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Britain’s These New Puritans work in a groove, filling it with buzzing, clanging guitar, vibrating bass, and shouted vocals, relying on repetition and momentum to build to a suitable climax. Unlike The Fall, where Mark E. Smith is known for unpredictability and thorny curveballs, TNP’s songs stay the course, arriving at their final destination with few real surprises. That works too, as tracks like “Elvis” and “Colours” simply steamroll the listener into submission with relentless bass and drums that churn and chug, singer Jack Barnett barking vocals like a drill sergeant. The band also employs tape loops and samplers, adding an electro-garage foundation to many tracks:  “Numerology” is cleaner, bristling with nervous energy and occasional gurgles of digital tickles, and “£4” is a celebration of looped noise and rhythm. “Navigate/Colours” borrows from their skittish “Navigate Navigate” 12”, and flows and swoops gracefully before succumbing to a powerful loop in the last minute, while “Doppelganger” is a soothing, ambient ride.  “En Papier” is a nod, one must assume, to Colin Newman and the fantastic work of Wire, a band you should immediately seek out if you don’t know them already.

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New, Raw, Garage Wonderful

No bubble gum juke box crap. This trio is solid through and through. Sound samples slither in and out of songs that haven't been heard since PIL (only Puritans do it with affirmation). Right when you fear the dance club music vibe, they blast into chorus or break down to simplicty and build it back up. It sounds like Great Britain's answer to the uniqueness of NYC's Vampire Weekend. It's definitely punk but with awsome layers and a hint of retro. I look forward to their live show - i heard their SBSW appearence was excellent- perhaps Bonnaroo '08?


One of the coolest bands around-listen to Numbers, Colours, Elvis, the whole album is strong-just saw them at SXSW and they can really rock a room-their video for Elvis is great-love everything about this band.

Weird but...

kind of cool at the same time. Definitely something I had to listen to a few times before liking it.


Formed: 2006 in Southend, England

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Hailing from the town of Southend, England, the four-piece These New Puritans play Fall- and PiL-inspired music that also takes on elements of electronica and dance. Comprised of vocalist Jack Barnett (who also plays the guitar and laptop), his twin brother and drummer George, keyboardist Sophie Sleigh-Johnson, and bassist (and man behind the sampler) Thomas Hein, the band formed in 2006, when all the members were still in their teens. Their edgy aesthetic and particular live show (Jack, for example,...
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