Entries tagged with: The Pop Group
photos by Amanda Hatfield, words by Andrew Sacher
Mew / Iceage @ BrooklynVegan SXSW @ Red 7 - 3/21/2015
The three 2015 BrooklynVegan SXSW day parties at Red 7 wrapped up on rainy Saturday (3/21) with a multi-genre lineup across the venue's inside and outside stages. Check out Friday pics HERE and HERE. Thursday is HERE and HERE. Saturday is in this post.
Kicking the day off inside was the hyped, XL-signed UK electronic artist East India Youth who played solo with a variety of synths and drum machines. He was followed by a rare US appearance by Vietnamese rapper Suboi (with Fool's Gold-signed DJ Sammy Bananas). She was the first Vietnamese artist to ever play SXSW, the BV show was one of only two sets she played in Austin this week, and it definitely seemed like an excited crowd came out specifically to see her. Before SXSW she played San Francisco, and since SXSW, was in NYC (last night).
Then it was Philly's Alex G whose DIY indie rock was as entertaining as his deadpan stage banter. Following Alex was The Lees of Memory, the current band of Superdrag singer John Davis and guitarist Brandon Fisher, who were joined by four other musicians. Their album is shoegaze, but the live show was more like the '90s alternative of Superdrag and (in this writer's opinion) one of the day's most enjoyable sets.
Things got darker and more intense after The Lees for Ex-Cult, whose abrasive psych punk was loud, in your face, and full of attitude. That kind of intense attitude didn't go away when post-punk pioneers The Pop Group followed. It's easy to throw around the phrase "ahead of their time," but The Pop Group's set even sounded radical in 2015. Frontman Mark Stewart praised the US for having a great underground music scene, which was pretty amazing coming from a person still embodying underground music over 35 years after his band's debut album. Iceage, a comparatively much newer band who owe much to the scene The Pop Group helped start, wrapped up the day on a high note.
The Pop Group / Screaming Females @ BrooklynVegan SXSW @ Red 7 - 3/21/2015
The outside stage began with Australia's Jack Ladder & the Dreamlanders (who also played NYC last night), a quirky crew fronted by the Nick Cave-like frontman Jack Ladder and featuring a cast of backing musicians (Kirin J Callinan included) who all looked like very different genuine weirdos (in a good way). Their set of baritone-fueled new wave was great, and Jack's stage banter was funny too.
They were followed by Public Access TV, the new-ish New York band who hearkened back to the city's early 2000s garage rock revival. They've since gotten some very bad news while still out on tour.
Then it was soulful singer Gabriel Garzon-Montano, whose voice first caught our ears on the new Drake album and sounded great live too. The filled-in-trying-to-stay-dry crowd was into him too. Things then changed pretty drastically as UK folk punk Frank Turner played solo acoustic, which was a pretty great laid-back set to hear outdoors mid-afternoon. He was followed by a band who weren't laid back at all, the shredding punk trio Screaming Females. We caught them back in NYC only a few weeks prior, but no matter how many times we see them their shows never fail to be totally intense. Then came Ceremony, the ever-changing punk band who played an excellent set with material from most phases of their career. They also played songs off their new album coming out this May, which had serious Joy Division vibes.
Frank Turner @ BrooklynVegan SXSW @ Red 7 - 3/21/2015
Then wrapping up the day was my personal favorite set of the BV day parties (and maybe of everything I saw at SXSW): Mew. The proggy, dreamy Danish band paired stuff off their new album (like "Satellites") with older favorites (like "Am I Wry? No" into "156"), and all of it sounded great. The fact that this year was a very rainy SXSW was unfortunate, but it started coming down pretty hard during Mew's set and that whole atmosphere was perfect.
Thanks to our sponsors MailChimp, Dropkloud, and Esurance (who let 30 people skip the line each day) for helping make it all possible. If you unlocked our party playlsts on your phone with the DropKloud app, you can go listen to them now. If you're still in Austin, you can still unlock them when at Red 7 with the app installed on your phone. Thanks also to Sailor Jerry for supplying drinks to our bands.
