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The best song ever, and no mention of These New Puritans anywhere on here. How weird.

I first heard it in the Dior Homme F/W 2007 show and fell in love with all 17 minutes of it. Pure comedy watching the fashion crowd trying to restrain the feeling to bop along to it.

Any other fans? Are they a decent live act?

Spinspin Sugah, Monday, 8 October 2007 17:48 (nine years ago) Permalink

I think they're playing at the ICA in London this week (I have never heard this band, but I kept seeing the posters when I was there this past weekend), for what that's worth.

Ben Boyerrr, Monday, 8 October 2007 22:26 (nine years ago) Permalink

four months pass...

Looks like Domino is finally releasing this track as a 12" with a new remix by The Loving Hand. Interesting.

http://www.dominorecordco.us/?page=releases&releaseID=694

PeteyPistol, Saturday, 9 February 2008 18:42 (nine years ago) Permalink

three months pass...

I know it's not exactly fashionable to talk about an English post-punk influenced band in 2008 (has this re-fit gone on longer now than the original post-punk?) but their album is surprisingly good. It reminds me a lot of the 2nd Futureheads album in tone and style. Navigate - Colours is indeed a standout.

paulhw, Friday, 9 May 2008 22:37 (nine years ago) Permalink

one year passes...

Pulled this album back out to play again tonight on a whim and it sounds SO DAMN GOOD right now. Apparently the next one's being recorded right now...

Johnny Fever, Saturday, 27 June 2009 08:10 (seven years ago) Permalink

right now/right now...ugh.

Johnny Fever, Saturday, 27 June 2009 08:10 (seven years ago) Permalink

five months pass...

Heard new single "We Want War" on Marc Riley's show and am now really looking forward to the album.

& other try hard shitfests (jon /via/ chi 2.0), Tuesday, 1 December 2009 17:38 (seven years ago) Permalink

The album's really good. Fucked up brass band, trip hop in parts. This and the Liars album are both special.

Doran, Tuesday, 1 December 2009 17:43 (seven years ago) Permalink

So jealous, two of my most anticipated records of early 2010!

& other try hard shitfests (jon /via/ chi 2.0), Tuesday, 1 December 2009 17:43 (seven years ago) Permalink

Mine too! It's good to see them still standing.

Spinspin Sugah, Tuesday, 1 December 2009 18:59 (seven years ago) Permalink

one month passes...

Shit got real

Jamie_ATP, Monday, 11 January 2010 16:09 (seven years ago) Permalink

Totally love this band, can't wait for the new one. Mutant Fall/Wire/electronica blend with vocals that I really shouldn't like but really works for me.

Gerald McBoing-Boing, Monday, 11 January 2010 16:52 (seven years ago) Permalink

That is an amazing track - might very well render the Massive Attack record (more) redundant.

Simon H., Tuesday, 12 January 2010 15:37 (seven years ago) Permalink

Hidden is a damn good record - takes a while to get its hooks in, though.

Simon H., Tuesday, 26 January 2010 05:13 (seven years ago) Permalink

This is one of the best new albums I've heard in ages.

fields of salmon, Tuesday, 26 January 2010 11:58 (seven years ago) Permalink

Agreed. Very good - I'm going to have to spend a while figuring it out - one of those type albums. Quite mindblowing in places. If you think We Want War is good, check out Three Thousand off the album.

Treblekicker, Tuesday, 26 January 2010 14:10 (seven years ago) Permalink

Can't wait to hear this, but unfortunately it isn't out til March here in the States.

you gone float up with it (jon /via/ chi 2.0), Tuesday, 26 January 2010 14:27 (seven years ago) Permalink

One thing—and I feel so bad that it's the first thing I thought about when I heard this album—I just wish the horns had been given more time to rehearse. There's something about the performance that sounds like they're sightreading it. On the Talk Talk records where the horns are deliberately strained sounding you can just tell it took them six months' worth of editing to arrive at. You just wish TNPS had that kind of budget and time.

But thankfully they've basically ditched all the vestigial nu-UK-post-punk-dance stuff that you could tell on the last record they didn't quite know how to reach beyond.

