THESE NEW PURITANS, "Beat Pyramid"

A rock band that sings about numerology and primary color spectrums? Did Lewis and Gilbert from "Revenge of the Nerds" get the Tri Lambs back together for a reunion album to prove their win in the tal

A rock band that sings about numerology and primary color spectrums? Did Lewis and Gilbert from "Revenge of the Nerds" get the Tri Lambs back together for a reunion album to prove their win in the talent competition at the Greek Games wasn't a fluke? On the contrary, the sonic mathletes in question are actually one of England's hottest young bands. These New Puritans have created a sound that is unlike anything you have ever heard on "Beat Pyramid," their brilliant debut LP. Rather than just aping riffs from the Fall and Wire like most no wave-inspired new bands tend to do, TNP opted to combine these classic rhythms with the modern sounds of "Run Come Save Me"-era Roots Manuva to form a challenging new fusion that comes off like PiL redesigned for a grime club. You may not fully understand the motive behind the strange way the band offers their track listing on the back cover or the reasons why it is also offered in Arabic in addition to English. And though cryptic in their meanings, songs like "Numerology (Numbers)" and "Infinity Ytinifni" are nevertheless propulsive anthems for a generation both in touch with their latent interest in arithmetic and in search of a new kick that doesn't sound like the Arctic Monkeys. One thing is for certain about These New Puritans: you could very well stand a good chance of hitting the lottery if you play the numbers that make up a handful of song titles here. -- Ron Hart