'Richard presented himself as a bit of a dour – in a funny way – northerner to us West Country bumpkins, but he really reminded me of my scientist father: a precision-tooled mind'
Mark Stewart on Richard H Kirk, part of a special tribute feature for Crack Magazine - RIP RHK
Blackbeard meets Beyond! 💥
The Pop Group are pleased to present the mighty Dennis Bovell dub version of 'She Is Beyond Good & Evil' - taken from 'Y in Dub'.
CD & Digital - Out 29th October 2021
Vinyl - Out 25th March 2022
via Mute Records
Presenting the brand new official video for 'Words Disobey Me (Dennis Bovell Dub Version)', an animated art visual by Peter Harris & Llyr Williams - premiered via Brooklyn Vegan
Plus our very own Mark Stewart curates a playlist of essential dub music dedicated to Lee 'Scratch' Perry (RIP), featuring the likes of Prince Far I, The Twinkle Brothers, Elizabeth Archer & The Equators, Devon Irons & more
The Dennis Bovell dub version of 'Words Disobey Me' is taken from the upcoming album 'Y in Dub' - a dynamic dub reconstruction of our debut album 'Y' out 29th October on Mute Records
Watch Premiere / Listen to Mark's playlist
The 'Wimpy Love Mix' - a new remix of PREGOBLIN by The Pop Group
'PREGOBLIN reached out to Mark Stewart saying they dug The Pop Group, and asked would we rework some of their material, I had a listen and they have this great song, with lyrics somewhere between Ian Dury and Serge Gainsbourg. A remix was put together and here it is. Enjoy with fries and a doughnut!' - Gareth Sager
'Mr Warren Mansfield introduced me to Mark Stewart in a pub - Sebley don't get star stuck often as a rule but like meeting a first Debenhams Father Christmas, I was timid and excited and may have chewed my hand producing a lot of saliva. "I thought we got rid of all you hippies'' - said Mark (I had long hair at the time) from that day we hit it off. God bless Mark Stewart and Gareth Sager.' - Alex Sebley / PREGOBLIN
We're excited to officially announce the release of 'Y in Dub' - a new dub reconstruction of our debut album 'Y' & our debut single 'She Is Beyond Good & Evil' produced alongside visionary dub pioneer Dennis Bovell MBE
'An explosion in another dimension, I see dub as a portal to another world' - Mark Stewart
'Here 'Y' is twisted & flipped to reveal other colours, different atmospheres...let your ears quake' - Gareth Sager
'Y in Dub' will be released on CD & digital formats via Mute Records on the 29th of October 2021 with the vinyl release set to follow at a later date
Listen to 'Words Disobey Me (Dennis Bovell Dub Version)'
The Pop Group vs Dennis Bovell - World Premiere Performance of 'Y in Dub', 31st July 2021
Confirmed for 'Terry Hall Presents Home Sessions' at Coventry UK City of Culture 2021
Please note change of venue to Coventry Cathedral Ruins & earlier scheduled set time
More Info HERE | Tickets
'Dub to me is the music of chance. A teenage dream come true – at last – this one’s for the explorers' Mark Stewart
The Pop Group have been invited by Terry Hall (The Specials) to perform at a specially curated festival, 'Terry Hall presents Home Sessions' at Coventry UK City of Culture 2021. The Pop Group will perform a brand new dub version of their timeless album 'Y' with original producer and dub maestro Dennis Bovell MBE.
'Y in Dub' is set for release on Mute Records later this year, to register your interest and receive updates on the release, head HERE.
LISTEN to Mark Stewart in conversation on Shaun Keaveny's BBC Radio 6 Music show discussing the world premiere performance of 'Y in Dub' & the upcoming album (from 1:44:40).
The Pop Group have contributed to the Everything Is Music platform, a new digital museum project celebrating the music of Bristol
Open the map on your phone and walk to the pins to unlock stories, sounds and experiences from the region’s musical past, present and future, including a profile of The Pop Group's first rehearsal space, where we wrote our debut album 'Y'
Discover reflections from Mark Stewart & Gareth Sager, rare & unreleased audio, as well as some visual art that proved influential to TPG
'It began in the car on the way to the Roxy. And ended under Nelson’s column... I know we didn’t want to sound like any other band. That was our launch point...we just used to be laughing all the time...and since re-forming its an ongoing affair, again’
Gareth Sager relates the early days and final era of The Pop Group’s first incarnation for the ‘Hello / Goodbye’ feature in the April issue of MOJO
Featuring stories of punk beginnings, the reaction to debut album 'Y', an immense farewell gig at a CND rally in Trafalgar Square & more
The 40th anniversary definitive edition reissue of 'Y' is out now on Mute Records
'We wanted to make a video where Mark Stewart was the ghost of past, present & future. He haunts the upper echelons of the scrambled channels of your teenage cable box, pulling back the curtain on the dystopian present. Imagine a parallel universe where Mark was Max Headroom...one of the reference points for this project was much of Mark’s solo work, and the words he penned and sent over fit perfectly within the concept'
'Mondo Decay', the award winning multimedia collaboration between visual artist Brad Feuerhelm & Algiers' Lee Tesche & Ryan Mahan aka Nun Gun
First single 'Stealth Empire' featuring our very own Mark Stewart
Video by Nun Gun & Ian Cone
Gareth Sager of The Pop Group follows his ‘Creeping Bent Triptych’ material with a new solo album of avant-rock instrumental dubs & tuneful collaborations entitled 'How Can I Help You When You Don’t Want To Help Yourself'
Watch the new video for 'All You Put Me Through' featuring Davy Henderson (The Fire Engines, The Nectarine No 9, The Sexual Objects) & directed by Jonathan Seal
Listen / Order via the Creeping Bent Bandcamp
Mark Stewart's Mute Records Mixtape 🖭
Featuring The Pop Group & On-U Sound, as well as personal favourites from the likes of Prince Alla, Junior Delgado, Michael Rother, Pan Sonic, Dusty Springfield, Tom Moulton, Keith LeBlanc & more