PAMPERS TO OPEN FOR THE POP GROUP AT ROUGH TRADE
MONDAY MARCH 16TH TICKETS
Post punk provocateurs The Pop Group release their first album in 35 years, ‘Citizen Zombie’, on February 24th through Freaks R Us. The album was produced by the much-acclaimed Paul Epworth, a long-time fan of The Pop Group and features original members Mark Stewart (lyrics / vocals), Dan Catsis (bass), Gareth Sager (guitar) and Bruce Smith (drums), and the band will embark on their first North American tour, beginning March 10th.
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“The defiant and inventive British band meets the modern era head-on, tempering its dystopias with the rhythms required to move bodies and open minds.” NPR
“They paved the way for Fugazi’s politicized dissonance, Massive Attack and Nine Inch Nails’ larger-than-life soundscapes, and the dancefloor-friendly art-rock moves of contemporary bands like Yeah Yeah Yeahs and Liars.” RollingStone.com
Pampers relentless breakneck tempos and all-out aggression tilt the band more punk than art. Self-described as “thug pop”, the band’s sound is a brutal psyched-out pummeling with hooks fighting to be heard beneath the din. Produced by Ben Greenberg of The Men, “Pampers” is twelve tracks that explodes with “Eruptions” and doesn’t let up until “Head Bag” fizzles out in a whirl of guitar noise and the band’s equipment buzzing. Everything in between is a cavernous whomp of mongoloid vox, primitive yet precise drumming and a cloud of warped sonics swirling above the rock n’ roll thud; Pampers delivers. A 4-song 7″ was released in recent weeks and you can check that out here. More Pampers shows to be announced soon.
Their debut LP was a tough act to follow, but this does the trick.” Pitchfork
“…waging an assault on NYC (and eardrums) for the last two years with their blisteringly loud, snaggletooth artpunk…If you haven’t seen them live yet, you should remedy that — Pampers are killer live.” Brooklyn Vegan
“These fellas have the dangerous, off-kilter distorto-punk thing down, and may even be adding a new chapter themselves.”Dynamite Hemorrhage
“Art bent, noisy and mutant as punk can be…” Tiny Grooves