New album after 35 years of absence!
Released 02/23/15 via !K7 rec / Differ-ant
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Originally from Bristol, the Pop Group has profoundly affected the post-punk scene with their sound halfway between rage and destroy funk groove, sometimes tinged dub and free jazz.
Citizen Zombie’s new album after 35 years of silence!
At an age when so many others argue for the accelerated retirement, Mark Stewart and his band of sixties punk adage definitely bury and seem to find in old age a second life. Revenue from afar, the original members of The Pop Group therefore decided to polish up the wheelchair to shine their ego.
The Pop Group has everything from cult band: a bad reputation shit fucker group three discs published two years apart between 1979 and 1980, some pieces’ ‘committed’ ‘then sudden dissolution of the group gives it today’ hui aura altogether deserved. Unclassifiable at the time, ranging from punk and dub, free jazz and rock deconstructionist, the band crossed the 80 disappearing very quickly. ( source )
After the disc of unreleased (“Cabinets of Curiosities”) and reissues published these days, The Pop Group will be up in 2015 with a new album named Citizen Zombie, produced by Paul Epworth (Coldplay, Adele, Florence & the Machine ).
1. Citizen Zombie
2. Mad Truth
3. Nowhere Girl
4. Shadow Child
5. The Immaculate Deception
7. Box 9
9. St. Outrageous
10. Age Of Miracles
The album, featuring original members Mark Stewart (lyrics / vocals), Dan Catsis (bass), Gareth
Sager (guitar) and Bruce Smith (drums), Was Recorded at various locations over the last two years and finished in late summer 2014 at Epworth’s studio in Crouch End, London.
On working with Epworth, Mark Stewart commented, “From His Work with Phones onwards, I’ve loved His Work and think he’s one of the world’s best producteurs. He Gave us the freedom to create and, with His help, destiny rides again for The Pop Group. ”
The Pop Group FORMED in Bristol in 1977 out of a sense of disenchantment with the Increasing
conservatism of punk.
Drawing on an eclectic ranks of influences from free jazz, conscious funk, dub heavyweight to vanguard experimentalism, Alongside contemporaries like Public Image Limited, This Heat and Throbbing Gristle, They Were at the forefront of a musical period marked out by ict Ground- breaking innovation.
Socially conscious, politically-charged lyrics Their boasted intellectual influences Including Wilhelm Reich, situationism, French romanticism and the beat poets. Early gigs the Supporting kindred spirits Pere Ubu and Patti Smith led to very Quickly headlining events SUCH AS the Electric Ballroom 1978 line-up of Nico, Linton Kwesi Johnson and Cabaret Voltaire.
In March of 1979 They debuted on Radar Records with single ‘She Is Beyond Good And Evil’. First album Y, produced by reggae titan Dennis Bovell, April and That Was Followed Instantly hailed as a classic. Within 12 months HAD They set up Their Own Y through Rough Trade label and single Issued
‘We Are All Prostitutes’ Followed By Their second album in March 1980. Drawing on a wide spectrum of influences ranging from Ornette Coleman, King Tubby and Funkadelic, to Debussy, Jacques Brel and Steve Reich, For How Much Longer Do We Tolerate Mass Murder? Proved To Be Their final studio album, the band aimed About did go on to share 45 with the Slits, Contributing the future-funk of ‘Where There’s A Will’.
The Pop Group released the archival We Are Time as a final statement Before They imploded in 1980. Band members are Went to –other musical ventures Including Rip, Rig & Panic and PiL, with Stewart Pursuing Both solo and collaborative projects, working with Adrian Sherwood étroitement Does On U Sound.
Reforming in 2010, the group-have Played a number of festivals across the globe Including All
Tomorrow’s Parties, Summer Sonic and Primavera, and just completed a 7 Recently-day UK tour in Support of the We Are Time and reissued new archival compilation Cabinet Of Curiosities.
Renowned music commentator Richard Williams, Who HAD Witnessed The Pop Group on Their home turf of Bristol back in 1978 now enthused about Their recent London date, “one of the major MOST British bands of the 1970s, the gig Provided evidence of Their Continuing relevance … the good news Is That Actually they’re better at it than They used to be back in the day. ”
The band-have teamed up with Pledge Music fans Offering exclusive pre-order items is via www.thepopgroup.net