Mark Stewart doesn’t want to talk about music. Least of all his own. A
few hours ahead of The Pop Group’s appearance at The Bowery Ballroom in
support of their first record in 35 years, he makes that much clear.
He’s been talking about for decades. He’s bored. It’s not so much
that the musician is a difficult interview as others have suggested,
it’s more a matter of figuring out precisely what he wants to discuss.
Sometimes finding that out is a simple matter of stopping the interview
and asking outright. Tonight it’s politics. “Post-punk secret
agents,” as he lovingly puts it. Contemporaries who have managed to find
their ways into positions of power to help spread the word of
progressive politics. For Stewart, spreading the word of political
disarray means harnessing the power of pop culture press. It’s a
wide-ranging, hour-long conversation that touches on aspects of global
politics, cryptocurrency, popular music and creative inspiration.