You think of pyramids and you think monumental. Complicated structures, hugely symbolic and – most of all – impossible to ignore. You think of a beat pyramid and the concept makes your brain kind of explode.
Early this year These New Puritans released their debut full length of exactly that name on Domino Records. On Domino Beat Pyramid compliments a catalogue that includes Animal Collective, Bonde Do Role, Franz Ferdinand, Robert Wyatt – a variety of artists with the one common theme: amazing, each in their own way.
From Southend-on-Sea, a city with negligible music pedigree, These New Puritans benefit from the inherited clean slate. The four piece (twin brothers Jack, vocals, guitar, and George, drums, tapes, percussion, plus Thomas, bass, sampler, and Sophie, synthesizers) create something that is as much Sheffield synth as it is indie canon, beats and post-punk. Somehow there’s still room in there for frontman Jack Barnett’s description: dancehall meets Steve Reich.
Which is weird. But compelling. And highly contagious.
These New Puritans deliver a patchwork of sounds that makes Reich meets dancehall sound natural. For the first time in their two year existence they’ll be making their way to Australia, and building their Beat Pyramid live. We could quote you some NME hype but there’s no point: These New Puritans are the band that’s going to outlive the hype and welcome you to the fold.
Popfrenzy Presents THESE NEW PURITANS Co-presented by Groupie Mag, TwoThousand and ThreeThousand
Tuesday August 12 Oxford Art Factory (Sydney) with Lost Valentinos and Traps
Thursday August 14 The Prince Bandroom (Melbourne) with Young & Restless and Bachelor of Arts
Pre-sales for both shows available from Moshtix outlets, www.moshtix.com.au or 1300 GET TIX (433 849) Tickets on sale Friday June 13
Beat Pyramid is out now on Domino Recordings / EMI Records