More pictures from the whole day, below...
photos by PSquared Photography
The Pop Group @ Bowery Ballroom 3/17/2015
The Pop Group played Bowery Ballroom on Tuesday (3/17), the second of two NYC stops on the post-punk icons' first-ever North American tour. The setlist was exactly the same as Monday's Rough Trade show -- half new album Citizen Zombie, half classic cuts -- but Bowery got a treat as the band brought out Chiara Meattelli, who sings backup on the new LP, to sing with the band on a few songs. Pictures (including ones of openers Regal Degal and YOU), video of them playing "We Are All Prostitues" and setlist from Bowery are in this post.
As mentioned, The Pop Group are currently in Austin for SXSW and folks there have two more chances to see them: tonight (3/20) at the Pop Montreal showcase at Maggie Mae's; and then Saturday (3/21) at the free BrooklynVegan Day Party at Red 7 with Mew, Iceage, Ceremony, Screaming Females and more (RSVP).
More pics below...
photo: Mew at Webster Hall in 2009 (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)
photo: Power Trip at BV-RBSS in 2014 (more by Ryan Muir)
The three FREE BrooklynVegan SXSW day parties at Red 7 in Austin begin TODAY (Thursday, 3/19). We're taking over both stages of the 6th & Red River venue from noon-6pm and doing it again Friday (3/20) and Saturday (3/21) too. You can RSVP for all three days. If you're in Austin, hope to see you there!
Over the course of the three days there's sets from Mew, The Pop Group, Swervedriver, Frank Turner, Ceremony, Iceage, Screaming Females, METZ, Speedy Ortiz, Power Trip, United Nations, Pianos Become the Teeth, Superchunk's Mac McCaughan, The Octopus Project, Broncho, Frog Eyes, Girlpool, Mitski, Chastity Belt, Alex G, Yumi Zouma, KEN mode, Kevin Devine, The Velvet Teen, Pity Sex, Makthaverskan and more.
Check out the flyers and set times for all three days, below...
photos by Greg Cristman; words by Bill Pearis
The Pop Group @ Rough Trade 3/16/2015
Postpunk icons The Pop Group just rolled through NYC, playing two shows as part of their Citizen Zombie tour which is also their first full US trek ever. The first was at Rough Trade on Monday (3/16) and despite a late start, the band were in good form and spirits. Frontman Mark Stewart strode out on stage and immediately began spinning, literally winding himself up for the show where he almost never stopped moving. The show kicked off with their 1979 classic single "We Are All Prostitutes" which led nicely into the dubbed-out bombast of the title cut of Citizen Zombie (their first in 35 years). Bassist Dan Castis and drummer Bruce Smith are still a killer rhythm section, Gareth Saeger remains a lithe, funky guitarist...and Mark Stewart continues to hold court with his distinctive yelp and magnetic stage presence.
Their set was pretty much equal parts Citizen Zombie cuts and first-gen Pop songs like "Where There's a Will" and "She Is Beyond Good and Evil," which probably got the biggest crowd reaction of the night. The new songs are still being worked out live and a couple, stripped of studio wizardry, came off kinda like deep cuts from The Clash's Sandinista while other ones like "Shadow Child" ("Maybe the strangest song we've ever written") successfully translated their paranoid dub to 2015. The Pop Group are still at their best when at their most obtuse. (Setlist is below) Stewart was fairly chatty with the crowd, talking about visiting '70s-era NYC spots Mudd Club, Danceteria and, his "fave," Tier 3 and then dedicating a song to his old friend "Patty Hearst"... before sheepishly correcting himself. "Smith. I meant Patty Smith!"
The night got off to a great start with Pampers who probably share a similar ideology with The Pop Group, though definitely not approach. Their fuck-off brand of punk is bile black but hooky, with their singer barking into an abused Casio SK-1 adding weird loops. You can catch them again at their two-night Union Pool stand in April. Pictures from their set are below.
The Pop Group played last night (3/17) at Bowery Ballroom with Regal Degal and YOU. Anyone go to that show? If you're in Austin for SXSW, they'll be playing a few shows there, including the BrooklynVegan free day party at Red 7 on Saturday (3/21).
More pics from their Rough Trade show are below...
SATURDAY, MARCH 21 @ RED 7 (FREE)RSVP for all three FREE BrooklynVegan day parties is open.