For whatever insane reason this record also reminds me of Coil covering Tears for Fears songs. Ha ha I don't know if I can even explain that.

fields of salmon, Tuesday, 26 January 2010 14:45 (seven years ago) Permalink

"Coil covering Tears For Fears" - that's brilliant.

Quick observations after my initial listen:
- I concur that it's a grower of a record, whereas the debut was utterly immediate.
- They seem to use the particular badoom-doom drum sound far too often.
- The lead singer has learned how to sing since the debut, and I'm not sure that's a good thing as I loved his wilfully amateurish vocals. Having said that, he sings far less on "Hidden".

Gerald McBoing-Boing, Tuesday, 26 January 2010 16:35 (seven years ago) Permalink

Haven't heard the other record, but there's some pretty damned amateurish vocals on "White Chords."

Simon H., Tuesday, 26 January 2010 16:53 (seven years ago) Permalink

Love that track.

fields of salmon, Tuesday, 26 January 2010 16:55 (seven years ago) Permalink

"Drum Courts" is killing me right now, love this album.

you gone float up with it (jon /via/ chi 2.0), Tuesday, 9 February 2010 03:56 (seven years ago) Permalink

it's been a while that indie music has challenged me like this album does

saaberonixx (baaderonixx), Sunday, 21 February 2010 09:47 (seven years ago) Permalink

Can't wait to hear this, but unfortunately it isn't out til March here in the States.

Out today. Probably gonna pick this up on the strength of what I've heard, various YouTube songs and so forth.

I just wish he hadn't adopted the "ilxor" moniker (ilxor), Tuesday, 2 March 2010 23:10 (seven years ago) Permalink

Got impatient and acquired it anyway. Will probably buy when I have the funds again though, because I absolutely love it.

you gone float up with it (jon /via/ chi 2.0), Tuesday, 2 March 2010 23:12 (seven years ago) Permalink

one month passes...

Wau at track I'd say: this album is actually a proper Thing!

anatol_merklich, Friday, 16 April 2010 21:38 (seven years ago) Permalink

"at track 6 I'd say", sorry.

anatol_merklich, Friday, 16 April 2010 21:38 (seven years ago) Permalink

three months pass...

to say that this album is utterly underwhelming after 'we want war' is an understatement

it's like 'hey we had one song that insidiously and skillfully built up the tension to an awesome climax - and a load of other songs that bashed around with loud drums for a bit and didn't develop at all!'

RIP la petite mort (acoleuthic), Tuesday, 20 July 2010 16:34 (six years ago) Permalink

well, "5" is really good as well. but the rest can hang.

RIP la petite mort (acoleuthic), Tuesday, 20 July 2010 16:36 (six years ago) Permalink

no one in america has ever heard this band

the food has a top snake of 1 (ulillillia), Tuesday, 20 July 2010 17:36 (six years ago) Permalink

Hi I live in America and like this band a lot.

he's always been a bit of an anti-climb Max (jon /via/ chi 2.0), Tuesday, 20 July 2010 17:37 (six years ago) Permalink

Yeah, me too. And while I find the new album pales in comparison to the debut, it has grown on me. But we may see it as classic sophomore slump in the future.

Gerald McBoing-Boing, Tuesday, 20 July 2010 19:25 (six years ago) Permalink

So if I were to have to choose between seeing this band and Fucked Up, I should see Fucked Up.

NB. I like Fucked Up but have seen them before, and I was curious about TNP because lots of people around here seem to like them.

a fucking stove just fell on my foot. (Colonel Poo), Tuesday, 20 July 2010 19:27 (six years ago) Permalink

Saw them live in 2008 (American here!) and even though me and one other person were the only ones who knew the lyrics to the songs, it was still a very BIG, fun performance. George kills it on the drums and is very fun to look at.

Loverboy (Spinspin Sugah), Tuesday, 20 July 2010 19:43 (six years ago) Permalink

nobody has answered my criticisms of the album

'we want war' is one of the best songs of the last few months, but nothing else (apart from '5') lives up to it

RIP la petite mort (acoleuthic), Tuesday, 20 July 2010 19:45 (six years ago) Permalink

nobody has answered my criticisms of the album

Nothing to answer, really, as I more or less agree with you.

