(THE POP GROUP, RIP RIG + PANIC, HEAD)
answers the MUSIC WORKS Questionnaire
photo: Chiara Meattelli
none…i am qualified by the fact that I’m not qualified !
2. CAREER HIGHLIGHTS?
Creating 3 sons…
Trying not to have ambitions
4. SONGS YOU WISH YOU HAD WRITTEN?
a love supreme
5. DESERT ISLAND DISCS?
a re-recordable disc
6. FAVOURITE ARTISTS/BANDS OF ALL TIME?
Howlin wolf ,John Cage ,James Brown ,Satie ,Miles Davies
7. WHAT MUSIC ARE YOU LISTENING TO NOW?
Some dub on the radio ( you don’t hear dub on the radio much ) !!
8. THE LAST BOOK YOU READ?
Genuine Fake biography of Alan Watts ,Monica Furlong
filling in questionnaires
10. VINYL, CASSETTE, CD, MP3, WEB STREAMING?
Trying to repair cassettes
11. INDIE MUSIC IN THE AGE OF THE INTERNET?
GREAT FOR DISCOVERING THINGS YOU KNOW NOTHING ABOUT — BUT ULTIMATELY THERE ARE NO SHORT CUTS ,,,,SO MAYBE THE INTERNET IS UNSKILLFUL
12. WHAT IS YOUR PERSONAL MOTTO?
NO CONDITION IS PERMANENT
The Pop Group
Honeymoon On Mars
“A hypersonic journey into a dystopian future full of alien encounters and sci-fi lullabies.”
The Pop Group’s new album Honeymoon On Mars, was released via Freaks R Us on October 28.
Produced by Dennis Bovell, who worked on the band’s seminal debut 1979 album Y, along with Public Enemy producer Hank Shocklee, Pop Group founder Mark Stewart has called the record “a stand against manufactured hate” and “a hypersonic journey into a dystopian future full of alien encounters and sci-fi lullabies.”
Stewart describes working with Bovell and Shocklee as “a double fantasy…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,” he says.
The Bristol post-punk innovators formed in 1977, taking in punk, as well as free jazz, dub, funk and avant-garde elements. They released two albums, Y and in 1980, their second studio album, For How Much Longer Do We Tolerate Mass Murder?, before disbanding in 1981.
Since reforming at ATP Festival in 2010, the band have released a raft of records, including 2014’s re-issue of We Are Time and an archival collection of previously unreleased material called Cabinet of Curiosities.
This new album is the follow-up to their 2015 LP Citizen Zombie which was the Pop Group’s first studio album in 35 years. The four-piece will embark on a European tour in November, kicking off with a show at Ramsgate Music Hall on November 14.