Review: These Liverpudlian beat mavens have always - like many great bands - been a mass of contradictions. Perpetually youthful yet with a sound forever entrenched in the heady haze of the late '60s, they've now set themselves up as something of an institution for a mindset based on worn copies of 'Forever Changes' and 'Five Leaves Left, Yet 'Distance Inbetween' - their first for five years - is proof positive that their charm, for all its familiarity, is unlikely to wear off soon. A bold and colourful display of world-class songwriting and heavy-lidded cool from perennial psychedelic peacocks.
Review: It's been a bracing thirty-five years since the Pop Group's last album 'For How Much Longer Do We Tolerate Mass Murder', yet the passing of decades has clearly done very little to dampen the incandescent ire of Mark Stewart and his cohorts. In fact, 'Citizen Zombie' is proof that not only does their blast-furnace of punk energy, noisy dub contortions and sinewy funk survive intact, but that the here and now only inspires them to still more furious heights of intensity. Produced by the illustrious Paul Epworth, this barrage of restless invention, iconoclastic zeal and feral charisma is a powerful transmission from an eternal spanner in the works.