CIMMfest & Empty Bottle present These New Puritans / Matchess
Saturday, May 03, 2014 9:30 PM CDT
(8:30 PM Doors)
Empty Bottle, Chicago, IL
21 years and over
THESE NEW PURITANS are coming to Chicago for an extremely rare U.S. tour that includes only four dates - New York, Chicago, LA - and we're lucky to get two of them in our city. The band is from Essex, England, comprising of twin brothers JACK and GEORGE BARNETT, their friend THOMAS HEIN, and the many different collaborators who are drawn into their orbit. Their music is widely lauded as amongst the most original and progressive in the world, having released three unique and critically acclaimed albums that highlight their uncompromising musical vision. The band is anchored by the opposing characters of the BARNETT twins: GEORGE, extroverted, a violently virtuosic drummer who directs the band's visuals; JACK, obsessively perfectionist, occupying an unusual role somewhere between producer, composer and bandleader. HEIN brings equilibrium, multi-instrumentalism, and a certain wryly-amused take on the back and forth between the brothers. New album Field of Reeds brings you closer to THESE NEW PURITANS, with its highly dynamic, intense and emotive sound that bypasses any fads or fashions in today's music, with Portuguese singer ELISA RODRIGUES joining the band as a guest member. Minimal synth songstress MATCHESS, aka WHITNEY JOHNSON from VERMA and E+, opens the show with a set of sparse rhythms, synthetic melodies, squealing viola lines and heavily-affected vocals that combine to create an alien, futuristic sound. This is a show for the ages - absolutely do not miss it, kidz.