Hailing from the town of Southend, England, These New Puritans earned a reputation for art-rock eclecticism following their 2008 debut, which melded the post-punk sounds of bands like the Fall and PiL with electronic dance elements and a sleek visual presentation. Following their critical breakout sophomore set, 2010's Hidden, the band turned the tables and took a lush neo-classical approach on 2013's unusual Field of Reeds. After lying low for half-a-decade, TNP suddenly reemerged in early 2019 with their eclectic fourth album, Inside the Rose.
Led by twin brothers Jack (vocals, guitars, production) and George Barnett, the band formed in 2006 and also included keyboardist Sophie Sleigh-Johnson and bassist Thomas Hein, all of whom were still in their teens at the time. The band's edgy and artful aesthetic soon earned attention from the British press, enough that soon-to-be-former Christian Dior designer Hedi Slimane asked Barnett to compose something for his fall 2007 collection for Dior Homme. The resulting piece, "Navigate, Navigate," was debuted in Paris in February at Slimane's fashion show. In October of that same year, These New Puritans issued an EP, Now Pluvial, on Angular Records. "Navigate, Navigate," was released in the U.S. in February 2008 as a 12" single, priming fans for TNP's full-length debut, Beat Pyramid, a month later. Their critically lauded follow-up, Hidden was co-produced by Graham Sutton of Bark Psychosis and released in early 2010, reaching number ten on the U.K. Independent Albums chart and earning Album of the Year status from NME. Undergoing some transformations, including the departure of Sophie Sleigh-Johnson, the band returned with the very untraditional but well-received Field of Reeds in 2013. Indulging in their eccentric nature, the more orchestral album saw TNP recasting themselves as a sort of neo-classical ensemble with jazz elements. Following a rather quiet period, the Barnetts returned in 2018, essentially operating as a duo, with the eclectic single "Into the Fire" marking their first new music in five years. The song later appeared on TNP's fourth album, Inside the Rose, which appeared in March 2019. ~ Marisa Brown