These New Puritans


Somebody once attempted to convince us that These New Puritans are original. They failed: onstage, the guy looks and twitches just like Ian Curtis, and musically, they sound pretty much exactly the same as The Fall. This is just the kind of oh-so-trendy noughties electro racket that probably sounds great when you’re off your tits, but like an E’d-up fool gurning in your sober face, it’s just plain annoying when you’re not. “Every number has a meaning” deadpans vocalist Jack Barnett on ‘Numbers’. We couldn’t agree more: four out of 10 means, TNP, you’re a bit rubbish.