Gerald McBoing-Boing, Tuesday, 20 July 2010 23:22 (six years ago) Permalink

I don't mind going to bat for these guys. Don't think that Hidden is as one dimensional as LJ has portrayed it. Sure there's repetition of certain themes and sounds, but they're being pulled into different shapes track by track and that's what makes it all hang together as an album IMO. Like those drums - yeah, they're always loud and militaristic, but sometimes they're banging out brute hip-hop-ish beats, other times they're more like some sort of ceremonial music by Purcell, like from one of his marches or something. It ends up suggesting this weird mix of current and historical tensions. Same with stuff like that sword sound that keeps popping up. Is it a Wu-Tang reference? Or is some sort of medievalist shit going on? (I love that sound btw, it's probably a bit naff throwing it in there as this signifier of menace, but I think it really works as a sound in itself. Kind of reminiscent of the way that Ben Frost used the howling wolves on his album last year in that respect?)

Odd that you picked up on the closing track, '5', because that's the one track that I couldn't imagine listening to outside of the context of the preceding tracks. Love the way it start out with those Vespertine-ish chimes, but then the woodwinds start playing what sounds like the same melody they played in 'Canticle' and then there's that choral melody that creeps in that seems to be looking back at 'Orion', but it's a lot more muted this time round. Give it a few more listens as a whole, cos things will start falling into place a bit better then.

WOOD! GOBLINS! (NickB), Wednesday, 21 July 2010 22:14 (six years ago) Permalink

BTW:

16 July 2010

Big News:

ĦỊĐĐỂŅ LIVE

This winter, These New Puritans present ‘Hidden Live’ – a chance to to witness the album
performed, as it was recorded, with 15-piece brass and woodwind ensemble, multiple
prepared-pianos, live Foley techniques, taiko drums and more; the orchestra will be
conducted by André de Ridder (Gorillaz, Monkey). Following on from the debut per-
formance at London’s Barbican Centre in October with the Britten Sinfonia there will follow
shows at the the Pompidou Centre, Paris, and Crossing Border Festival, Den Hague with more
to be announced in the coming weeks.

WOOD! GOBLINS! (NickB), Wednesday, 21 July 2010 22:17 (six years ago) Permalink

two months pass...

Thanks Nick. They were exactly how I wanted them to be.

The baby boomers have defined everything once and for all (Dorianlynskey), Friday, 8 October 2010 16:51 (six years ago) Permalink

Extremely good article -- got me interested in the band singlehandedly!

Ned Raggett, Friday, 8 October 2010 17:09 (six years ago) Permalink

three weeks pass...

Bump.

Captain Ostensible (Scik Mouthy), Friday, 29 October 2010 05:21 (six years ago) Permalink

All about Fire-Power.

Captain Ostensible (Scik Mouthy), Friday, 29 October 2010 05:46 (six years ago) Permalink

The music's pretty interesting, but the singing reminds me of Audio Bullys. Also could do with some metal guitars here and there.

A brownish area with points (chap), Wednesday, 10 November 2010 12:28 (six years ago) Permalink

I'm very, very glad at the absence of metal guitars.

Captain Ostensible (Scik Mouthy), Wednesday, 10 November 2010 12:35 (six years ago) Permalink

^ see the last paragraph of Dorian's piece linked above

Harrison Buttwhistle (NickB), Wednesday, 10 November 2010 12:36 (six years ago) Permalink

But yeah, I could see how they might work in a Young Gods or Tricky 'Black Steel' way.

Harrison Buttwhistle (NickB), Wednesday, 10 November 2010 12:38 (six years ago) Permalink

There are just a couple of drops that could use a bit more oomph, and some nice crunchy guitars would do it for me.

A brownish area with points (chap), Wednesday, 10 November 2010 12:39 (six years ago) Permalink

two weeks pass...

Man I really slept on this record this year. Amazing stuff, it's like Mezzanine-era Massive Attack meets Nine Inch Nails meets MIA meets Benjamin Britten meets a really half-arsed singer.

Actually, the vocals are fine if you think of them as imitation 3D or Karl Hyde or someone. But yeah, kind of stunned that anyone would even try and make an album like this, let alone pull it off.

