The Pop Group

Current (2016 – present)

In October 2016 The Pop Group opened the latest chapter in a career of unfettered ambition. In an era where their iconoclastic contention is needed now more than ever Honeymoon On Mars found the band unwaveringly incensed and resolute in their mutative sense of innovation. Reiterating their agitative power it represented a record of characteristic resistance and invention, outlined by Mark Stewart as: ‘a stand against manufactured hate, a hypersonic journey into a dystopian future full of alien encounters and sci-fi lullabies’

The band recruited dub titan and producer of their seminal Y album Dennis Bovell alongside founding member of Public Enemy and legendary Bomb Squad producer Hank Shocklee. Stewart described the results of their collaboration as a ‘double fantasy with our two favourite sonic assassins’ withholding dub’s sense of outlandish futurism and Shocklee’s trademark infractions of noise. An experimental soundclash that signalled an entirely different vision only a year after their acclaimed 2015 LP Citizen Zombie, Honeymoon On Mars was hailed by Dangerous Minds as an illustration of a pioneering band ‘completely reinvigorated by the new’

This sense of bold reinvention was vividly reflected in a series of videos and remixes. First single Zipperface received three distinctive and uncompromising treatments courtesy of Hanz, Not Waving and Goth-Trad, a triumvirate of producers at the vanguard of dub, noise and errant electronics. Meanwhile the video presented a grotesque mindtrip by one of Bristol’s most forward thinking new visual artists Max Kelan Pierce (known for working with Young Echo, Giant Swan and Hodge) Conversely the visuals for second single Little Town by former Jesus and Mary Chain bassist come revered music video auteur Douglas Hart (My Bloody Valentine, Primal Scream, The Horrors) confronted the current state of ‘hidden Britain’.

In 2017, the band released War Inc., the last single to emerge from Honeymoon On Mars. Mobilized by the heavyweight maximalism of Hank Shocklee, the track was as driven, explosive and audacious as anything The Pop Group have ever released.

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