12:00 East India Youth (XL Records)
12:40 Suboi (with DJ Sammy Bananas)
01:30 Alex G
02:30 The Lees of Memory (ex-Superdrag)
04:00 The Pop Group
12:00 Jack Ladder & the Dreamlanders (Kirin J Callinan included)
12:40 Public Access TV (Terrible Records)
01:20 Gabriel Garzon-Montano (on new Drake album)
02:00 Frank Turner
03:15 Screaming Females
Saturday's inside show begins with XL-signed UK electronic artist East India Youth followed by a special set by Vietnamese rapper Suboi, for whom SXSW is part of her first-ever US tour. Fool's Gold signed DJ Sammy Bananas will be backing what will be one of only 2 SXSW shows she's playing (the other is at night).
Then comes raw indie rocker Alex G and shoegazers The Lees of Memory which is the new band with two Superdrag members. Then it's Ex-Cult, followed by post-punk pioneers The Pop Group (who just put out their first album since 1980), and finally a comparatively much newer post-punk band, Iceage.
Outside, Australian synth-popster Jack Ladder and his band The Dreamlanders (which includes Kirin J Callinan) kick off the day followed by New York throwback rockers Public Access TV who just announced a signing to Terrible Records. Then it's Gabriel Garzon-Montano (whose voice you might recognize from the new Drake album), UK folk punk Frank Turner, shredding NJ trio Screaming Females, shapeshifting heavy band Ceremony, and finally the proggy Danish band Mew, whose first album since 2009 will be out in April.
photo: Mew at Webster Hall in 2009 (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)
photo: The Pop Group at ATP NY 2011 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
As mentioned in our Thursday (day 1) and Friday (day 2) posts, this year we're partnering with DropKloud, a new app that's launching just in time for SXSW. Recently acquired by TuneCore, DropKloud uses GPS technology to allow people to unlock exclusive music content in specific geo-targeted locations. You'll be able to try it out at our parties at Red 7 where we'll have special content from the artists playing our shows. Once you unlock it, you can listen later. Stay tuned for more details, but meanwhile get that app on your phone via Google Play or iTunes.
Want to skip the lines? Visit the Esurance Glove Box in the Austin Convention Center, or the Esurance Lounge at 6th and Trinity, to pick up an #EsuranceAccess Pass. Then follow @Esurance on Twitter to find out when and where you can get preferred entry.
Listen to some of the bands playing, below...
In addition to Austin Psych Fest's Levitation Festival in Austin, they're doing another US fest: Levitation Chicago, which happens this weekend (3/13-14) with The Pop Group, Destruction Unit, Viet Cong, Swervedriver, Atlas Sound and more.
Ahead of this weekend's festival, psych rock producer Al Lover made another of his mixtapes for the fest. It includes songs by all the artists on the lineup, as well as his redux of Lumerians' "Hook For An Eye," exclusive to this mix. The mix premieres in this post and can be streamed below.
There are also Levitation festivals in France and Vancouver, the latter of which just announced its lineup. APF is also putting on two SXSW shows with help from Sailor Jerry. Lineups and more info for those, below.
Regal Degal will release their new album, Not Now, on May 19 via Terrible Records. Label co-owner and Grizzly Bear member Chris Taylor co-produced the album with the band. The centerpiece of the album is "Pyramid Bricks" and the video for that song was recently released. Directed by Lily X, the Egyptian-themed video stars frontman Josh de Costa and model Abbey Lee. Says Josh:
This video was one of the first projects we took on shortly after relocating back to NYC. We'd just put out the Pyramid Bricks EP and met Lily and her cool crew, and we realized that we had no video to promote the release so it was a no-brainer collaboration. We would get together and draw inspiration from various movies and music videos; giallo films, the Mummy franchise, the Stranglers' "Golden Brown" video, and plenty of others were on the figurative vision board for this one. Once Abbey Lee Kershaw signed on we knew it was going to be a special production... Fast forward like a year later - we had re-recorded the song, which could've completely messed with everything, but its new dimensions seem to complement the video perfectly and vice versaCheck it out, along with LP art and tracklist, below.
