THE PULL OF AUTUMN Share Rapid-Eye-Movement Video Clip For Their Dub Stunner ‘OUTLAW EMPIRE’

25 October 2022

(Credit: Luci Lux, Chiara-Meattelli & Dominic Lee)


Who: The art-rock collective of Rhode Island musician Daniel Darrow,
from 80s post-punk group Johanna’s House Of Glamour. working
constantly with other notable artists.

A few weeks ago they released OUTLAW EMPIRE.

The first single from the upcoming album Beautiful Broken World,
that’ll see the day of light on December 9. Order info here.

Turn Up The Volume wrote: Outlaw Empire‘ grooves and moves with Massive Attack‘s
trip-hop swagger, spacey reverberance and a sickly sticky, ongoing dub rotation. If
you were/are a Pop Group fan you’ll recognize Maffia maestro Mark Stewart‘s voice
from the first note.

Now you can get in the mood for Halloween with a
rapid-eye-movement visualization of this dub stunner.

Roll the tape here…

THE PULL OF AUTUMN/RBM Records: Facebook


Daily electricity to load your batteries

6 October 2022

(Credit: Luci Lux, Chiara-Meattelli & Dominic Lee)

Who: The art-rock collective of Rhode Island musician Daniel Darrow,
from 80s post-punk group Johanna’s House Of Glamour. working
constantly with other notable artists

New album: BEAUTIFUL BROKEN WORLD – the band’s 4th
A 15-track undertaking that involves a number of experienced

Out: 18 November 2022 – pre-order info here

The impressive album artwork

First single: OUTLAW EMPIRE

It features The Pop Group‘s voice/face Mark Stewart whose number of collaborations
is countless. Legendary producer Adrian Sherwood who took care of a golden remix treatment.

TUTV: Outlaw Empire grooves and moves with Massive Attack‘s trip-hop swagger, spacey reverberance and a sickly sticky, ongoing dub rotation. If you were/are a Pop Group fan you’ll recognize Maffia Godfather Mark Stewart‘s voice from the first note.

It’s a beautiful swing-and-sway activator
for a broken world, as we know it.

Stream/buy here.

THE PULL OF AUTUMN/RBM Records: Facebook
MARK STEWART: Facebook</a

JAH WOBBLE Featuring MARK STEWART And Friends Tackle British Conservative Party With Critical Banger ‘A VERY BRITISH COUP’…

Daily fuel to load your sonic batteries…

20 February 2020

When legendary post-punk misfits Jah Wobble, Mark Stewart, Keith Levene and Richard Dudanski come together you know there’s electricity in the air. Critical electricity. Hectic electricity. Confrontational electricity and barbed songs with a razor-sharp message.

With ‘A VERY BRITISH COUP‘ this unique collaboration tackles the British Conservative hypocrites and their misleading and demagogic campaign with which they pushed voters to leave the European Union.

Musically the track is an electrifying banger driven by Jah Wobble‘s striking bass
grooves and Dudanski‘s repetitive solid drum beat, intensified with Levene‘s metallic
guitar resonance and Stewart’s nightmarish and reproachful voice navigating all over it. The final result is a kick-ass uppercut with an angry middle finger for all those lying politicians who messed-up really badly.

Here’s the funky coup…

Who’s who?
Jah Wobble: original PiL bassist, mastermind of Invaders Of The Heart,
countless collaborations and initiator of this project
Mark Stewart: co-founder of Bristol’s punk-funk innovators The Pop Group,
Godfather of the Maffia and tons of collaborations
Keith Levene
: original PiL guitarist and several solo projects
Richard Dudanski: drummer, best known as a former member of PiL,
but played with several other bands too
Martin Youth Glover: : Produced the song, best known as
a member of Killing Joke but also a successful producer
The late great Andrew Weatherall and Nina Walsh
added loops to the proceedings

A limited edition four-song EP (including this track)
on CD is for sale now at Amazon.

I guess this novel by Chris Mullin
was an inspiration for this song.

Post Punk Crusader MARK STEWART Shares Unreleased Track ‘PARANOIA’ From Special Reissue Of His Solo Debut Album…

Daily fuel to load your sonic batteries…

5 October 2018

MARK STEWART, original post-punk crusader and frontman of legendary Bristol misfits The Pop Group‘s also released (so far) 7 solo albums over the years. His first longplayer LEARNING TO COPE WITH COWARDICE recorded with his MAFFIA gang came out back
in 1983. It will be reissued next January alongside THE LOST TAPES, a newly discovered cache of unreleased material, via Mute records.

Godfather Mark Stewart perceives The Lost Tapes as a document that now possesses
a storied significance: “It was a real adventure discovering this forbidden history, a twisted
tale of Muswell hillbillies, French pirates and a Dutch schizophrenic doctor doing psychic archaeology.”

