There comes a point on Beat Pyramid, the cryptic debut from Southend’s These New Puritans, where the chorus hits and Jack Barnett let’s rip with: “Gold!... Gold! Gold! Gold! Gold!”
A lot of criticism has been directed his way because of his vocal similarities, shall we say, to the style of Mark E. Smith, but this outburst seems to be no less than a tongue firmly in cheek reference to this:
The song in question, Colours, continues Beat Pyramid’s lyrical theme of numerology and reafirms its exploration of really loud, really, really big drums. The vocals come across as a more nonchalant Test Icicles, and the instrumentation has a notable whiff of the now defunct
As we are on the subject of gold, here is the video of the Klaxons/Rihanna Umbrella collaboration at this year’s Brit Awards - Klaxons worked as a backing band to the Barbados-born RnB superstar with a re-worked version of Golden Skans.
by robin boothroyd