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British Post-Punk Pioneers The Pop Group Announce a Passel of North American Tour Dates, Including a Stop at SXSW. Noisey US.19th November, 2014

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Noisey announce The Pop Group’s first ever North American tour:

“The Bristol, UK post-punk band that Melody Maker dubbed “one of the most important British bands of the 1970s” is heading to North America for the very first time. Formed in 1977, dead by 1981, and reformed in 2010, The Pop Group has weathered every trend that punk rock’s ever seen and come out the other side weirder and wilder than ever.” Read More.

The Oral History Of The Pop Group: The noisy Brits who were too punk for the punks. Rollingstone.com10th November, 2014

1979. Left to right: Bruce Smith, John Waddington, Simon Underwood, Mark Stewart and Gareth Sager. (Photo by Chalkie Davies/Getty Images)

“Nick Cave, who has described the Pop Group’s music as “unholy, manic, violent, paranoid and painful,” grafted their anarchic spirit onto the Birthday Party. They paved the way for Fugazi’s politicized dissonance, Massive Attack and Nine Inch Nails’ larger-than-life soundscapes, and the dancefloor-friendly art-rock moves of contemporary bands like Yeah Yeah Yeahs and Liars…”

Read more.

“Uncompromising, unnerving and brutal as ever. Long may it continue.” Drowned in Sound1st November, 2014

UK Tour, Nottingham 21/10/2014, by Shaun Gordon

“Songs like ‘Genius Or Lunatic’ and ‘Spanish Inquisition’ cut a fine line between polemic aggression and dancefloor hedonism, while the ingeniously titled ‘Amnesty International Report on British Army Torture of Irish Prisoners’ resonates as intently as its moniker suggests.”

DiS offer their thoughts on the Nottingham show which featured Sleaford Mods as support.

Read in full here.

“They set the night on fire in the most canonic way possible” – AAA Music @ Islington Assembly Halls30th October, 2014

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“mouthpiece of a rising musical disobedience with few equals”

AAA Music in their review of the London show at Islington Assembly Hall.

Read in full here.

Richard Williams Reviews the London Show28th October, 2014

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“One of the most important British bands of the 1970s, the gig provided evidence of their continuing relevance.”

Richard Williams in his review of the London Show at Islington Assembly Hall.

Read in full here.

 

Mark Stewart & Gareth Sager Pick Five Influential LP’s for Clash Mag23rd October, 2014

Mark Stewart and Gareth Sager listed five significant records for a ‘Foundations’ feature with Clash Magazine. As you’d expect the list is as interesting as it is diverse, running the gamut from garage grot to experimental jazz and highlighting great records both new and old.

See their choices in full here, along with a few words on why they chose them.

The Pop Group in first wave of acts for SXSW 201522nd October, 2014

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 The Pop Group will be performing in Austin, Texas for SXSW 2015.

Head here for the preliminary details.

Tokyo Live Date Announced for 201521st October, 2014

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After announcing a slew of Australian dates in March 2015, we can now reveal that The Pop Group will also be venturing Far East prior to that three date tour.

The band will play the Liquid Room in Tokyo on March 1st, next year.

Full details and tickets are available here.

 

Noisey Interview Mark Stewart & Premiere ‘Cabinet of Curiosities’ Stream20th October, 2014

“What people don’t understand about The Pop Group is that it’s very, very, very celebratory. We started off as a gang of mates taking the piss out of each other…”

Noisey interview Mark Stewart and chart roots, influences, a personal history of Bristol, and infiltrating the mainstream.

Read in full and stream ‘Cabinet of Curiosities’ in all its glory here.

And order the collection in CD / Digital formats here, as well as a few strictly limited 180g black vinyl editions signed by Mark Stewart & Gareth Sager.

First Ever Australian Tour Dates Announced17th October, 2014

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More exciting news. The Pop Group are to make their long overdue live debut in Australia.

The dates so far confirmed are detailed below:

March 5th – Adelaide Festival
March 6th – Sydney
March 7th – Melbourne

Full details and tickets available here.

