Bias Alert: one of my favourite bands.
Now that we have that out of the way, These New Puritans are one of those hybrid bands that, while you can pick out influences left right and centre, those influences merge together to become something pretty damn good.
They take their name from a combination of the song "New Puritan" by The Fall and a reference to the New Puritans literary movement of the early 2000s. The movement was said to have been inspired by the Dogme 95 film movement.
The a-little-more-than-one-hour-east-of-London-England group was originally conceived by twins Jack and George Barnett and are almost uncategorizable. Their music has been known to incorporate, along with run-of the mill guitars, bass, drums etc.: six-foot Japanese Taiko drums, brass and woodwind ensembles, a children's choir, vibraphonists, Foley recording techniques (including a melon with cream crackers attached struck by a hammer, used to simulate the sound of a human head being smashed) and a katana (samurai sword - listen at 3:28 in the song below)!
Great band name, mind-blowing music.
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