Matt DC, Thursday, 25 November 2010 11:10 (six years ago) Permalink

Also I would like to hear Dan Perry's opinion on this.

Matt DC, Thursday, 25 November 2010 11:12 (six years ago) Permalink

maybe an homage to the last scott walker album?

reggie (qualmsley), Monday, 27 January 2014 16:32 (three years ago) Permalink

Only ever heard "Fragment Two" but this suggests I need to hear the album:

"Been listening to this a lot again, it matches this bad weather well. Had it on my headphones when I ran in to work this morning over wet boggy fields. Played it again this evening on a windy run along the seafront where the storm-thrown shingle has covered the paths and buried benches and a swathe of seaweed had started to encroach on city streets. I want to think of it as sort of the estaurine phase of a flow of dank music that goes from the high moors of Richard Skelton, through the wet autumnal hills of Hood and all the way down to the sublittoral kelp beds of Robert Wyatt's Rock Bottom."

djh, Wednesday, 29 January 2014 19:33 (three years ago) Permalink

maybe an homage to the last scott walker album?

― reggie (qualmsley), Monday, January 27, 2014 4:32 PM (2 days ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

Funny you should say that, but there's a track 'Nothing Else' which segues really well with 'Cue' off the Drift. Evidence: http://www.mixcloud.com/doglatin/give-thanks-some-recent-listening-jan-2014/

doglato dozzy (dog latin), Wednesday, 29 January 2014 20:10 (three years ago) Permalink

Made the EOY top 20, barring ridiculousness - good result tbh, even if the album is (imo) patchy in its brilliance

in fact, do read if you hate me (imago), Wednesday, 29 January 2014 20:13 (three years ago) Permalink

a rekindled love affair with it late in the year meant i voted for it at -gasp- NUMBER ONE

keiji cretins (NickB), Wednesday, 29 January 2014 20:22 (three years ago) Permalink

djh i think you would get a lot out of this record btw

keiji cretins (NickB), Wednesday, 29 January 2014 20:36 (three years ago) Permalink

Intriguing. What makes you say that?

djh, Wednesday, 29 January 2014 21:49 (three years ago) Permalink

confluence of boomkat classical and hood/hollis strands. well not at all really, but not too far away from such a concept

keiji cretins (NickB), Wednesday, 29 January 2014 22:07 (three years ago) Permalink

makes sense. i had one of those odd moments where i was pondering if known off-web.

djh, Wednesday, 29 January 2014 22:11 (three years ago) Permalink

haha no, i think your veil of mystery remains unrent

keiji cretins (NickB), Wednesday, 29 January 2014 22:15 (three years ago) Permalink

Phew. Thought I'd been rumbled. Album ordered!

djh, Thursday, 30 January 2014 18:04 (three years ago) Permalink

Hmm.

djh, Saturday, 1 February 2014 20:55 (three years ago) Permalink

one month passes...

this "live" video has got me so hyped for their US shows: http://pitchfork.com/news/54274-these-new-puritans-share-live-island-song-video-announce-tour/

chive on you crazy diamond (diamonddave85), Monday, 10 March 2014 16:16 (three years ago) Permalink

Oh man, I definitely have to see them when they come to Chicago, it's gonna be mind blowing I 'm sure.

ruth rendell writing as (askance johnson), Monday, 10 March 2014 18:10 (three years ago) Permalink

one month passes...

Anyone else go to the Barbican show last night? What did you think?

It's Pablum Time with (NickB), Friday, 18 April 2014 13:01 (three years ago) Permalink

Sounded amazing -- utterly jealous here.

Ned Raggett, Friday, 18 April 2014 13:13 (three years ago) Permalink

I went and it was amazing - full choir, string section, brass and wind, just Barnett and the fado singer at the front, they played the album in order and then came back with an encore of new songs (like the last album but better) and Hidden-era stuff. We Want War was astonishing with so many musicians on stage.

They had two bass singers with proper, proper deep voices as well, I've never heard anything like it.

Matt DC, Friday, 18 April 2014 16:17 (three years ago) Permalink

Inexplicably two local ish shows. I've heard ticket sales are sluggish, which I suppose makes sense.

