The Pop Group releasing first new album in 35 years, ‘Citizen Zombie,’ produced by Paul Epworth (listen to the first single)
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.
As mentioned, The Pop Group will be touring North America around SXSW, with two NYC shows: Rough Trade on March 16 and Bowery Ballroom on March 17. Tickets to both NYC shows are still available.
Updated tour dates are listed, along with the new album's artwork, tracklist and single stream, below...
The Pop Group - Citizen Zombie tracklist
1. Citizen Zombie
2. Mad Truth
3. Nowhere Girl
4. Shadow Child
5. The Immaculate Deception
7. Box 9
9. St. Outrageous
10. Age Of Miracles
The Pop Group - 2015 Tour Dates
March 1st Tokyo JP - Liquid Rooms
March 5th Adelaide AUS - Adelaide Festival
March 6th Sydney AUS - The Factory Theatre
March 7th Melbourne AUS - The Corner Hotel
March 10th Los Angeles CA - Echoplex
March 11th San Francisco CA - Great American Music Hall
March 12th Seattle WA - Neumos Crystal Ball Reading Room
March 13th Chicago IL - venue tbc
March 14th Toronto ON - Lee's Palace
March 16th Brooklyn NY - Rough Trade
March 17th New York NY - Bowery Ballroom
March 19th - 22nd Austin TX - SXSW