Tickets are now on sale HERE + further details.
“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
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.
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.
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:
1. Zombie [Land]
2. The Immaculate
1. Shadow [Master]
2. Echelon [Instro-Mental]
More info from the Official RSD site HERE.
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/
Archive finds, glimpses backstage, colloborators, friends and daily happenings over at The Pop Group’s newly inaugurated Instagram.
Follow us HERE
“Now really seems the time for Post-Punk to happen”
Mark interviewed for the Mary Anne Hobbs show, discussing reformation & more.
“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.
The band were interviewed & performed a live set for Dylan Ford’s New Afternoon Show.
Listen back HERE
“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.
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.
“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.
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
Gareth outside San Francisco’s Great American Music Hall prior to last night’s show.
The tour continues in Seattle tonight at Neumos.
“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.”
Read in full via our online archive HERE
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)
A live shot from the amazing show at LA’s Echoplex later that evening:
Next up, Neumos in Seattle. Tickets:
“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.
Read in full HERE
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
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.
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
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:
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.
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.
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.
& watch an exclusive live performance of ‘Echelon’, the closing track of Citizen Zombie.
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
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 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.
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.
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.
For those in the UK, a preview stream of the new album Citizen Zombie is now available over at FACT.
First listen of Citizen Zombie now available over at
Play it loud!
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.
Tickets & Further Details HERE.
Gareth Sager offers up some thoughts on the history of national anthems for Magnet Magazine in:
& 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.
Delighted to announce another UK date, this time at one of Birmingham’s finest; the 2015 edition of the Supersonic Festival.
Tickets and all the details you need HERE.
The Pop Group will play New Zealand for the first time on March 4th at the King’s Arms Tavern in Auckland!
Tickets and further details HERE.
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.
Come one and all!
“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.”
“It’s become an adventure I wasn’t expecting”
“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”
High praise from Crack Magazine, who gave Citizen Zombie 18/20 in a review featured in their latest issue.
“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.
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 will be playing on February 21st in Newcastle as part of the BBC 6Music Festival.
They’ll be headlining The Cluny and partaking in a conversation with Marc Riley. More details HERE.
Hope to see you there!
‘Subvert & Survive!’