The Pop Group
support Fluwelen Koord / Falling Man + dj Mad A-p
Thirty-five years ago, The Pop Group, from Bristol, was one of the greatest post-punk bands. The band combined Funk, dub, punk and free jazz around vocalist Mark Stewart, often with truly terrifying musical results, just think of the songs We Are Time and We Are All Prostitutes. These sounds influenced, among others, Nick Cave, Happy Mondays, The Rapture and Nine Inch Nails. After making a few fierce records the band fell apart. However, the members continued to make music and now, 35-years after For How Much Longer Do We Tolerate Mass Murder, there’s the new album, Citizen Zombie.
Stewart screeches with the same frightening, sometimes hysterical raging voice as before; proving he and his band still clearly mean business. Funk and jazz are pushed somewhat into the background, but they still sound genuinely provoked. Surprisingly, the album was recorded with pop producer Paul Epworth (Adele, Primal Scream, Florence & The Machine), and it seems as though The Pop Group has become a part of the system they were always against, but make no mistake, The Pop Group is a true wolf in sheep’s clothing that catapults Netwerk back in time to the Smurf-punx era.
The Pop Group review – a timely reminder of how rock used to revolt ****
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