Innovator, political visionary and maverick scoundrel, Mark Stewart, the sometime frontman post punk classic band, The Pop Group has a free mp3 download of his new single to listen to.
If you go to the Mark Stewart website the download is waiting for you now. Nothing Is Sacred isn’t actually on the album. It’s a bonus track, the AA side of the limited 7″ he did for Black Friday (the A was “Children of the Revolution”).
The upcoming solo album, The Politics of Envy, which is due out 26th March and features what seems like the definitive list of post punk musical movers and shakers from Clash/PiL guitarist Keith Levene, NYC punk innovator Richard Hell, Lee ”ËScratch’ Perry, Gina Birch of the Raincoats, Slits bassist Tessa Pollitt, Jesus And Mary Chain bassist Douglas Hart, Factory Floor, Daddy G of Massive Attack and all of Primal Scream.
The single is the best thing he’s done for years, a brilliantly danceable crush collison between electro and punk funk that somehow captures the intensity and ideas of the past with the fast forward to the future.
With a direct reflection on the post Arab Spring meltdown the music is a soundtrack to these revolutionary times- times that Stweart himslef was predicting all those years ago in the Pop Group. If there was ever anyone better qualified to capture these meltdown times than Mark Stewart i would be very surprised.
The single is heavy, twisted and quite brilliant, oh and you can dance to it as well.
Vanity Kills kicks off the resulting LP with cult film-maker Kenneth Anger on Theremin, plus Richard Hell and Bristol new blood Kahn. Followed by Autonomia, featuring Bobby Gillespie’s frenetic call-and-response chant with Stewart, who wrote the song about Carlo Giuliani, killed at the 2001 G8 demonstrations in Genoa. Lee ”ËScratch’ Perry guests on Gang War, spitting diamonds, with Tessa Pollitt blanketing the dense, heavyweight urban dubscape, before Stewart takes us into the slo-mo coldwave of Codex. Joined by Factory Floor and Youth for Want, Stewart then hits us with the album’s fine example of 21st-century schizoid wall of sound Gustav Says.
Railing against “corporate cocksuckers”Â and declaring “sanity sucks”Â on the cool disco electro Baby Bourgeois, we’re then taken into the huge, seething synth-crawl of Method to the Madness, providing one of the album’s atmospheric highlights, gouging beyond industrial or dubstep to create a frightening new take on modern mood music. Daddy G’s unmistakable deep-throat intonations make the perfect garnish for the bleak, heaving whale of a tune, that is Apocalypse Hotel. Being mutual fans of their work, Stewart gives us his version of David Bowie’s Letter to Hermione, now a spookily-orchestrated, beat-less lament. Stewart turns on the light and lets Keith Levene unleash some of his inimitable metal guitar jangle on Stereotype. They are joined by Factory Floor and Gina Birch on this slice of gorgeously-melancholic brilliance, an effortless modern pop classic, which provides the perfect end to this intoxicatingly provocative set of songs.
Continuing an unmatchable track record of anarchic pioneering and seismic influence, Mark Stewart is back with his eighth album and what must be his most high profile project to date, reasserting him as one of the great volcanic creative minds.