RECLAIMING THE FUTURE: CLRVYNT INTERVIEW MARK STEWART

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'Do think there’s been a big progression from Citizen Zombie, which just came out last year?'

‘I love that record. It was full-on and mental, and it’s a head fuck. But [Honeymoon on Mars], with the lyrics and the whole dystopia and sci-fi feel of it, I’ve just got real hope. We’ve got to try and reclaim the future.’

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THE QUIETUS PREMIERE ZIPPERFACE NOT WAVING REMIX

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'It was an honour to be able to work on the music of a band that meant so much in my life'
Not Waving

One of the more prominent personalities to emerge on Powell’s Diagonal Records, Alessio Natalizia aka Not Waving has produced a relentless acid refix of The Pop Group’s first single ‘Zipperface’ from their new album ‘Honeymoon On Mars’

Hailing from Italy but now based in London, Natalizia has been operating under the Not Waving guise since 2013, clocking up an impressive series of self-released cassettes and LPs on his own Ecstatic Recordings imprint. As well as applying himself to a continuing evolution in his own music, Natalizia has also displayed a specialist interest in obscurities from the 80s underground. This interest culminated in the 2013 release of ‘Mutazione: Italian Electronic & New Wave Underground 1980-1988‘, an acclaimed compilation of proto-industrial and primitive electronic music that completely reset the consensus on Italian music in the 1980s. Whilst maintaining a strong release schedule on Ecstatic (Pye Corner Audio, Gavin Russom, The Tapes, Daniele Ciullini and more) this year Natalizia perfected Not Waving’s calling card with ‘Animals‘, an LP that alternated between and often combined liminal ambience, industrial amplitude and incisive, malfunctioning body music.

On the back of touring America with the Diagonal Records crew Not Waving completes a trilogy of Pop Group remixes after contributions from Hanz and Goth-Trad. Like Hanz and Goth-Trad it comes from a place of enduring respect for The Pop Group’s daring experimentalism. Yet unlike the efforts of Hanz and G-T, Zipperface isn’t led into shadowy echo chambers or sub-bass assault but carved up and weaponised into a barrage of convulsive computer glitch, muscular EBM and thuggish acid.

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A FELLOW TRAVELLERS PLAYLIST FOR APPLE MUSIC

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'You don’t have to go very far off the interpreted path to find yourself in difficult situations; the courage to face the trials and to bring a whole new body of possibilities into the field of interpreted experience…Here are a few attempting that deed'

Featuring selections from Death Grips, Hieroglyphic Being, Sleaford Mods, Beak>, Protomartyr, Charles Hayward (This Heat) & more

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JOCUND DIN: CAUGHT BY THE RIVER ON THE POP GROUP

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‘Buying Honeymoon on Mars has sent me back to those three albums. The first, Y, is especially good for sounds, the second and third for words and world woe. All of them feel sculptural to me, both mineral and metal, hacked from the planet and beaten out of it, whilst the accompanying shouting – a work party of one, hitting the jackhammers and hollering – adds great momentum. To listen to such musical lean and heave is still oxygenating down all the years…

At its best, you hear on Honeymoon on Mars what was there before and what therefore is the Pop Group: the sound of something being ripped from the flow of time, a great questioning machine kicking into life, a calving glacier, a scream running over the top of everything. Aged eighteen, when he stood across the bank of school lockers from me, Mark Stewart was somehow already primed for his late middle aged honeymoon, was already embarked on adulthood even though that adulthood would keep him forever, it seems, in the raw first light of angry consciousness…

Pessimism of the intellect but optimism of the will, Gramsci said. I believe that. A jocund din, Wordsworth said of a night when a boy’s mimic hootings set off the tawny owls of the Lake District. That, too.’

Terrific personal reflection on the power of The Pop Group down the years in Caught by the River. By author & BBC Radio producer Tim Dee.

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MAXIMUM HEAVYOSITY: GOTH-TRAD REMIXES THE POP GROUP

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Japan’s very own ‘Sound Originator’ Takeaki Maruyama aka Goth-Trad has produced a monumental remix of The Pop Group’s first single Zipperface from new album Honeymoon On Mars.

An indispensable ringleader in Tokyo’s dubstep scene and a prolific proponent of raw dubwise futurism, Goth-Trad has won support from the likes of The Bug, Kode 9 and Mary Anne Hobbs and has recently collaborated with Boris and Dälek on his latest record Psionics.

Here his rework takes the original into infernal depths, drawing out oppressive levels of tension and infusing Dennis Bovell’s prior mixing desk manipulations with sparse soundsystem brutality.

Zipperface (Goth-Trad Remix) is Out Now

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VIC REEVES VS THE POP GROUP FOR NOISEY

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'What does the future hold for both of you beyond your immediate projects?'
MS: I think we’re going to adopt some children. OK magazine are going to pay for us to go to Disneyland and get married.
VR: Then we’ll move into a tent together.

Mark Stewart & Vic Reeves discuss an unlikely alliance. Revelations include Vic inventing Industrial music and Mark pioneering buttoning up your shirt pre-Ian Curtis.

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