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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 (eleven 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 (eleven 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 (eleven 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 (ten 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 (nine years ago) Permalink

right now/right now...ugh.

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

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

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

one month passes...

Shit got real

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GIfKqgWPVvk&feature=player_embedded

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

Love that track.

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

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

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

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

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

three weeks pass...

Bump.

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

All about Fire-Power.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

two months pass...

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

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

wrong thread... sorry.

Anyway, when are TNP releasing a new album?

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

four months pass...

Gotta be due, right?

Josh in Chicago, Saturday, 20 May 2017 01:41 (one year 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 (one year ago) Permalink

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

del esdichado (NickB), Saturday, 20 May 2017 06:33 (one year 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 (one year 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 (one year ago) 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 (one year ago) Permalink

one year passes...

okay so...?

Scritti Vanilli - The Word Girl You Know It's True (dog latin), Thursday, 2 August 2018 14:54 (six months ago) Permalink

they posted something on their FB with an orchestra last year but theres been nothing since

. (Michael B), Thursday, 2 August 2018 15:03 (six months ago) Permalink

Damn, got excited with the thread revive

doug watson, Thursday, 2 August 2018 16:20 (six months ago) Permalink

three months pass...

..hibernation almost over.. pic.twitter.com/NhYB5LdnkI

— THESE NEW PURITANS (@TNPs) November 1, 2018

Herb Achelors (NickB), Friday, 2 November 2018 22:53 (three months ago) Permalink

they've been working with david tibet :)

imago, Friday, 2 November 2018 23:51 (three months ago) Permalink

oh this is awesome news
was wondering last week if we'd ever see new music

nxd, Monday, 5 November 2018 10:09 (three months ago) Permalink

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8YWz1PJSGls

ˈʌglɪɪst preɪ, Wednesday, 7 November 2018 21:33 (three months ago) Permalink

that's pretty much as underwhelming as it could have been :/

imago, Wednesday, 7 November 2018 21:38 (three months ago) Permalink

liked it better on second listen, but yeah you don't get a sense of any grand sonic progression from that one song. but that's just the lead track and i'd expect a lot more depth from the album. sounds like you're right about david tibet though

Herb Achelors (NickB), Wednesday, 7 November 2018 22:05 (three months ago) Permalink

I like it - happy to hear the big fuckoff percussion again

wayne trotsky (Simon H.), Thursday, 8 November 2018 04:07 (three months ago) Permalink

I'm keen.

Hey Bob (Scik Mouthy), Thursday, 8 November 2018 14:27 (three months ago) Permalink

cool lil song
dont really see them as a singles band tbh! stoked for this

nxd, Friday, 9 November 2018 09:49 (three months ago) Permalink

I like this but it's probably the only TNP song that feels like it might become cloying in time, Field of Reeds was extremely good at avoiding this. You don't really go to them for sweet little melodies.

Matt DC, Friday, 9 November 2018 10:34 (three months ago) Permalink

I like this. I always found that TNP was sometimes such hard work that the group's music failed to make the impact it could have done if they just reigned it in like 15%.

fields of salmon, Wednesday, 21 November 2018 18:05 (two months ago) Permalink

two months pass...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XH4zDJXybmk
(nsfw warning)

new album Inside the Rose out 22/3

ufo, Tuesday, 29 January 2019 17:21 (two weeks ago) Permalink

and album tracklist:
Infinity Vibraphones
Anti-Gravity
Beyond Black Suns
Inside the Rose
Where the Trees Are on Fire
Into the Fire
Lost Angel
A-R-P
Six

i like this track a lot more than "into the fire"

ufo, Tuesday, 29 January 2019 17:26 (two weeks ago) Permalink

okay i like that new song a lot. it's very bark psychosis i think? must admit that i'm hoping for some more visceral eruptions of horrible violence on the album though to offset all this lush broodiness

my name is leee john, for we are many (NickB), Tuesday, 29 January 2019 20:32 (two weeks ago) Permalink

It's very 'Blue' era late Bark Psychosis, esp how the band sounded live, just before they imploded.

MaresNest, Tuesday, 29 January 2019 20:38 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Predictably wonderful, this song

fgti's romance (flamboyant goon tie included), Tuesday, 29 January 2019 22:24 (two weeks ago) Permalink

i love this

nxd, Wednesday, 30 January 2019 10:52 (two weeks ago) Permalink

sounding very bark psychosis makes sense, graham sutton's producing again i think

ufo, Wednesday, 30 January 2019 11:12 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Not terribly impressed by either new track myself, but I've only listened to them once. I'll wait until the full thing's out to see what their place is in the whole, besides they're probabably growers more than anything

ultros ultros-ghali, Wednesday, 30 January 2019 15:31 (two weeks ago) Permalink

I am also underwhelmed tbh

imago, Wednesday, 30 January 2019 15:41 (two weeks ago) Permalink

I like both new songs. I like that all their albums sound v distinct from each other.

resident hack (Simon H.), Wednesday, 30 January 2019 15:42 (two weeks ago) Permalink

probabably

how and why do i do this

ultros ultros-ghali, Wednesday, 30 January 2019 15:44 (two weeks ago) Permalink

what came to mind when i heard it was the Yves Tumour album so maybe that's why imago is underwhelmed

ufo, Wednesday, 30 January 2019 15:45 (two weeks ago) Permalink

I got a King Krule echo

imago, Wednesday, 30 January 2019 15:45 (two weeks ago) Permalink

If Jack had a better singing voice this band would rule so hard for me but t ain't so, sadly.

MaresNest, Wednesday, 30 January 2019 18:56 (two weeks ago) Permalink

I love both of these songs. I also like that the musical vision is exploring a pendulum that's swinging back in the direction of Hidden.

GDPR vs GAPDY (DJP), Wednesday, 30 January 2019 18:59 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Big Bark Psychosis vibe here too: not so much a track as a passing weather system. Intrigued to hear it in situ.

Good cop, Babcock (Chinaski), Wednesday, 30 January 2019 20:07 (two weeks ago) Permalink

If Jack had a better singing voice this band would rule so hard for me but t ain't so, sadly.

exactly this

Acting Crazy (Instrumental) (jed_), Wednesday, 30 January 2019 20:12 (two weeks ago) Permalink

what came to mind when i heard it was the Yves Tumour album so maybe that's why imago is underwhelmed

― ufo, Wednesday, 30 January 2019 15:45 (two days ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

plot twist: have now listened again to Noid by Yves Tumor and not only heard this comparison very clearly, but FAR preferred the Yves Tumor song, lol

imago, Friday, 1 February 2019 16:56 (two weeks ago) Permalink

I'm listening to a stream of the new album now, and maybe it's the computer speakers or my cold, but it's sort of reminding me of like" Black Celebration" Depeche Mode, weirdly. I mean, def. sounds like TNP, but something kind of industrial about it, less Talk Talk-y? I'm about a third or so in, but need to take a break for other things.

Josh in Chicago, Tuesday, 5 February 2019 22:18 (one week ago) Permalink

that sounds about what i'd expect based on the singles, looking forward to it

ufo, Tuesday, 5 February 2019 22:21 (one week ago) Permalink

Yeah I've heard a promo as well -- really quite excellent.

Ned Raggett, Wednesday, 6 February 2019 05:55 (one week ago) Permalink

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eXHJhrPa0gE

another very nice new track

ufo, Thursday, 7 February 2019 05:32 (one week ago) Permalink


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