Mark Stewart has announced UK dates in support of his eagerly awaited album The Politics Of Envy (released via Future Noise Music on 26th of March). “We’re out to wreck havoc, mash-up the bass bins and throttle the guitars, this time it’s war” says Mark.
Described by the Wire as always in search of forbidden marriages between alien forms, for these shows, Mark has personally plucked from the underground Arkell & Hargreaves (True Tiger), the tightest splatter punk psyche-funk rhythm section. The band delivers an apocalyptic sub-bass, swirling in a melange of post-punk guitar courtesy of Dan Catsis (The Pop Group, Glaxo Babies), topped by Marks clarion call of dissent.
Mark last set foot on a UK stage for an impromptu collaboration with rising star St. Vincent to perform his post-punk band The Pop Groups She Is Beyond Good And Evil at Londons Queen Elizabeth Hall back in November. Just prior to that the recently reformed Pop Group performed for the prestigious All Tomorrows Parties in the US with the Village Voice raving, Post-punk aggression and political intelligence seared out of the raging eyes and violent mouth of The Pop Groups Mark Stewart. These UK dates for Marks solo project are the first in many years and expectations are high.
Continuing an unmatchable track record of pioneering and seismic influence, Mark Stewart is back with his new album The Politics Of Envy whipping up a frenzy of anarchic, confrontational sound in collaboration with such illustrious accomplices as cult film-maker Kenneth Anger, Keith Levene (Clash/PiL), Richard Hell (Television, Voidoids), Lee Scratch Perry, Gina Birch (The Raincoats), Tessa Pollitt (The Slits), Douglas Hart (Jesus And Mary Chain), Factory Floor, Daddy G (Massive Attack), all of Primal Scream, Youth (Killing Joke) and Bristol new blood Kahn.
26 March 2012: Glasgow King Tuts tickets £12.50
27 March 2012: Manchester – Ruby Lounge tickets £12.50
28 March 2012: London – The Scala tickets £13.50
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