome Australia.

Our US Tour kicks off tomorrow with a show at Echoplex with Peaking Lights.

thepopgroup.net/live/

“See how many heads this snake grows before you try to control it” theartsdesk Q&A with Mark Stewart7th March, 2015

Mark talks to theartsdesk about a plethora of topics

“suedeheads, semiotics, Roxy Music, William Blake, the return of the Pop Group and much more”

Read all HERE

Tour Update #2 – Adelaide & Sydney6th March, 2015

A shot from the show at Adelaide Festival:

(Credit – Tom Way Army)

Onwards to Sydney!

Hope to see you all at one of our upcoming shows:

thepopgroup.net/live/

Beat Magazine Feature6th March, 2015

Cassandra Kiely gives an incisive analysis of Citizen Zombie & Interviews Mark in Melbourne’s Beat Magazine.

 

“With a political and social conscience, The Pop Group continue to provoke; further establishing their relevance as one of the most significant bands of post-punk and of today.”

 

 

Read all HERE

Live Session & Interview at Radio National Australia, The Inside Sleeve Show5th March, 2015

The Pop Group perform two live tracks for Paul Gough’s Inside Sleeve Show

& Mark talks about the importance of adolescent humour to punk, deconstuctive production techniques and reflects on the state of things.

LISTEN HERE

Tour Update #1 – Tokyo & Auckland3rd March, 2015

Heartfelt thanks to those of you in Tokyo who made it out to the live show at Liquid Rooms. The atmosphere was amazing.

(photo credit – Mikiko Ksn)

We’re now looking ahead to Auckland and our show at the Kings Arms tomorrow night.

Tickets & details HERE.

“Have the Pop Group finally become a pop group?” The Guardian on the history and the return of The Pop Group + Exclusive Live Session27th February, 2015

The Guardian’s Paul Lester charts the history of the band and speaks to Mark Stewart, Gareth Sager and Paul Epworth about their undiminished influence and their long awaited return.

READ HERE

& watch an exclusive live performance of ‘Echelon’, the closing track of Citizen Zombie.

The Needle Drop Gives Citizen Zombie 9/1026th February, 2015

Anthony Fantano of the esteemed video blog The Needle Drop gives an impassioned, entertaining review of Citizen Zombie.

Click on the image below to hear what he made of it.

More video content via The Pop Group Official Youtube

Citizen Zombie Album of The Week – MOJO26th February, 2015

MOJO’s Andrew Perry on Citizen Zombie:

“…the post-millennial Pop Group are engaging, galvanizing, and far from unlistenable in its ongoing fusions of Afrobeat, funk and dub.”

More from our archive HERE.

Citizen Zombie Album of The Week – The Scotsman25th February, 2015

“Citizen Zombie exists to be played loud & liberating…”

The Scotsman with some sound advice in their album of the week review of Citizen Zombie. Read in full below.

For more on recent reviews, interviews and features head to our archive.

Citizen Zombie Album of The Week – The Independent25th February, 2015

The Independent give Citizen Zombie the album of the week accolade, read what they thought in full below:

“The band’s signature mode of deviant funk, with dub effects and tangled guitar distortion wielded with razoring disregard for polite taste, is still disconcerting and the focus of their anger is still sharp, albeit refracted through allegory and apocalypticism…”

& read more recent interviews, features and reviews HERE.

Citizen Zombie Album of The Day on BBC 6Music24th February, 2015

Tune in to hear selections throughout the day.

Marc Riley will also be featuring the band from 8 – 8.30 tonight, with an interview and live tracks from the band’s performance at the 6Music Festival.

LISTEN HERE

Citizen Zombie Out Today23rd February, 2015

The day has arrived.

Citizen Zombie

(Download, CD + Post Cards, 180g LP + Poster, Limited Ed 2CD Boxset inc. Patch & Art Cards)

 

Bleep / iTunes / Rough Trade / Amazon

 

Citizen Zombie Premiere Stream at FACT Magazine18th February, 2015

For those in the UK, a preview stream of the new album Citizen Zombie is now available over at FACT.

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LISTEN HERE.

Citizen Zombie Premiere Stream at NPR Music16th February, 2015

First listen of Citizen Zombie now available over at

NPR Music

Play it loud!

Dublin Date Announced15th February, 2015

The Pop Group are pleased to announce the latest addition to their upcoming UK Tour.

As well as Brighton, Norwich, London, Sheffield, Glasgow, Liverpool and Birmingham, the band will also be playing Whelans in Dublin on May the 4th.

Pop Group Dublin poster

Tickets & Further Details HERE.

Gareth Sager Pens Essays for Magnet and Q Magazine14th February, 2015

Gareth Sager offers up some thoughts on the history of national anthems for Magnet Magazine in:

‘Symphonies for The Devils’

& illuminates the links between music and sport by tracing kindred moments of inspiration. Iggy Pop & Eric Cantona, Jimi Hendrix & Johan Cruyff and of course The Pop Group & Mohammed Ali feature.

‘The Pop Group: Heavyweight champions of the (pop) world again?’

Another UK Tour Date Added13th February, 2015

Delighted to announce another UK date, this time at one of Birmingham’s finest; the 2015 edition of the Supersonic Festival.

Supersonic Festival 2015

Tickets and all the details you need HERE.

First Ever Show Announced for New Zealand12th February, 2015

The Pop Group will play New Zealand for the first time on March 4th at the King’s Arms Tavern in Auckland!

The Pop Group in New Zealand

Tickets and further details HERE.

UK Tour Announced for May 201511th February, 2015

The Pop Group will be embarking on a UK Tour this May.

Tickets are on sale this Friday from See Tickets or from our site HERE.

Confirmed dates and venues listed below.

UK Tour, May 2015

Come one and all!

Stereo Embers Review Citizen Zombie & Interview Mark Stewart10th February, 2015

“Anyone with any sense of this band’s history and the aesthetic ethics by which they operate, would never bet against the Pop Group. They have, again, shown the world how to win on your own terms.”

Stereo Embers Review Citizen Zombie

“It’s become an adventure I wasn’t expecting”

& Interview Mark Stewart

Crack Magazine Reviews Citizen Zombie8th February, 2015

“A glorious monstrosity of industrial dub and panicky pop…

These ballsy Bristolians are just as chaotic and system-defiling as they were when they first set the world on fire three decades ago”

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High praise from Crack Magazine, who gave Citizen Zombie 18/20 in a review featured in their latest issue.

Read in full.

Mark Stewart Talks, An Interview With Ransom Note5th February, 2015

My concept was that as there’s experimentation going on in the music it’s good to experiment with the lyrics and the context of the lyrics so I just constantly threw in snippets of information that I thought was relevant to me. People say ‘this is political’ or ‘this is poetic’ but for me it’s all the same thing.

Mark Stewart in an extensive and interesting interview with Ransom Note.

Read all HERE.

Gareth Sager & Mark Stewart on signing duty at Freaks R Us HQ4th February, 2015

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Signed Colour Vinyl Editions & Deluxe Box Sets are still available HERE but are strictly limited so be quick.

Thanks for all your support so far, hope to see you at one of our upcoming shows!

The Pop Group Announced as Headliners at the BBC 6Music Festival3rd February, 2015

The Pop Group will be playing on February 21st in Newcastle as part of the BBC 6Music Festival.

UK Tour, London 26/10/2014, by Chiara Meattelli.

They’ll be headlining The Cluny and partaking in a conversation with Marc Riley. More details HERE.

Hope to see you there!

‘Subvert & Survive!’