These New Puritans / New Album / UK Tour / London ICA
x ANOTHERMAN x ICA | 21 MARCH 2019
INSIDE THE ROSE LP | 22 MARCH 2019
UK & EUROPEAN TOUR | APRIL 2019
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THESE NEW PURITANS in association with ANOTHERMAN have announced a very special event at the ICA in London on 21 March, premiering new works from their forthcoming album INSIDE THE ROSE the night before its long-awaited release, alongside performance, music and installations by invited artists SOOJIN CHANG, GRAHAM SUTTON and FREYA DON.
THESE NEW PURITANS’ performance will feature elements made in collaboration with photographer HARLEY WEIR, film maker DANIEL ASKILL and Berlin-based artist HANS-HENNING KORB.
Performing inside a specially-designed installation by textile artist Freya Don, the band will present new work that couples powerful and progressive melodies with strings and brutal electronics. Their live performance will be preceded by a live interactive presentation by artist Soojin Chang who presents State of Possession, an intimate performance created to be experienced one-on-one with the artist; and a DJ set by legendary producer Graham Sutton of Bark Psychosis and drum n bass project Boymerang.
THESE NEW PURITANS are an English experimental group whose music is never easily categorised, and was founded by JACK BARNETT with his twin brother GEORGE BARNETT. Their fourth album, INSIDE THE ROSE, was recorded in Berlin, London and Southend-on-Sea and mixed in Los Angeles, and is a record unlike anything else you’ll hear this year; 40 minutes of powerful melodies, lush strings and progressive electronics, packed with jaw-dropping sonic left turns. INSIDE THE ROSE isn’t just their most affecting music yet, it’s further proof that they operate in a different realm to most bands, making music with true fearlessness.
To accompany the release of INSIDE THE ROSE, THESE NEW PURITANS have announced a run of 12 live dates across the UK and Europe. Taiwanese singer and producer SCINTII, who appears on BEYOND BLACK SUNS on the album, will be performing live with the band and as support act on the European shows.
Full dates as follows:
Thu 21 LONDON ICA
Fri 22 LONDON Rough Trade East
Tue 02 BERLIN Bi Nuu | Support from SCINTII
Wed 03 HAMBURG Knust | Support from SCINTII
Thu 04 BRUSSELS Rotande | Support from SCINTII
Fri 05 AMSTERDAM Paradiso | Support from SCINTII
Sat 06 PARIS Petit Bain | Support from SCINTII
Wed 10 MANCHESTER Yes | Support from VESSEL
Thu 11 GLASGOW SW3 Warehouse | Support from VESSEL
Fri 12 LEEDS Belgrave Music Hall | Support from VESSEL
Sat 13 HEBDEN BRIDGE Trades Club | Support from VESSEL
Wed 17 LONDON Tufnell Park Dome | Support from VESSEL
Thu 18 BRIGHTON Patterns | Support from VESSEL
Fri 19 BRISTOL Thekla | Support from VESSEL
Tickets are available at: www.thesenewpuritans.com
INSIDE THE ROSE TRACK LISTING
- Infinity Vibraphones
- Beyond Black Suns
- Inside the Rose
- Where the Trees Are on Fire
- Into the Fire
- Lost Angel
THESE NEW PURITANS began playing music together as children, writing songs on a massively oversized guitar and a pair of bongos from a charity shop.
“We’d learn Captain Beefheart songs together,” says Jack. “And I would slow down Aphex Twins songs to analyse them, then create copies, to learn how to make those kinds of sounds”.
Together they began to create their own musical world and in the years since have successfully blurred the distinctions between pop, classical, electro, rock and experimental music, earning rave reviews and praise from artists as diverse as Bjork, Massive Attack and Elton John along the way.
The 2008 debut, BEAT PYRAMID, released when the brothers were still in their teens, was a circular work of fast rhythms, repetitive lyrics and fractured field recordings, and stood out like a sore thumb among the conservative, guitar-based music of the period. The follow up, HIDDEN in 2010, defied expectations and garnered numerous Album of The Year accolades. After appearing on Bjork’s remix album, Bastards, the band released the cinematic FIELD OF REEDS in 2013. Since then, Jack and George’s desire for new sonic challenges saw them produce the musical score for the first authorised theatrical production of Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World.
Now, reverting to the original duo of brothers, THESE NEW PURITANS open a new chapter with INSIDE THE ROSE. Writing sessions began in Essex in 2015 and were completed in Berlin after they relocated there; the majority of recording was done in a former Soviet Union broadcasting studio in the city’s industrial suburbs.
The sharp romanticism of INSIDE THE ROSE grips like a vice, drawing you into a nocturnal alternate reality where nothing is as it seems. The album’s adventurous spirit is summed up by a band phrase George would use as a touchstone throughout recording: “Why dream backwards when you can dream forwards?”
“I want to go beyond myself and my time,” says Jack. “That’s the art I like, whether it’s Francis Bacon or William Blake. You fail, inevitably, but that’s the challenge”.