These New Puritans ... Expanded
Back in April 2014, These New Puritans put on a show they called "Expanded" at the Barbican in London. It featured an enormous 35-piece band, complete with brass, strings and percussion. Portuguese singer Elisa Rodrigues and Synergy Vocals also participated as the band performed its album "Field of Reeds" in its entirety, as well as older and newer cuts.
As a result, "Expanded (Live at the Barbican)" debuted October 20 on CD and digitally via Infectious Music. It also earned a limited edition LP release through The Vinyl Factory.
The band's frontman Jack Barnett discussed the album in a statement, saying it was ""as definitive as the studio album for me." He went on to say he prefers some of the live versions of the songs rather than their studio counterparts, saying, "It's like putting on a Broadway show … lots of people, meetings, plans, schedules. I'm just as interested in that side of it, really."
These New Puritans performed another "Expanded" concert at the Rest is Noise Festival in Amsterdam on September 19, 2014.
Barnett recently stated that he's working on some new material. He said, "I've had to sort of stop myself from working on new music while we were working on Expanded, it's been quite difficult. But now we've finished it and I've had a week off so I've got bored so we're starting on new stuff. But first I've got to go through all the dictaphone recordings I've amassed over the last few months, lots of me mumbling an idea at four in the morning, and sort through them and work some of them up, then we'll have a clean slate to work from."
These New Puritans play the laptop (Created August 30, 2013)
When's the last time you heard that a member of a band 'played the laptop?' That's what you'll get (and much more) from vocalist Jack Barnett and These New Puritans, a trio hailing from the town of Southend, England.
It's Jack Barnett, along with his twin brother and drummer George, who make up two-thirds of the band. Still along for the ride is bassist Thomas Hein (they parted ways with keyboardist Sophie Sleigh-Johnson in 2012). Formed back in 2006, the ensemble of then-teens wasted no time in capturing the attention of the British press. Inside a year they were asked to compose something for designer Christian Dior for his fall 2007 collection. The result was a piece called "Navigate, Navigate," which prompted one review that simply stated, "More bands should write songs for fashion shows."
By October of 2007, These New Puritans issued their first EP, "Now Pluvial," which was released in the U.S. in February 2008. It was ultimately a catalyst for their debut full-length album, "Beat Period," which bowed the following month. The follow-up, "Hidden," came in early 2010 and was described by noted journalist Paul Morley as "very 1979, but also quite 1610, 1950, 1979, 1989, 2005 and 2070." It featured everything from a bassoon to a brass-woodwind emsemble, Taiko drums, a children's choir and more.
On December 22, 2012 the band announced they had finished recording their third studio project. "Field of Reeds" was released June 10, 2013 and featured contributions from over 38 session musicians. Critically acclaimed, it reached number 90 on the UK Albums Chart.
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