After three long decades of inactivity, Mark Stewart is reviving his former band The Pop Group. Legends from the most confrontational side of the British post-punk and with only two records in their discography - “ Y” (1979) and “ For How Much Longer Do We Tolerate Mass Murder?” (1980), both infectious mixes of punk, dub, funk and industrial noise- they have been referenced as a major influence by artists like Massive Attack, Nine Inch Nails, Atari Teenage Riot, Sonic Youth and LCD Soundsystem. The Pop Group have announced a double revival: the band (so far we haven’t got a clue who will join Stewart) will be touring next Autumn under the ATP umbrella (so far there is only two confirmed dates: September the 18th in Bologna, an two days later in Turin). On top of that there will be a new album, “The Alternate”, expected to be released half way through September. The announcement of their return comes with a brief manifesto: “ Deny the politics of envy. Taste is a form of personal censorship. Technique is the refuge of the insecure. We are The New Banalists.” Illustration by Sardine and Tobleroni .