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British Post-Punk Pioneers The Pop Group Announce a Passel of North American Tour Dates, Including a Stop at SXSW

The British are coming

by Noisey Staff
Nov 17 2014, 9:00pm

The Bristol, UK post-punk band that Melody Maker dubbed "one of the most important British bands of the 1970s" is heading to North America for the very first time. Formed in 1977, dead by 1981, and reformed in 2010, The Pop Group has weathered every trend that punk rock's ever seen and come out the other side weirder and wilder than ever. The current lineup includes original members Mark Stewart on vocals, Gareth Sager on guitar, piano, and sax, and drummer Bruce Smith, with former member Dan Castis on bass. The band hasn't recorded any new material (yet), but has already released a rarities set and re-released their 1980 classic album We Are Time via the new Freaks R Us label (an imprint of Kartel/Amped). More reissues are planned, and it's not much of a stretch to think that new tunes might surface sooner rather than later.

Now that they've got a successful UK tour under their belts, The Pop Group has set their sights on the New World. In addition to performing on an already-announced SXSW showcase, they'll be bringing their dissonant squall to key cities across the United States and Canada as part of a world tour that will also take them to Japan and Australia.

Aim your peepers at the dates for the band's first-ever North American tour below, then check out some current footage of The Pop Group doing what they do best—destroying.

03/10/2015 Los Angeles CA – Echoplex -

03/11/2015 San Francisco CA – Great American Music Hall

03/12/2015 Seattle WA – Neumos Crystal Ball Reading Room -

03/13/2015 Chicago IL - venue TBA

03/14/2015 Toronto ON – Lee’s Palace -

03/16/2015 Brooklyn NY – Rough Trade -

03/17/2015 New York NY – Bowery Ballroom -

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