A rare chance to see UK post-punk legends The Pop Group performing live at the Volksbühne this December with none other than dub master Dennis Bovell on the live mix.
The Pop Group are an English band, formed in Bristol in 1977. Their output in the late 1970s drew on a radical range of sources across music, art, and politics, helping to pioneer post-punk music. In 2010, the band reunited, touring and recording for the first time after three decades. The Pop Group’s return represents post punk provocation for a contemporary era, a resistant continuation of dissentious intent that refutes the nostalgic comfort of the old for a bracing, contrarian engagement with the new.
With Honeymoon On Mars The Pop Group open another chapter at a time when their iconoclastic contention is needed now more than ever. It’s a record that finds the band unwaveringly incensed and resolute in their mutative sense of innovation, as Stewart elaborates: ‘it’s a stand against manufactured hate, a hypersonic journey into a dystopian future full of alien encounters and sci-fi lullabies’
The band have recruited dub titan and producer of their seminal Y album Dennis Bovell as well as founding member of Public Enemy and legendary Bomb Squad producer Hank Shocklee, for their new album, realising a dream twofold collaboration, as Stewart concludes: ‘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.’
The Pop Group w/ Dennis Bovell at the controls
Thursday, 1st December 2016 | 20:00 CET
Volksbühne | Rosa-Luxemburg-Platz | 10178 Berlin/Mitte