The band have a couple NYC shows this month. They'll play a free show on Thursday (3/5) at Elvis Guesthouse in the East Village, and then they'll open for The Pop Group at Bowery Ballroom on March 17 with You on the bill as well (tickets). The Pop Group's other NYC show is with Pampers.
by Bill Pearis
photo: Pampers @ MHOW, 2013 (more by Ebru Yildiz)
The Pop Group's new album, Citizen Zombie, is out next week (2/24). Featuring original members Mark Stewart, guitarist Gareth Sager, bassist Dan Catsis and drummer Bruce Smith, this is their first album in 35 years and features the band's potent mix of funk, dub, punk and mad-as-hell lyrics. With spot-on production by multiple-Grammy-winner (and Pop Group fan) Paul Epworth, it's a fiery, welcome comeback and you can stream the whole thing ahead of its release over at NPR.
The Pop Group's upcoming tour hits NYC next month, playing two shows: Rough Trade on March 16 and Bowery Ballroom on March 17. Tickets are still available for both. No openers have been announced for Bowery Ballroom but bruising local art-punks Pampers have just been added to the Rough Trade show, making for a great double bill.
Tour dates and a video from the new album, below...
by Bill Pearis
As mentioned, post-punk progenitors The Pop Group will release Citizen Zombie later this month (2/24), which finds Mark Stewart and the rest of the band in proper pissed-off, funky form. It's a very welcome return. The band has just released a video for single, "Mad Truth," which was helmed by actress, director and Italian horror descendant Asia Argento. Here's what she says about working on the video:
Collaborating with The Pop Group is a dream come true. The track blew my mind: all the set-ups and symbols in the video are inspired on a subconscious level by the music and the lyrics. I imagined a world ruled by the colourful souls of eternal children, expressing their crazy love through art, a spiritual warfare against a world populated by the living dead. The kids that appear in the video have worked also in the last movie I directed, including my daughter Anna-Lou. Between us there is a deep bond of trust and freedom.Watch the video below.
The same freedom I was given by the band when they chose me to direct their first single in 35 years. I am deeply grateful to have my vision entwined with MAD TRUTH for eternity.
by Bill Pearis
Post-punk icons The Pop Group have announced details of their new album -- their first in 35 years -- which is called Citizen Zombie and will be out February 23. The album was produced by Paul Epworth, who has worked with Adele, Coldplay, Bruno Mars and other mega-selling pop stars, but got his start with bands like The Futureheads and Friendly Fires. He was also frontman of highly underrated (and highly political) early-'00s post-punk-inspired band Lomax, so it actually makes sense. Epworth says of the new Pop Group album:
It was an amazing opportunity and very exciting to be working with the guys. The energy is still there, the idea is still there, it still fizzes with a life that most young bands today just don't have.You can hear the fizz (and echoes of "She is Beyond Good and Evil") on the funky first single, "Mad Truth," which you can stream below.
Updated tour dates are listed, along with the new album's artwork, tracklist and single stream, below...
The Cribs at MHOW in 2012 (more by Guy Eppel)
A ton of artists were already announced for SXSW 2015 (March 17-22), and now the second artist announcement has come with several more including Twin Shadow, The Cribs, Swervedriver, Gang of Four, KEN mode, Weyes Blood, Wild Throne, Elvis Depressedly, SURVIVE, Juan Wauters, San Fermin, Lydia Ainsworth, The Blind Shake, Ex-Cult, Ikonika, King Tuff, Pujol, The Velvet Teen, The Zombies, Zookeeper, Yumi Zouma and tons more.
Full round 2 list below...
by Bill Pearis
The Pop Group @ ATP NY 2011 (more by Dana [distortion] Yavin)
These abrasive, militant British punks rage against racism, oppression, hunger and anything else that's a world problem; as usual, there's no solution, only anger. The seminal Bristol band synthesizes Beefheartian structures and tribal dance beats to create a didactic soundtrack that barely lets you breathe. Their two primary albums are alternately brilliant and intolerable, with exhortatory songs like "Feed the Hungry," "Rob a Bank" and "Communicate." - [Trouser Press]The original incarnation of postpunks The Pop Group barely managed to stay together three years before splintering, but leaving behind influential tracks like "She Is Beyond Good and Evil" and "We Are All Prostitutes." Most of the original-era members of the band, including singer Mark Stewart, guitarist Gareth Saeger, bassist Dan Cantis and drummer Bruce Smith (who was also in The Slits), got back together in 2010 and played ATP NY in 2011 and have been gigging ever since. A new LP is in the works.
