These New Puritans

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These New Puritans
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Background information
Origin Southend-on-Sea, England,
United Kingdom
Genres Post-punk (early), art rock, post-rock, neo-classical music
Years active 2006–present
Labels Infectious Music
Angular / Domino (former)
Website Official website
Members Jack Barnett
George Barnett
Thomas Hein
Past members Sophie Sleigh-Johnson (2006–2012)

These New Puritans are a music group/band from the Southend-on-Sea area of England, United Kingdom. It consists mainly of Jack Barnett (songwriter, producer, vocalist, multi-instrumentalist), his twin brother George Barnett (drums, metallophone, loops) and Thomas Hein (sampler, keyboards, percussion, bass). Sophie Sleigh-Johnson (keyboards, sampler) was an active member of TNP between 2006 and 2010. They have recorded three albums, Beat Pyramid, released in 2008, Hidden, released in 2010, and Field of Reeds, which was released on 10 June 2013.


In a 2008 interview, Jack Barnett said that hip hop ensemble Wu-Tang Clan, especially member RZA,[1] influenced the first album Beat Pyramid.[2] Other inspirations include the electronic music of Aphex Twin and the cartoon series The Smurfs.[1] At the time, Artrocker described These New Puritans as sounding like "Sheffield and Berlin synths, '90s alt rock Sonic Youth and Yo La Tengo drones, Underworld beats; and all in the most contemporary of contexts".[citation needed] Although unusual for a rock group, the band often incorporates the same section of music into different songs as refrains.[3]

Before their second album Hidden was released, Barnett revealed that he had been writing music for bassoon and stated that the aim was for a final product where "dancehall meets Steve Reich".[4] In a 2010 interview with Paul Morley, Barnett described These New Puritans' new material on Hidden as "very 1970, but also quite 1610, 1950, 1979, 1989, 2005 and 2070".[5] When performing live during the Hidden era they were often accompanied by a five-piece brass-woodwind ensemble.[6] In 2010 they performed a series of full live performances of Hidden (featuring a brass-woodwind ensemble, Taiko drums, children's choir, three vibraphonists and live Foley techniques) entitled Hidden Live, at venues such as the Barbican Centre (featuring the Britten Sinfonia), the Pompidou Centre and Berghain.[7][8] In a May 2010 interview with C.B.Liddell, Jack Barnett revealed that he was interested in Melanesian music and that he anticipated that the next TNPS album would be "quieter."[9] In 2010 the song 'We Want War' featured on the Assassin's Creed Brotherhood soundtrack.[10] Towards the end of 2012 the band remixed "Mutual Core" by Björk, which featured on the remix album Bastards.[11]

In June 2013 they released their third album, Field of Reeds, which featured jazz singer Elisa Rodrigues.[12]


TNPS worked with designer Hedi Slimane and recorded the song "Navigate, Navigate" for the Dior Homme Hiver 2007 show. Both the music and the collection received positive reviews.[13] The band members also took part in an art/dance performance at the Palais de Tokyo in Paris for the after-show of the Stage of the Art.


Studio albums[edit]


  • "Now Pluvial" (30 October 2006) – 7"[14]
  • "Navigate, Navigate" (21 May 2007) – 12"/Digital download[15]
  • "Numbers"/"Colours" (5 November 2007) – 7"[16]
  • "Elvis" (21 January 2008) – 7"/CD[17]
  • "Swords of Truth" (5 May 2008) – 7"/12"/Digital Download[18]
  • "We Want War" (11 January 2010) – 10"/Digital Download
  • "Attack Music" (12 April 2010) – Digital Download
  • "Hologram" (26 July 2010)


These New Puritans have contributed songs to the following CD compilations:

  • "Chamber" – Digital Penetration (September 2006)
  • "I Want to Be Tracey Emin" – Future Love Songs (December 2006)
  • "Elvis" (demo) – Dance Floor Distortion (December 2006)
  • "Colours" – 2000 Trees: Cider Smiles Vol. 1 (Hide and Seek Records, June 2008)


  1. ^ a b "Blogs". Rolling Stone. 4 December 2009. Retrieved 23 May 2011. 
  2. ^ Photos by Harley Weir (2 March 2010). "Best of What's Next: These New Puritans :: Features :: Paste". Retrieved 23 May 2011. 
  3. ^ "Merry Swankster: May 2008 Archives". Archived from the original on 23 June 2009. Retrieved 2016-02-07. 
  4. ^ "Music – Review of These New Puritans – Hidden". BBC. Retrieved 23 May 2011. 
  5. ^ "Paul Morley talks to These New Puritans". The Guardian. London. 22 January 2010. Retrieved 25 May 2010. 
  6. ^ "These New Puritans – "Hologram" | Vice Music Blog". 11 February 2010. Retrieved 23 May 2011. 
  7. ^ "These New Puritans with the Britten Sinfonia + Darkstar". Barbican. 23 October 2010. Retrieved 2 July 2013. 
  8. ^ Dorian Lynskey (24 October 2010). "These New Puritans with the Britten Sinfonia – review | Music". London: The Guardian. Retrieved 2 July 2013. 
  9. ^ "Arts & Entertainment | These New Puritans". Metropolis. 20 May 2010. Retrieved 23 May 2011. 
  10. ^ Retrieved 15 November 2013.  Missing or empty |title= (help)[dead link]
  11. ^ "Stream Björk's Biophilia Remix Album With Death Grips, Hudson Mohawke, These New Puritans, More | News". Pitchfork. 12 November 2012. Retrieved 2 July 2013. 
  12. ^ "BBC Radio 1 – Zane Lowe, Classic Deadmau5 live, These New Puritans – Fragment Two". 7 May 2013. Retrieved 2 July 2013. 
  13. ^ [1] Archived 14 March 2007 at the Wayback Machine.
  14. ^ "Angular website – "Rest in Peace, These N-w Puritans…"". Retrieved 23 May 2011. 
  15. ^ "Angular website – catalogue". Retrieved 23 May 2011. 
  16. ^ "Angular website – "THESE NEW!S! PURITANS"". Retrieved 23 May 2011. 
  17. ^ "Banquet Records". Banquet Records. 17 March 2009. Retrieved 23 May 2011. 
  18. ^ UK. "Angular Records' Official MySpace page". Retrieved 23 May 2011. 

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