The Cherry Red expanded reissues of both Box Frenzy and Now For A Feast are now available to pre-order on the Rough Trade website:
in 1987, pop will eat itself surprised the independent music world by morphing overnight from two minute, three chord indie pop wonders into hip-hop rock crossover pioneers. years ahead of their time, pwei produced ‘box frenzy’, a furious mix of beatboxes, metal riffs, mc ing and pop songs. featuring the notorious ‘beaver patrol’ single, and the hugely successful ‘there is no love between us anymore’, the album brought the band a whole new audience and opened them up to as much praise as it did ridicule amongst a perplexed music press. produced with the band’s assistance and approval, and featuring three never before heard home demos and three rare, never before on cd tracks, as well as an extensive sleeve essay, sleeve notes from keyboardist / guitarist adam mole and a wealth of unseen photographs, press clippings and so on, this release is a treasure trove for fans and collectors alike. this package is the second in a series of cherry red pop will eat itself reissues, which will take in the band’s entire catalogue, tell their story and see the release of dozens of unreleased, rare and never before on cd tracks.
in 1986, pop will eat itself burst onto the uk and european independent scene with a flurry of energetic, punk infused singles, including their self pressed and distributed debut, ‘poppies say grrrrr!’ and others released by chapter 22. during that year they became mainstays of the uk music press and blazed a trail towards the hip-hop tinged direction they would take with their second album, ‘box frenzy’. this set charts this first year of the band’s career, including seven previously unheard demos and live cuts from the band’s own archives and a number of later b-sides. including a previously unreleased song (‘summer girl’), early incarnations of tracks re-recorded and released in later years and demos of the impossible to find debut ep by wild and wandering (the name the band operated under before becoming pwei), this really is a treasure trove for fans and collectors. produced with full co-operation and support from the band members, and including both an essay and sleeve-notes from keyboardist / guitarist adam mole, as well as never before seen archive shots and press clippings, this package is the first in a series of cherry red pop will eat itself reissues which will take in the band’s entire catalogue, tell their story and see the release of dozens of unreleased, rare and never before on cd tracks.