Josh in Chicago, Friday, 18 April 2014 16:56 (three years ago) Permalink

Yes, the basso profundo guys were terrific, the way they were deployed with that omnious rumble they were making kind of reminded me of what? that last Sunn O))) album perhaps? Great show overall - I did wonder how it was going to work out when they lurched into Fragment Two and the bass and drums locked into that groove in a really buoyant and overly enthusiastic way that maybe left the conductor struggling to get the strings & brass up to speed but that was such an exciting moment anyhow. After that I thought everything was really well integrated, and it was great to actually see who was making what sounds. Percussionist was a hard working guy, kind of disappointed that the glass-smashing moment wasn't all that - saw him get his goggles on and go behind a perspex screen to do it, but didn't actually hear anything happen. If I had any real gripes it would be that I became increasingly aware that Barnett does rely on using the same sonic tricks over and over - the purple-green-blue bruise hues in the brass and winds, the flugelhorn coming in somewhat predictably at the most emotive moments - but it's still for me an incredible thing he's achieved. Agree that We Want War was excellent, like Get Ur Freak On meets Benjamin Britten.

It's Pablum Time with (NickB), Friday, 18 April 2014 17:40 (three years ago) Permalink

Also weird to see Bob Geldof in the audience, not just cos of the timing but more cos I wouldn't have thought it would be his sort of thing. Hope he got something out of it anyway, all things considered.

It's Pablum Time with (NickB), Friday, 18 April 2014 17:43 (three years ago) Permalink

Very, very jealous.

i reject your shiny expensive consumerist stereo system (Scik Mouthy), Friday, 18 April 2014 18:11 (three years ago) Permalink

two weeks pass...

Band was great last night playing to a ridiculously small crowd. Really struck by how exotic, for lack of a better word, it comes off live. Less Talk Talk, more like a Central Asian Radiohead.

Have we talked at all about how the drummer is literally a male model? Not the day job I expected.

Josh in Chicago, Sunday, 4 May 2014 20:35 (three years ago) Permalink

yeah great show on sat. kinda wished i'd seen em the night before too

the field of reeds stuff was just incredible and the earlier stuff that i'm unfamiliar with sounded a bit like an aggro dead can dance or something (and was awesome)

diamonddave85‌ (diamonddave85), Monday, 5 May 2014 19:04 (three years ago) Permalink

big lols at the dude in the crowd who said "FINALLY they play something good" when they played some non-fields of reeds stuff. apologies in advance if this was an ilx0r

diamonddave85‌ (diamonddave85), Monday, 5 May 2014 19:06 (three years ago) Permalink

The drummer is also literally the singer's twin; interesting genetic division there.

i reject your shiny expensive consumerist stereo system (Scik Mouthy), Tuesday, 6 May 2014 10:19 (three years ago) Permalink

Fraternal twin. Drummer got the looks ...

Josh in Chicago, Tuesday, 6 May 2014 11:52 (three years ago) Permalink

Josh in Chicago, Tuesday, 6 May 2014 11:53 (three years ago) Permalink

four months pass...

hello people of the world wide web,
we've made a new record,
'E-X-P-A-N-D-E-D Live at the Barbican',
a record of us and 32 other musicians playing massive rearrangements of 'Field of Reeds' & 'HIDDEN' +new music,
its available for pre-order now,
theres a preview below,
enjoy,
gb+TNP--X

http://www.thesenewpuritans.com/expanded/

Oct 20th

mthrn, Monday, 8 September 2014 17:24 (two years ago) Permalink

Excited.

a proclamation of tortoise intent (ultros ultros-ghali), Monday, 8 September 2014 18:07 (two years ago) Permalink

Finally! Something to look forward to.

