These New Puritans, 'Beat Pyramid' (Domino)

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Beat Pyramid
Critical Mass
Label: Domino

by Joe Gross

Drums that can't decide between the dance floor and art school, guitars that flicker and nod versus a bassist futzing between smooth rhythm and chunky riffs, a stock-still gal punching buttons, and a singer whose ranting may or may not mean something. These New Puritans prove the model perfected by New Order ain't dying anytime soon. But bully for these Southend, England kids when they scream, "We were right! / We were right!" because history indeed backs them up -- motorik punk is the wave of the future now and forever.

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