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CD Review: These New Puritans' 'Beat Pyramid' Out Tomorrow, at Roxy Tonight w/Dan vs. Le Sac Scroobius Pip

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Photo via the These New Puritans' MySpce Page

Artist: These New Puritans
Album:Beat Pyramid
Label:Domino Records
Release Date: 03/18/2008 (Tomorrow)

These New Puritans are an energetic four-piece from Southend UK - they played SXSW last night and they're playing tonight at the Roxy in advance of tomorrow's release of their full-length recording, Beat Pyramid. I'm not sure what you think of the somewhat creepy video for "Elvis" above, but it's a great song from a great album. It's as if Gang of Four had access to better recording equipment and they knew a thing or two about the low end theory, or if Big Black's Steve Albini allowed N.E.R.D. to help program the Roland TR-606 on Songs About Fucking.

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"Elvis" is a fave tune of mine on Beat Pyramid along with "Numerology (aka Numbers)" which is a bit slower but no less powerful. Some of the fury of this recording might be attributed to the fact that this young band recorded it alongside Gareth Jones – the producer of albums by Einsturzende Neubauten, Liars, and Wire. According to what I've read about These New Puritans' UK and European performances, they are supposed to be incredible. Other than the SXSW show and tonight's show (and another rumored show somewhere in LA tomorrow) the band heads back to the UK until the Fall at least, so see them now!

Also playing at the Roxy tonight is the incomparable Dan Le Sac vs. Scroobius Pip who NPR talked up last week _after_ LAist has been pushing them on the US for over a year now. Our advice: don't miss either These New Puritans or Sac v Pip.