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Thursday, January 24, 2008


Meet Kip, Peggy, Alex and Kurt. Together, they form the sugar sweet new band The Pains of Being Pure At Heart. They were a trio when they recorded their self-titled EP in Brooklyn last summer, using a drum machine to flesh out the backbone of their lush dream-pop landscapes. Now, with the addition of a real drummer, The Pains… are officially a foursome. With critical raves and an upcoming UK tour with The Manhattan Love Suicides, the future is looking bright.

The EP is an all too brief experience of delicate vocals, precious melodies and fuzzy guitars. Songs with titles like ‘This Love is Fucking Right’ and ‘Doing All the Things That Wouldn’t Make Your Parents Proud’ hint at a rebellious nature beneath the innocent fa├žade. But for the moment, their cuddly-cute methods are serving them right.

Over the last year, The Pains of Being Pure At Heart have caught the attention of many top music blogs. Stereogum described their sound as “addictive pop gold that locates a place beyond the band’s well-chosen influences.” Brightest Young Things said, “Clever, clever, clever melodic pop from a Brooklyn trio that really seems to know what they’re doing with their tongue-in cheek (and sometimes between teeth) lyrics, boy-girl vocals, and pitch perfect harmonies.” And Oh Have You Seen This proclaimed “The Pains of Being Pure at Heart…effortlessly take one back to the early-to-mid ’90s with a really amazing interpretation of what being “indie” was back then.”

With all this buzz, you can count on hearing a lot more from these guys in 2008. The debut EP is available now at Insound.

STREAM - The Pains of Being Pure at Heart - A Teenager in Love

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