Producer and longtime sonic collaborator Adrian Sherwood describes The Lost Tapes as characteristic of a distinct primitivism: “They represent the early childhood of the songs before Mark and me conducted frenzied, scorched earth, slash-and-burn, twenty-hour mental, manic editing sessions at Crass’ studios that led to birthing the finished album.”

Here’s a taster from the 10-track collection of newly discovered material. PARANOIA is a dancey dub reggae groove sounding utterly fresh and catchy. Its feverish bass-driven vibe with Stewart‘s characteristic vox – half spoken, half sung – all over it and the fervent horns in the back will cause action near the area of your hips. Oh yeah, you can definitely dance to paranoia. You can try it for yourself right here…

MARK STEWART: Facebook –  Twitter

Out 25 January 2019 – more info here – pre-order facilities here

(photo on top: Turn Up The Volume!)

Here’s A Preview Of The Imminent Apocalypse With Producer/DJ TEXTBEAK And The Pop Group’s Maffia Boss MARK STEWART…

Clips that will impress your eyes and your ears…


2 August 2018

American, visionary producer/DJ of experimental, industrial and electronic dance music MIKE TEXTBEAK released his debut solo album ‘Sick For Songs A Season Eats‘ last June. An impressive, cinematic, science-fiction like and psych-o-tronic noise soundtrack for the unavoidable Apocalypse. It actually sounds, at times, more like 2018 instead of 2118, more like reality instead of a faraway future. Like a sort of fuck you Americana Brexit manifesto. Textbeak invited a host of like-minded musicians such as British, veteran underground artists Mark Stewart (The Pop Group/The Maffia) and Maximum Joy‘s Janine Rainforth, German darkwave outfit Bestial Mouths, and several more avant-garde friends.

One of the most notable cuts is FOREVER NOW. A demonic and intoxicating electro stomper. A pitch-dark techno groove featuring MARK STEWART, one of the last true original minds/voices of the underground scene. The accompanying clip visualizes
the song’s scary feel perfectly: Doomsday is coming! Watch its foreplay right here…

Video directed by The New Banalists (Rupert Goldsworthy & Mark Stewart)
Backing vocals by Janine Rainforth (Maximum Joy)
Produced by John Fryer (This Mortal Coil)

Stream/purchase the full album on Bandcamp

One Of The Last True Originals MARK STEWART Released His Third, Self-Titled LP 30 Years Ago…

Going back in sonic history…


Album: Self-titled, third LP

Released: 26 October 1987 – 30 years ago

The Maffia: Mark Stewart – vocals, production / Keith LeBlanc – drums / Skip McDonald – guitar / Adrian Sherwood – keyboards, production / Doug Wimbish – bass guitar

All Music wrote: “Mark Stewart challenges listeners’ expectations through open-ended experimentation, rejecting simple song-oriented formats. With producer Adrian Sherwood and Maffia members Keith LeBlanc, Skip McDonald, and Doug Wimbish, he continues to play havoc with conventional notions of structure on several tracks, assembling dark, fragmented collages cut up with scratches, heavy metal guitar flourishes, voices culled from the media, and blasts of electronic noise. A prime example is the nine-minute assault of “Anger Is Holy,” which finds Stewart pasting together big go-go beats, a recurring sample from Billy Idol’s “Flesh for Fantasy,” and his signature distorted vocals, as well as interrupting the proceedings with a random moment of complete silence. But there is a less difficult, more melodic side to this album. Considered by some to be the blueprint for trip-hop, “Stranger” grafts together a version of Satie’s “Gymnopedie No. 1,” West Side Story’s “Somewhere,” and Stewart’s pained/painful crooning. More than this track, however, the most genuinely beautiful and affecting cut on the album is the bass-heavy reworking of Ryuichi Sakamoto and David Sylvian’s “Forbidden Colours” (titled “Forbidden Colour”), which Stewart then deconstructs on the dub version that follows. “Fatal Attraction” moves in a more dance-oriented direction; with its snaking, Moroder-esque disco beat, this track points toward the heavyweight ‘funk grooves Stewart would explore on 1990s Metatron.”

Turn Up The Volume! says: Mark Stewart is one of the last true originals. An artist who never ever compromised. An authentic performer and a restless creator, then and now. From the gloriously wayward funk punk eccentricity of the legendary The Pop Group to his solo achievements. He always explored new soundscapes and questioned, unceasingly, society’s madness and most of all its narcissistic, unworldly leaders. And he still does. Listening to his work is like going on a discovery trip. This album is a damn compelling example of the man’s insatiable hunger for sonic experiment and his constant investigation of humankind’s raison d’être. Ingenious triumph. Experience here…

MARK STEWART: Facebook – Twitter
THE POP GROUP: Website – Facebook

(photo: JL/Turn Up The Volume!)