One member of the outfit will be appearing at a one-off gig this weekend.
The Popular People's Front are responsible for a series of limited edition vinyl releases, issuing sought after 12-inches on their own imprint since the mid-'00s. The performance at the city's Good God Small Club venue this Saturday night is the brand's first Australian appearance, and will give local punters a rare chance to catch one of disco's most subversive personalities. We tracked down the elusive member who'll be DJing on the night to talk about the group's anonymity, their love of vinyl, and what they reckon to Australia's musical heritage.
You're touring Australia soon. What have you heard about the country, musically?
I'm a huge fan of Midnight Oil, Men At Work, INXS and Severed Heads. Friends and such have kept me in the loop about good parties out there, and we get a lot of feedback from DJs and radio who are really into the PPF vibe.
Would it be inappropriate to ask you to explain the reason for your anonymity? If not, could you?
Faceless dance music is very important, especially in this age of overexposed mediocrity. We just wanted music fans, DJs and clubbers to meet the music on even terms, without any preconceptions or clues.
Tell us why you've decided stay well clear of releasing music digitally?
It seems to be the favoured format for largely throwaway music, but mainly because we love records, lovely record sleeves, the smell of vinyl basements and the more personal communication achieved by peddling a tangible format. Naturally, this means people rip off our ripped off music, which is something of a dilemma.
How selective are you when it comes to gigs, and where you choose to play?
Pretty selective, we're not so big on compromise—not that we're disco bores—but you know, it's about having a likeminded and open-minded crowd to bounce off; people who recognise party music regardless of genre, tempo, etc.
PPF vinyl is often exceptionally hard to get hold of in Australia. Any chance you'll you bringing stock along on tour?
Haha! Despite having waxed on (sorry) about vinyl, I'm only allowed to bring CDs on this trip, due to baggage weight restrictions. Sorry to hear we're hard to pick up out there – I feel wholly responsible for that. But like Jimmy Cliff says, "You Can Get It If You Really Want".