As mentioned, The Pop Group will be coming to SXSW 2015 which will be part of the band's first-ever North American tour which includes two NYC stops: Rough Trade on March 16 and Bowery Ballroom on March 17. Tickets for both NYC shows go on sale at noon on Friday (11/21) with an AmEx presale for the Bowery Ballroom show beginning noon on Wednesday (11/19).
All tour dates, plus streams/videos of classic Pop Group songs as well as a video of Nick Cave talking about them, below...
Happyness @ Baby's All Right 10/21/2014 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
While we're in the midst of CMJ here in NYC, Austin's SXSW Festival just announced its first round of 2015 showcasing artists, including Carl Barat of the Libertines, reunited post-punks The Pop Group, Jessie Ware, The Big Pink, Thee Oh Sees, Twin Peaks, Happyness (who are here for CMJ), Residual Kid and more. The music portion of SXSW 2015 happens March 17 - 22.
Full round 1 announced acts listed below.
Post-hardcore-leaning post-rock legends Slint haven't performed live in six years, but that will change this year when they play ATP End of An Era Part 2 at Pontins Holiday Camp in Camber Sands, UK. The festival runs from November 29 to December 1, and is being billed as the "last ever" UK Holiday Camp.
As mentioned, this year's festival is being co-curated by Loop, who are also performing, along with Mogwai, The Pop Group, Fennesz, Goat, Superchunk, Comets On Fire, Om, Girls Against Boys, Michael Rother (presents the music of Neu! and Harmonia), Ty Segall, Dirty Beaches, Hookworms, Balam Acab and more. Tickets for the fest are on sale now.
Updated lineup, flyer, and a Slint video below...
by Bill Pearis
Existing for a barely five years, UK psych band Loop were one of the most perfectly-named bands ever. Rarely bothering with verse-chorus-verse song structure, the South London group took a riff and added layer upon layer till it had its own gravitational field. They were heavy, man, and got heavier as they went along. The band made three album and two of them (1987's Heaven's End and 1990's A Guilded Eternity) are genuine cult classics. All three of their albums (including 1988's Fade Out) were reissued in 2009 and can be streamed on Spotify.
The band called it quits in 1991 but the A Guilded Eternity line-up has reformed to play AND curate the second half of this year's All Tomorrow's Parties End of an Era which happens from November 29 - December 1 in Camber Sands, UK. The rest of their line-up includes postpunk legends The Pop Group and 23 Skidoo, plus Fennesz, Dirty Beaches, Eaux, Hookworms (who we recently profiled), The KVB, Thought Forms, a DJ set from Edan and more TBA. Earlybird tickets are on sale now.
No word on other Loop shows, specifically, but frontman Robert Hampson writes that they band will be performing "a number of shows from late 2013 to mid 2014 at various venues across the world." Let's hope that includes North America. Surely Austin Psych Fest would be interested?
The weekend before (November 22 - 24) is End of an Era Pt. 1 which is being curated by Barcelona's Primavera Sound. It features Television (minus Richard Lloyd) performing Marquee Moon in its entirety, plus Dinosaur Jr, Les Savy Fav, Chelsea Light Moving, Mum, Dinos Chapman, Oneohtrix Point Never, Wolf Eyes, Il Sogno Del Marinaio (featuring Mike Watt), Yuck offshoot Hebronix, Forest Swords, BEAK>, The Haxan Cloak, Demdike Stare, Eraas and more TBA. Earlybird tickets are on sale now to this as well.
As for the "End of an Era" part, these will be ATP's final "holiday camp" festivals, though they plan to continue putting on events. Flyers for both APT End of an Era weekends are below, along with Loop song streams, are below.
photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin
Swans @ Paramount Theater
All Tomorrow's Parties returns to the USA this September in the new location of Asbury Park, N.J. bringing an I'll Be Your Mirror event to the iconic waterfront. For the inaugural U.S. I'll Be Your Mirror, Portishead will curate and headline their firrst East Coast shows since 1998 on the Saturday & Sunday.Say that all three times fast. All three day pass options are still on sale. More details on all ATP ticket options are below.
