Call This Number! Live Stream Tonight24th September, 2015

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Maybe nothing is sacred
Nations of couch potatoes
Chained to their tv screens

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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.

The Pop Group Japan Dec 2015 Web Poster

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.

Citizen Zombie

Read the entry in full HERE

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

Tune in 10pm GMT


“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.


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.

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 –

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:




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.


“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)


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

Thanks LA!

Next up, Neumos in Seattle. Tickets:

“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.


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 –

“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 –

(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.