'One of the best things I’ve heard about The Pop Group, Steve Albini called us non-linear...'
On Steve Albini, wearing wedding dresses on Mars and refusing to be a zombie.
Official Pop Group transmissions, rare footage & Mark Stewart interviewed (in French!)
'The Pop Group have put on a seriously impressive show tonight'
Mark's project with the artist Rupert Goldsworthy, The New Banalists Orchestra, is profiled by Dangerous Minds:
'Mark Stewart titled the 2012 solo album he made with Kenneth Anger, Richard Hell, Tessa Pollitt, Keith Levene, Gina Birch, Factory Floor, Lee “Scratch” Perry, Youth, et al. The Politics of Envy. A proper dialectician, he prepared the way by singing about the “Envy of Politics” on 2011’s Mammon, a six-track digital album by London’s New Banalists Orchestra. The orchestra appears to be the musical component of the New Banalists group founded by Stewart and the artist Rupert Goldsworthy. The Bandcamp page says only that the New Banalists “formed an orchestra to proclaim [their] manifesto”—which is refreshingly concise, as manifestos go, and seems to be slightly different in each iteration.
On Mammon, Penny Rimbaud and Eve Libertine of Crass, John Sinclair of the White Panther Party and the MC5’s management, David Tibet of Current 93, and Zodiac Mindwarp (“The trick is to tough it out, sailor”) of the Love Reaction espouse a bohemian, psychedelic anticapitalism over music by Youth of Killing Joke and Michael Rendall, some of which will sound familiar to fans of Hypnopazūzu. Ex-PiL guitarist Keith Levene and the late cannabis kingpin Howard “Mr. Nice” Marks are on there, too.'
'The Pop Group was unquestionably one of the broadest-reaching and noisiest acts during the post-punk era. At the same time, their philosophy boiled down to an erratic, adventurous, danceable vision unrivaled by most in either category. For as radical as Y seemed, it hardly sounded like the product of a band yearning for success. Instead, they aimed only to be visceral and provocative—true to the core of post-punk.'
Punk, technology, the situationists & future possibilities. Read all HERE.
Photo by Tyrone Lebon
‘This is a warning...’
All download proceeds of the new single will be donated to Medecins Sans Frontieres (Doctors Without Borders) to help with the incredible work they do in war zones throughout the world. In 2015 they provided over a million consultations across war torn regions of Asia and Africa, and also provide nutrition and psychological help to hundreds of thousands of vulnerable, innocent civilians. For more info on the work they do head HERE.
Read their review of the year in full HERE
A genius and a huge inspiration. Mark’s friends, comrades, and Goldsmiths and Repeater colleagues have set up a collection to raise money for Mark's wife and son, in the hope that it will allow them space to grieve and come to terms with their loss, and to reduce the number of things they have to deal with at this devastating time. If you would like to contribute in Mark's honour, please do so HERE.