As well as Day Tickets, ATP have to date been selling two types of weekend pass - "Three Day Jeff Mangum" passes that include Jeff Mangum's Friday show and guarantee access to one of the Portishead shows (as well as everything else at the festival) and "Three Day Portishead" passes that do not give access to Jeff's Friday show but give guaranteed access to both Portishead shows as well as the rest of the festival. Today we announce a third type of weekend pass...
Portishead have invited Jeff to play an extra show on the Sunday night of the festival. Therefore this week we release new "Three Day Jeff Mangum Sunday Passes" - these give access to all three days of the festival to passholders who will see Jeff Mangum on the Sunday night and are guaranteed to see one of the two Portishead shows. The original Three Day passes for the event are now called "Three Day Jeff Mangum Friday Passes."
That means Jeff is playing Asbury Park three times, twice during the actual festival (see above), and, as you know, once on Monday (10/3) at Paramount Theatre (the day after ATP and not actually part of the fest itself). The Monday show has been sold out for a while now, but ATP are releasing a few more tickets for it. "To buy email email@example.com with JEFF MONDAY TICKETS in subject line, and tell us how many tickets you want. We will respond as soon as possible. Payments must be made by Paypal." A Hawk and a Hacksaw (ft. Neutral Milk Hotel's Jeremy Barnes) open the show.
ATP NJ has a few other lineup additions including Thinking Fellers Union Local 282 (they first reunited to play the Animal Collective ATP that recently happened in the UK), avant guitar hero Marc Ribot, avant sax hero Colin Stetson, avant comedian Reggie Watts, and others. Also: "Today we are also very pleased to announce that in conjunction with The Jonathan Levine Gallery, renowned artist SHEPARD FAIREY (who has created the art for this event and will also DJ) will be presenting an exhibition of his art over the weekend entitled Revolutions: The Album Cover Art of Shepard Fairey. More details of the exhibition will be conﬁrmed soon."
The updated lineup is below, along with updated Jeff Mangum tour dates (he added a few other shows recently too)...
Updated ATP flyer
"Can we assume they'll be added to ATP, which starts a few days after the Bklyn date?," asked a commenter in the comments of our post announcing the Swans show at Music Hall of Williamsburg, and that commenter was dead on.
ATP NJ (aka "Ill Be Your Mirror") has updated its previously announced lineup to include Swans, Peanut Butter Wolf (who will be DJing), Battles, Deerhoof, Jim Thirwell's Manorexia, and Oneida (who will again perform in Ocropolis formation, like in 2009) "ONEIDA PRESENTS THE OCROPOLIS III which will take place at the Asbury Lanes Bowling Alley - the band will perform continuously throughout the day, sometimes with guests from the rich array of musicians also performing in the festival, sometimes alone and mostly improvised."
Though 3-day passes for the Asbury Park Fest, which include your only shot at seeing Jeff Mangum, are sold out (now called the Jeff Mangum Three Day Pass), tickets are still available in multiple incarnations for the three day celebration, including a new "Portishead Three Day Pass" which allows "passholders to see everything else from Friday-Sunday as well as giving priority access with the day pass holders to BOTH Portishead shows on Saturday and Sunday" (the pass doesn't include entry into Jeff Mangum). The "Portishead Three Day Pass" will go on sale at 10AM EST Thursday (4/21) and individual day passes are currently on sale. The versions of the 3-day pass that are sold out only guarantee you one night of Portishead. "Existing Day ticketholders or Jeff Mangum Three Day pass holders who wish to switch to a Portishead Three Day Pass should contact ATP via firstname.lastname@example.org before May 30th."
The current lineup is below.
Shepard Fairey is also DJing the event on Sunday
ATP Asbury Park ("I'll Be Your Mirror") has released the second wave of artist announcements including many of Portishead's choices for the bill! We already knew about Jeff Mangum, Bonnie Prince Billy, Shellac, Chavez and more. New additions include, not surprisingly, Portishead-related acts Anika and Beak> (and this time Anika will be performing live and not just DJing). There's also now a rare reunion of The Pop Group, an Ultramagnetic MC's reunion (WITH Kool Keith), Silver Qluster (Simeon of Silver Apples and Hans-Joachim Roedelius of Cluster/Harmonia), Thee Siliver Mt. Zion Memorial Orchestra, Mogwai, Earth, The Horrors and more. The full list is below.
More details, a bigger Shepard Fairey-designed poster, and the full schedule below...