The Line of Best Fit Review ‘Cabinet of Curiosities’ & ‘We Are Time’15th October, 2014

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A few choice quotes from The Line of Best Fit and their 9/10 review of ‘We Are Time’ and ‘Cabinet of Curiosities’:

“The Pop Group can walk that line between noise, melody and Nietzsche like no one else…”

“…will make you feel as if you have never fully considered the potentiality of pop music as space for experimentation.”

“…the unacknowledged legislators of the post-punk world”

Read in full here.

Mark Stewart Interviewed by Bristol University Paper Epigram13th October, 2014

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Ahead of this month’s homecoming show at the Ansom Rooms, Mark Stewart spoke to the Bristol University Newspaper about his own storied history with the venue, early experiences growing up in Bristol, activism, independence, and even an attempt to get Tony Benn to rap on a record.

Read in full here.

“A compelling snapshot of The Pop Group at their most direct” Quietus Review ‘We Are Time’ & ‘Cabinet of Curiosities’13th October, 2014

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The Quietus reveal their conclusion on ‘We Are Time’ & ‘Cabinet of Curiosities’.

Read in full here.

 

The ‘Curiosities’ Box Set Arrives9th October, 2014

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With just over ten days to go until the release of ‘We Are Time’ & ‘Cabinet of Curiosities’, the ‘Curiosities’ Box Set has finally arrived. Here’s a peek at the set with all the special extras.

The set is still available via Pledge here and via The Pop Group online shop here.

Once again, thankyou to all the Pledgers, we’ve now almost reached our target. For those of you who have yet to pledge, there’s still time, but be quick!

Record Collector Review The Pop Group & Interview Mark Stewart5th October, 2014

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The Record Collector verdict on ‘Cabinet of Curiosities’: “…one to make fans pulses’ race…it’s effectively The Pop Group’s great lost album” ****

& ‘We Are Time’: “…collates an impressively cohesive array of early live and studio tracks” ****

“…two astonishing archival collections…”

Read the review in full, as well as an interview with Mark Stewart here.

Both releases are still available to order in limited editions and exclusive bundles on Pledge, thanks to those who’ve pledged so far! They are also now available to pre-order via the online shop here.

Another Preview; ‘Cabinet of Curiosities’ Physical Copies29th September, 2014

With the recent reveal of the ‘We Are Time’ finished copies, we can now unveil the design of the ‘Cabinet of Curiosities’ CD edition:

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We’ve now reached over 80% towards the projected goal. Once again, heartfelt gratitude to everyone who has pledged so far. There are still limited colour vinyls, signed limited editions, VIP tickets, and plenty of other exclusives. Head here for more info on all the memorabilia available and to keep updated with the progress of the campaign.

Uncut Review ‘Cabinet of Curiosities’27th September, 2014

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“The ecstatically furious last single, ‘Where There’s A Will’, turns up for the first time in a few years, while a couple of hitherto unreleased songs – “Abstract Heart” and “Karen’s Car”, both live – show that their fissile blend of hectoring, skronk and groove could have been sustained a good deal beyond 1980…”

The Uncut review of ‘Cabinet of Curiosities’, read in full here.

Pre-order the collection in limited edition colour vinyl and in various exclusive bundles via Pledge, or pre-order from our online shop here and get ‘Where There’s A Will’ as an instant download.

Arrival of ‘We Are Time’ Physical Copies24th September, 2014

With 20 days left, and having reached over 75% towards the projected goal, The Pop Group can now reveal the first glimpse of ‘We Are Time’ physical copies. On CD for the first time, here’s how the package will look:

Finished Copy of 'We Are Time' CD

Thanks to all the Pledgers who have contributed so far! There are still lots of exclusive bundles available, including signed colour vinyl formats, VIP tickets, deluxe box sets, t-shirts, an exclusive art poster and plenty more. Head to the Pledge page here for more info on all of the memorabilia available and to keep updated with all the latest from the campaign.

