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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
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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.

Netwerk Centre for Contemporary Art, Aalst, 29/05/2015, by Krysztoff Dorion

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.

Listed In Top Ten Acts of Best Kept Secret Festival 201523rd June, 2015

“Old timers The Pop Group as fresh as in 1977”

The Pop Group in at No. 10 in 3voor12’s Top 30 acts of BKS ’15

Best Kept Secret Festival, 19/06/2015

Translators at the ready, read the entry in full HERE

Live In Session For VPRO At Best Kept Secret Festival22nd June, 2015

Scintillating renditions of ‘We Are All Prostitutes’, ‘Citizen Zombie’ & ‘St. Outrageous’.

Live Onsite at BKS.

Gareth Sager Writes Tribute to Ornette Coleman (RIP) for Wire18th June, 2015

As Ornette may have said: ‘You’ve got to learn everything to unlearn it.‘”

Gareth pens an obituary for Ornette Coleman and speaks of his powerful influence on The Pop Group.

Read in full HERE.

& Read the New York Times obituary HERE.

The Pop Group In Session for Marc Riley This Thursday9th June, 2015

The Kazimier, Liverpool, 11/05/2015, by Peter Goodbody

Playing new monsters from Citizen Zombie.

Tune in from 8pm.

RIYL Podcast – Mark Stewart Interview28th May, 2015

Brian Heater interviewed Mark Stewart for his RIYL Podcast taking in ‘global politics, cryptocurrency, popular music and creative inspiration.’

Listen via the RIYL blog HERE.

Dub Maestro and producer of seminal Pop Group album ‘Y’ In The Mix21st May, 2015

Dennis Bovell has assembled a mix of his productions for Soho Radio including his work with The Pop Group.

Listen to the show in full HERE.

“One of the festival’s best concerts” The Pop Group at Pop Revo 201518th May, 2015

GAFFA gave the band the best concert of the festival accolade in their four star review.

Translators at the ready; in full HERE.

(Photo by Steffen Jørgensen)

“Live they are better at conveying their mighty roar than they ever were before.” Ravechild Live Review14th May, 2015

Ravechild appraise the show at Glasgow’s Center for Contemporary Arts

Read in full HERE

(Photo by Colin Clark)

Pre-order Nations/Face To Faces Split 7″ Single Now13th May, 2015

Out 29/06

Pre-order via Rough Trade.

“Now, more than ever, we need tide-turners like these.” **** The Guardian Review London Show11th May, 2015

The Guardian’s Mark Beaumont gave a glowing review of the band’s penultimate UK Tour show at The Dome.

Read in full HERE.

“Like a crazed voodoo Baptist church” Getintothis Interview6th May, 2015

Mark discusses what to expect at the UK Tour shows, Citizen Zombie, and much more.

Read in full + win tickets to next Monday’s show in Liverpool HERE.

Mark Stewart Live Interview on BBC6 Music/Radcliffe & Maconie Show5th May, 2015

In the midst of The Pop Group UK Tour, Mark joins Radcliffe & Maconie.

Tomorrow (06/05) LIVE, tune in from 1pm

“Nobodies’ Going to Put Me in a Box Until I’m Dead” Figure 8 Magazine Interview5th May, 2015

Read in full HERE

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.