Cousin Slappy, Monday, 8 September 2014 18:43 (two years ago) Permalink

You can stream a preview mix of the track snippets, as well as "We Want War" on their Soundcloud:
https://soundcloud.com/these-new-puritans

mthrn, Monday, 8 September 2014 20:53 (two years ago) Permalink

flippin' eck. it's like all my favourite acts are releasing music in sept/oct this year.

monoprix à dimanche (dog latin), Tuesday, 9 September 2014 09:35 (two years ago) Permalink

Care to share your list? If the new Death Blues album isn't yet included, it probably should be.

doug watson, Wednesday, 10 September 2014 02:21 (two years ago) Permalink

Aphex, Sunn O))) & Scott, now this, although not sure if I'll shell out for a vinyl copy as I already have Field of Reeds on record.

monoprix à dimanche (dog latin), Wednesday, 10 September 2014 09:39 (two years ago) Permalink

one year passes...

considering ultros' comparison of the new radiohead to field of reeds, well i anticipated that comparison and listened to this again yesterday. it's so good. when are they coming back ffs?

And the cry rang out all o'er the town / Good Heavens! Tay is down (imago), Tuesday, 10 May 2016 20:28 (one year ago) Permalink

I absolutely loved it when it first came out but hearing it recently I thought it got a bit flabby and samey towards the end with a strong closer. I definitely reckon they have a world-destroying classic in them though, especially as I think every album so far has been a huge leap foward. I hope they've gone to ground because they're working on something.

ultros ultros-ghali, Tuesday, 10 May 2016 20:53 (one year ago) Permalink

i guess your opinion of the closing run-in depends on whether you think 'nothing else' is amazing; fortunately i do

And the cry rang out all o'er the town / Good Heavens! Tay is down (imago), Tuesday, 10 May 2016 20:54 (one year ago) Permalink

yeah it was a trip when it came out but now I only listen to it for certain moments that I like.

TARANTINO! (dog latin), Tuesday, 10 May 2016 23:53 (one year ago) Permalink

Don't get me wrong I like every track individually but it does and up wallowing and drifting a lot esp. during the latter half, and I think it could've done with more art-pop sort of tracks like Fragment 2 to break it up.

ultros ultros-ghali, Wednesday, 11 May 2016 18:33 (one year ago) Permalink

That was always my issue with it. Still think it's s great piece of work, I just love their drums n synths n noise bits so much I wish there were more.

Hey Bob (Scik Mouthy), Wednesday, 11 May 2016 18:55 (one year ago) Permalink

two months pass...

Wait... I don't remember Haim winning this?

TARANTINO! (dog latin), Tuesday, 2 August 2016 10:19 (nine months ago) Permalink

wrong thread... sorry.

Anyway, when are TNP releasing a new album?

TARANTINO! (dog latin), Tuesday, 2 August 2016 10:21 (nine months ago) Permalink

Listening to the Expanded concert at the Barbican. Really good, but so close to the record, it might as well be the same thing.

TARANTINO! (dog latin), Tuesday, 2 August 2016 10:22 (nine months ago) Permalink

five months pass...

Anyway, when are TNP releasing a new album?

― TARANTINO! (dog latin), Tuesday, August 2, 2016 11:21 AM (five months ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

Lennon, Elvis, Hendrix etc (dog latin), Monday, 16 January 2017 14:31 (four months ago) Permalink

four months pass...

Gotta be due, right?

Josh in Chicago, Saturday, 20 May 2017 01:41 (six days ago) Permalink

have been listening to field of reeds lately, oddly calming music for these shitty times. need to revisit 'hidden' really - will be interesting to hear how that sounds now given the ever deepening fractures in our sense of national identity and the general backwards trend towards some sort of atavistic spite and stupidity.

del esdichado (NickB), Saturday, 20 May 2017 06:26 (six days ago) Permalink

And yes, it will be fascinating to hear their next move

del esdichado (NickB), Saturday, 20 May 2017 06:33 (six days ago) Permalink

Field of Reeds is really underrated, at least here. It's a pretty incredible album, but when I saw the band here behind it it was in a half empty small club.

Josh in Chicago, Saturday, 20 May 2017 15:59 (six days ago) Permalink

Heh, seems J Barnett did some church organing for Nurse With Wound in Berlin a few weeks back. Never thought about that as a connection myself, but it sort of makes sense, or at least does not obviously make not sense.

anatol_merklich, Thursday, 25 May 2017 19:50 (yesterday) Permalink

jack played the organ on some recent current 93 records and he played in the live band too when i saw them, so he is connected to that whole sphere

del esdichado (NickB), Thursday, 25 May 2017 20:27 (yesterday) Permalink


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