“Nobody turned tricks like The Pop Group…” Wire Review ‘We Are Time’ & ‘Cabinet of Curiosities’17th September, 2014

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“Every song on ‘We Are Time’, up to and triumphantly including the title track, was a delicious shock to the nervous system, with US minimalism, bubblegum, jazz, Afrobeat, existentialist chanson, and reggae all wired in…Nobody turned tricks like The Pop Group…”

The Wire’s verdict on ‘We Are Time’ & ‘Cabinet of Curiosities’, head here to read in full.

Dangerous Minds interview Mark Stewart12th September, 2014

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“The Pop Group began in Bristol, UK, in 1978, and established a niche all to themselves with an unabashedly abrasive ruckus of No Wave and free jazz noise, punk’s ethos of confrontation, and a rhythm section devoted to dub and straight-up funk. Atop all that, singer Stewart chanted far-left declamations in a voice that lurched without warning from warble to shriek. The effect of this melee could be caustic, disorienting, and exhilarating…The Pop Group’s albums…have, in the USA, at least, been only intermittently available and sometimes ridiculously expensive to obtain, so the news of impending reissues is most welcome…”

Read the interview in full here, which covers everything from the early days to the exciting plans for reissues and new material.

Limited colour vinyl editions of ‘We Are Time’ & ‘Cabinet of Curiosities’ revealed8th September, 2014

An update to whet the appetites of vinyl junkies; a preview of the red & white 2-colour 180g heavyweight vinyl of ‘We Are Time’, one that will feature a vibrant, psychedelic gloss unique to each copy.

The ‘Cabinet of Curiosities’ colour 180g heavyweight vinyl edition will come in a solid monochrome grey.

Signed copies for each are exclusively available via Pledge Music. Head here to pre order and for more exclusive memorabilia and updates.

The Quietus Premiere ‘Where There’s A Will’3rd September, 2014

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‘Where There’s A Will’, the first track to be released from the rarities collection ‘Cabinet of Curiosities’, has received the visual treatment courtesy of New York artist, Rupert Goldsworthy. The video is now showing on The Quietus. Here’s what they had to say:

“From ‘Cabinet…’, we’ve got a first look at a new video for compilation opener ‘Where There’s A Will’, originally released on a split 7″ with The Slits in 1980. The video draws on footage of the band playing the song on a Belgian TV show, which NY visual artist Rupert Goldsworthy has twisted into an X-ray inversion. Says Pop Group frontman Mark Stewart of the track: “MASSIVE RESISTANCE is what ‘Where There’s A Will is about and in this age of hyper anxiety and scorched earth it’s as relevant as ever to quote myself, the lyrics at the end say ‘and if we must die let it be like hogs…our backs against the wall… but fighting back’”.

Head here to view the video in full.

An Archive Discovery – our latest Pledge Campaign update27th August, 2014

A recently unearthed picture of Gareth Sager from The Pop Group’s final show in Helsinki, 1980. The new compilation ‘Cabinet Of Curiosities’ includes the previously unreleased song ’Karen’s Car’ which was recorded at this show. Gareth reflects on the track: “appropriately our final stand with just Stewart, Sager, Smith and Waddington left. This is the sound of paranoia, groove and noise at its height.”

Head here to keep up to date with all the latest from The Pop Group Pledge campaign.

The Pop Group want to meet The Pledgers21st August, 2014

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We’ve now reached almost 40% towards our goal. Thanks to the comrades who have donated so far.

Last week we added another addition to the store, a chance to meet the band at soundcheck on any of the dates of their October UK tour:

“We would love to meet some of you guys who are making it all possible. Come and have a few drinks at the soundcheck, get a surprise and come for the gig later. ONLY 6 at Each Show, sorry!”

Head here to order your VIP ticket, and for more exclusive memorabilia.

‘Colour Blind’ premiered on Vice / Noisey US!18th August, 2014

“Combining funky basslines, dry drums high in the mix, and guitars like broken shards of glass, The Pop Group’s post-punk approach was not so far removed from names like Gang of Four, The Contortions and others. Danceable yet chaotic, melodic yet abrasive, the Pop Group did a lot of damage during their initial two year existence, influencing legions to come.

Four years after their initial reunion, The Pop Group are readying a slate of reissues, including their 1980 compilation We Are Time. The record, originally available via Rough Trade, recounts the band’s earliest days and includes the fan favorite “Colour Blind,” given the official video treatment 36 years after it’s initial release.

