MP3: Listen to New Pop Group Single

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UK outfit is clearly beyond good OR evil on their new album…

By Blurt Staff

Hopefully we don’t have to re-introduce you to Britain’s Pop Group—but if so, you can bring yourself up to speed via this 2014 review of their Cabinet of Curiosities/We Are Time archival release. Contributor Michael Toland explained, of the late ‘70s postpunk legends, “An almost textbook example of that nebulous genre known as postpunk, the Bristol quintet deftly combined nervous funk with clanging punk rock and performed it with a loose sensibility that has as much in common with free jazz as rock & roll. Jagged and dissonant but with enough respect for tune to be just this side of accessible, fiercely political but still in thrall to the joy of simply making music.”

More recently, the group returned in 2015 with Citizen Zombie, and in a review of it Toland again sang the group’s praises, writing, “It goes without saying that Citizen Zombie won’t sound exactly like the influential postpunk band did in its late 70s glory – too much time has passed for that. Yet in its own way, the LP picks up where the Group left off – like the Clash’s Combat Rock, it represents a musical evolution while keeping the same spirit.”

Amen to that. Now the outfit has another new album, Honeymoon On Mars, cut earlier this year with dub legend Dennis Bovell and Bomb Squad member Hank Shocklee. It’s due on their Freaks R Us label on October 28, and the first single, “Zipperface” precedes it. Check it out:

The Pop Group did tour behind Citizen Zombie, playing the UK, Japan, Australia, Europe and the US. UK and European dates have already been lined up for November, with more hopefully to come.

Tuesday 15 November 16 – UK Brighton Komedia

Thursday 17 November 16 – UK Cardiff The Globe

Friday 18 November 16 – UK Leeds Wardrobe

Saturday 19 November 16 -UK Manchester Deaf Institute

Sunday 20 November 16 – UK Newcastle Think Tank

Tuesday 22 November 16 – UK Cambridge Portland Arms

Thursday 24 November 16 – UK London The 100 Club

Saturday 26 November 16 – France Boulogne-Billancourt BBmix

Sunday 27 November 16 – Netherlands Amsterdam Paradiso Nord

Tuesday 29 November 16 – Denmark Copenhagen Jazzhouse

Thursday 1 December 16 – Germany Berlin Volksbuhne

 

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