'Mark Fisher will change your life as he did mine...one of the prophetic minds of our times. He encourages you to become even more engaged, even more enraged.'
Mark Stewart on Mark Fisher
From the recent Crack Magazine long read 'K-punk, capitalist realism & acid communism'
Published in honour of the Mark Stewart recommended posthumous collection on Repeater Books 'k-punk: The Collected and Unpublished Writings of Mark Fisher'
Mark Stewart will take over, in true pirate style, the BAD PUNK show with ‘Learning To Cope With Radio’ on Resonance FM at 10pm BST on Friday 5 October.
'Learning To Cope With Cowardice' is to be given a definitive reissue by Mute Records alongside 'The Lost Tapes', a newly discovered cache of unreleased material.
'Learning To Cope With Cowardice' will be released on Mute on double vinyl, double CD and as a limited edition double clear vinyl (with a percentage of the vinyl sales going to the Mercy Ships charity) on 25 January 2019.
Mark Stewart plays the Gates of West festival at Dingwalls in Camden on Friday 7th September, an event celebrating the life and music of Joe Strummer & The Clash.
A new video for the track Forever Now by Textbeak & Mark Stewart, as featured on Cvlt Nation
Directed by The New Banalists (Rupert Goldsworthy & Mark Stewart)
Backing vocals by Janine Rainforth (Maximum Joy)
Produced by John Fryer (This Mortal Coil)
Taken from the album Sick For Songs A Season Eats, the debut record by Textbeak
Out now on Cleopatra Records
Mark Stewart on remix duty for Meatraffle
A heavy manners 'Spectrum' remix of 'Ndrangheta Allotment'
Recently released on Drastic Decline
Listen to 'Ndrangheta Allotment (Mark Stewart Spectrum Remix)'
Listen to the Mark Stewart Collection Playlist
Thuban the new record by Lay Llamas featuring 'Fight Fire with Fire' w/ Mark Stewart is out now on Rocket Recordings
"Mark Stewart's (Pop Group) narration of a futuristic world devoid of humanity is literally neurotic. Human freaks proliferate from the ashes of corporate greed, political malfeasance and biological manipulation. Like Trump's inner circle, or Italy's Lega Party. Sci-fi doesn't displace our contemporary world. It reflects on its more negative trends." Soundblab Alternative Music
"‘Fight Fire With Fire’ takes the album is somewhat of a different direction with a spoken word from the Pop Group’s Mark Stewart. This dystopian track develops science fiction-style narrative making political points about a world where human of genetic variance are pitched again each other. It is intense and sinister… you really need to listen to it to understand the full drama here." Psych Insight Music
"‘Fight Fire With Fire’, featuring the dystopian hued spoken-word courtesy of Mark Stewart, hangs suspended in a sea of glitchy reverberations and pulsing electronic atmospherics. Crawling feedback laden frequencies pull repetitive percussion and throbbing lines of melodic bass into the mix, instantly injecting structure and clarity into proceedings. This is addictive, brilliantly produced and another album highlight" Primal Music Blog
Mark Stewart features on 'Chimera', 'Forever Now', 'Information Medicine' & 'Soft Paranoia', a brace of new tracks taken from 'Sick For Songs A Season Eats', the debut album by Mike Textbeak
Produced by John Fryer (This Mortal Coil, Depeche Mode, Nine Inch Nails, Fad Gadget)
'Sick For Songs A Season Eats' also features Janine Rainforth (Maximum Joy), Peter Hope (Hoodoo Talk w/ Richard H. Kirk), Yvette Winkler (Vaselyne), Searmanas, Android (Missile Command), Tim Smith (Lestat) & Bestial Mouths
Released June 28th
Mark Stewart has contributed to Alan Dunn's MA/68, a sound collage premiered last month at Liverpool's Time Tunnel Festival.
'In Paris in May 1968 Vangelis left his studio to gather streets sounds while at the end of the month The Beatles began work on their landmark assemblage Revolution 9. Fifty years on, MA/68 revisits these with a sound collage for Tannoys featuring street recordings and slogans from Je suis Charlie, Welcome to the Dark Ages, Mark Stewart of The Pop Group, Aston Academy, The Band of Holy Joy, Louis Malle's Milou en Mai, Marijampole Capital of Culture event, International Women's Day and art students from Leeds Beckett University, University of Central Lancashire, Wirral Metropolitan College and Liverpool John Moores University.'
A trailer featuring a text by Mark Stewart for ‘Bristol Music: Seven Decades of Sound’, a new exhibition on the history of the Bristol music scene put together by M Shed (Bristol Museums) & 2 Degrees West:
‘The scene since the late 1950s has been nothing but eclectic. Artists from Acker Bilk, The Pop Group and The Wurzels to Rita Lynch, Way out West and This is the Kit, are just a handful of acts that hail from our harbourside city. Bristol Music: Seven decades of sound will take stories told by people all over the city to celebrate and debate Bristol music.’