JOCUND DIN: CAUGHT BY THE RIVER ON FORTY YEARS OF THE POP GROUP

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‘Buying Honeymoon on Mars has sent me back to those three albums. The first, Y, is especially good for sounds, the second and third for words and world woe. All of them feel sculptural to me, both mineral and metal, hacked from the planet and beaten out of it, whilst the accompanying shouting – a work party of one, hitting the jackhammers and hollering – adds great momentum. To listen to such musical lean and heave is still oxygenating down all the years…

At its best, you hear on Honeymoon on Mars what was there before and what therefore is the Pop Group: the sound of something being ripped from the flow of time, a great questioning machine kicking into life, a calving glacier, a scream running over the top of everything. Aged eighteen, when he stood across the bank of school lockers from me, Mark Stewart was somehow already primed for his late middle aged honeymoon, was already embarked on adulthood even though that adulthood would keep him forever, it seems, in the raw first light of angry consciousness…

Pessimism of the intellect but optimism of the will, Gramsci said. I believe that. A jocund din, Wordsworth said of a night when a boy’s mimic hootings set off the tawny owls of the Lake District. That, too.’

Terrific personal reflection on the power of The Pop Group down the years in Caught by the River. By author & BBC Radio producer Tim Dee.

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MAXIMUM HEAVYOSITY: GOTH-TRAD REMIXES THE POP GROUP

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Japan’s very own ‘Sound Originator’ Takeaki Maruyama aka Goth-Trad has produced a monumental remix of The Pop Group’s first single Zipperface from new album Honeymoon On Mars.

An indispensable ringleader in Tokyo’s dubstep scene and a prolific proponent of raw dubwise futurism, Goth-Trad has won support from the likes of The Bug, Kode 9 and Mary Anne Hobbs and has recently collaborated with Boris and Dälek on his latest record Psionics.

Here his rework takes the original into infernal depths, drawing out oppressive levels of tension and infusing Dennis Bovell’s prior mixing desk manipulations with sparse soundsystem brutality.

Zipperface (Goth-Trad Remix) is Out Now

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VIC REEVES VS MARK STEWART FOR NOISEY

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“What does the future hold for both of you beyond your immediate projects?”
MS: I think we’re going to adopt some children. OK magazine are going to pay for us to go to Disneyland and get married.
VR: Then we’ll move into a tent together.

Mark Stewart & Vic Reeves discuss an unlikely alliance.

Revelations include Vic inventing Industrial music and Mark pioneering buttoning up your shirt pre-Ian Curtis.

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A PRODUCT OF 30 YEARS OF VIOLENCE – OUT TODAY

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A Product of 30 Years of Violence is the latest release by Christian Donaghey aka Autumns. Made over the course of Summer/Autumn this year, it sees him unload a remorseless assailment of nihilistic noise, tainted techno and scorched minimal wave.

The latest addition to a body of work that has established Donaghey as an auspicious new artist on Karl O’Connor’s illustrious cult label Downwards (The KVB, Tropic of Cancer, DVA Damas) as well as Glasgow’s Clan Destine (Ela Orleans, Varg, Dirty Beaches) imprint, A Product of 30 Years of Violence maintains what Donaghey has so far outlaid whilst revealing a more expansive dimension to the Autumns project.

A swift sequel-of-sorts to his Das Nichts tape – released in February this year – it sustains the propulsive industrial discord that seethed at the heart of that five track dispatch. Sunken vocals, hails of harsh frequencies and locked drum machine rhythms combine to form a ruptured but resolute nerve. But as well as retaining the blistering furnace heat and metal dance roar of before, Donaghey opens up his characteristic grains of corrosive distortion to dead space and glacial aftermath.

A Product of 30 Years of Violence finds Donaghey reassuringly disposed to provocation and tension. Yet it also witnesses an inclination to head further out than ever before, as encapsulated in the tape’s closing moments, a final token of enervation and collapse, represented by a cold front of stratospheric drone and a formidable departure saturated with guilt, pleasure and disdain.

Pro Dubbed Limited Edition Cassette & Download

Out Now on Clan Destine Records

Artwork by Kerri LeBon

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