Order your copy of the excellent We Are Time via iTunes today, and download “Colour Blind” instantly.”

The Pop Group Pledge Campaign Update13th August, 2014

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Thanks to all the comrades who have pledged so far. The campaign has now exceeded the 20% mark.

The latest update from Mark:

“Hi all Pledgers, here’s some lacquer porn for you! Some amazing pics of Nick @ Fluid cutting the vinyl which is sounding as heavy as hell! All you vinyl junkies clean your needles! Everything is ship shape and Bristol fashion! Mark x”

Head here for more pictures from the cutting lab, limited, exclusive memorabilia and all the latest on the progress of the campaign.

The Pop Group Official Youtube Channel9th August, 2014

We’ve now set up an official Youtube channel where everything Pop Group related will be compiled for your aural and visual (dis)pleasure. Official transmissions from the archive, assembled fragments from Pop Group comrades, imminent new videos for the upcoming releases and everything in between.

Head here to subscribe.

 

The Pop Group EXCLUSIVE campaign via Pledge has just launched!5th August, 2014

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You can get your hands on Very Limited Pop Group Memorabilia / Limited Colour Vinyl of ‘We Are Time’ & ‘Cabinet Of Curiosities’ / Exclusive Bundles & more!
We would also like to raise awareness of Campaign Against Arms Trade who will be receiving a share of the surplus funds once we reach our goal!

Thank you all for making this finally happen & hope there is something there for all TPG comrades!
See you soon at one of the upcoming shows!

Pledge link – http://www.pledgemusic.com/projects/thepopgroup

Pitchfork announce details of The Pop Group’s first wave of reissues4th August, 2014

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“Post-punk greats The Pop Group have announced a reissue of ‘We Are Time’, a 1980 collection of early live and studio recordings. They’re also putting out ‘Cabinet of Curiosities’, a new compilation of rarities. Both are out October 21 via Freaks R Us (an imprint of Kartel/Amped). More reissues of the group’s back catalogue will follow in the future.”  Read more

The Pop Group announce October UK Tour22nd July, 2014

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The long wait is over. The Pop Group are coming to a town near you this October.

Tickets available here this Friday (25th July)

Check this site and The Pop Group Facebook & Twitter for further updates and more.

 

The Pop Group in the studio with legendary ‘Y’ producer Dennis Bovell25th January, 2014

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The Pop Group in the studio with legendary ‘Y’ producer Dennis Bovell.

Five Stars from the Independent for our recent Celtic Connections show20th January, 2014

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“Songs like ‘We Are All Prostitutes’, ‘Thief of Fire’, ‘She is Beyond Good and Evil’ and the thrilling climax ‘We Are Time’ sound raw and uncompromising, a lurid form of bedsit disco-punk driven home by Stewart’s gruff roar and Gareth Sager’s jagged guitars.”

Read full article here.

Five Stars from the Guardian for our recent Celtic Connections show19th January, 2014

Mark Stewart and Gareth Sager of the Pop Group

“Debut single She Is Beyond Good and Evil remains a primal call to action, be it reading a book or breaking a window. Elsewhere, Colour Blind is dedicated to the memory of Joy Division’s Ian Curtis. When the Pop Group close with the tremendous We Are Time, it’s with the sense of a band that could and still ought to light a fire under guitar music’s conservatives.”

Read full article here.

The Pop Group play Celtic Connections Glasgow on January 17th7th January, 2014

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The Creeping Bent Organisation turns 20 in 2014, and to celebrate we have a brace of action-pop as our opening salvo (both in Glasgow). As part of the city’s Celtic Connections festival, Creeping Bent will present the Pop Group’s first show in Scotland for 33 years at the O2 ABC in Sauchiehall Street on Saturday 18th Jan (with a possible aftershow of noise and readings at esteemed artist Jim Lambie’s nocturne happening, The Poetry Club). Special guest to the Pop Group is Sexual Objects, who have a new single Feels, With Me (recorded with Boards of Canada).

Full news article here.