“When the Pop Group close with the tremendous ‘We Are Time’, it's with the sense of a band that could and still ought to light a fire under guitar music's conservatives.”
5* Guardian – Celtic Connections – January 2014
The Pop Group, the most wildly innovative and barrier-shattering band to emerge from the late 70s post-punk era, have announced their first ever UK tour in October to coincide with the first run of re-issues on the new Freaks Are Us label.
Since their reunion in 2010 the band have played a handful of key festivals around the world including a rapturously received show in Glasgow earlier this year. The Guardian exclaimed in their 5 star review that “the years have divested this band's music of none of its urgent potency” while The Times stated “Cited as a key influence by Nick Cave and Primal Scream these wilfully discordant Bristolians unleash an exhilarating mash up of polemical lyrics, funk rhythms, free jazz and dub reggae with a tightness and ferocity that would challenge bands half their age” in their 4 star review.
Spearheading the first wave of reissues the band will release two albums, a re-issue of their 1980 post-punk classic 'We Are Time' remastered from original tapes and 'Cabinet of Curiosities’, a
nine-track compilation of rarities and previously unreleased and unheard material. Both albums are set for release on 20th October.
The Pop Group will be performing ‘We Are Time’ in its entirety plus more…
The seven date UK tour is in support of ‘Campaign Against Arms Trade’.
“In this age of hidden agendas / proxies and false flag attacks, now more than ever we must campaign against the arms trade THE MOST BRUTAL TRADE” Mark Stewart
Tickets are on sale NOW at all ticket outlets and can be purchased from the band’s sites.
20-Oct- Edinburgh Voodoo Rooms
21-Oct - Nottingham Bodega Social Club
22-Oct - Manchester Gorilla
23-Oct - Bristol Anson Rooms
24-Oct - Leeds Brudenell Social Club
25-Oct - Brighton Sticky Mike's Frog Bar
26-Oct - London Islington Assembly Hall