The Pop Group releasing new LP produced by Hank Shocklee & Dennis Bovell, share “Zipperface”
Post punk greats The Pop Group are gearing up to release their new album since reforming earlier this decade. The new LP is titled Honeymoon On Mars and is due out October 28 via Freaks R Us. For this one, they enlisted the help of producers Dennis Bovell (The Slits, Orange Juice, I-Roy, Hollie Cook) and the Bomb Squad's Hank Shocklee (Public Enemy, Third Bass, Tricky), and both seem like natural matches for The Pop Group's vibe. Frontman Mark Stewart agrees:
We've at last fulfilled a double fantasy to work with our two favourite sonic assassins, Dennis 'Blackbeard' Bovell and Hank Shocklee. We're in awe as Dennis, the Captain Kirk of dub is taking us on a hyper sound voyage into the future, and Hank, as always tears up the rules totally upholding our faith in the absolute value of noise. We've gone completely off the map.
You can check out the electro-tinged first single "Zipperface" below.
Having toured North America in 2015 (and played a BV SXSW party), The Pop Group haven't announced new shows on this side of the Atlantic but they will be touring the UK/EU in the fall, including one of the Rough Trade 40 shows where they'll be collaborating with Protomartyr. Those dates are listed, along with Honeymoon On Mars' tracklist and artwork, below.
The Pop Group - Honeymoon on Mars tracklist:
City Of Eyes
Days Like These
Burn Your Flag
The Pop Group - 2016 Tour Dates
Monday 14 November 16 - UK Ramsgate Music Hall
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