The Rebirth of Brilliance

Having traversed through the space-time continuum by means of Jimi Hendrix’s Golden Winged Ship that passed us by, I took solitude in the fact not that what goes around comes around, but what’s good enough comes back.

As luck would have it, we’ve been visited again by the rebirth of something quite unique — The Pop Group’s first album for 35 years in Citizen Zombie.

It’s been a while since the boys from Bristol shared their punky experimental angst but as we so often do, gaze at the night’s inky sky, twinkled with pearls of mysticism, and there doth shine the transcendentalism of our human psyche through the medium of birth as it hurls through timeless portholes, delivering on its way wee packages of unparalleled brilliance.

Here lies The Pop Group’s brilliance: they have procreated little beings of sobering unorthodox musical sunshine to emulisfy over the hazy gut full of conventionality.

Wrapped in the guise of fully conscious free-form jazz and dub-tricked distortion hemmed in by roots of anarchy and bales of funk, surely only providence could have conjured such a passage of enlightenment as this new album does. Its peculiarities of form parade our souls like Jesus on peyote.

Citizen Zombie was recorded at various locations over the past two years, culminating at Paul Epworth’s studio in Crouch End, all intact with original band members Mark Stewart, Dan Catsis, Gareth Sager and Bruce Smith.

“Even I am shocked by the album,” Stewart says. “It really flips the script. Expect the unexpected. Let the freak flag fly.”

For his part, Epworth is equally evoked by the explosive resurgence: “The energy is still there, the idea is still there; it still fizzes with a life that most young bands today just don’t have.”

Citizen Zombie was released on Friday, 23 February via Freaks R Us.