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How a group of circa-2014 Brooklyn indie popsters manage to capture a variation on the glorious Anglo pop of Prefab Sprout is one of those questions that’s come about ever since millennials became so obsessed with the sounds of the ‘80s. Yet at a new Brooklyn studio owned by their longtime associate Danny Taylor, with producer Andy Savours (My Bloody Valentine, Cloud Boat), The Pains went in a very different direction than their previous album: the Flood and Alan Moulder production Belong. The lighter touch here works wonders. Songs like “Eurydice,” “Masokissed,” and “Until the Sun Explodes” (recalling The Cure's “In-Between Days”) bounce with genuine enthusiasm even when the lyrics veer toward darker territory. The departure of original members Alex Naidus and Peggy Wang means A Sunny Day in Glasgow’s Jen Goma is given solid lead vocals on the excellent “Kelly” and “Life After Life,” where the nod is toward Belle & Sebastian, Scotland’s greatest indie export. 

Customer Reviews

Different Pains but still so good!

This is one of the best indie releases of the year! This album has a different feel from their previous releases. It has a more complex sound. The lead vocals are shared throughout the album. Beautiful You is my new favorite song from first listen. If you haven't given this band a chance you are sorely missing out. Can't wait to see them in the Bowery next week!!


very good band!

Wrong Direction

They lost the great guitar sounds of "Belong" and now sound like hundreds of other synth based bands out there! Too bad!


Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '00s, '10s

With their wall-of-fuzz guitar stylings and sugary pop underpinnings, the Pains of Being Pure at Heart nodded to any number of old-school indie pop and shoegaze acts, most notably Black Tambourine and My Bloody Valentine. New York-based musicians Alex Naidus (bass), Kip Berman (guitar/vocals), Kurt Feldman (drums), and Peggy Wang (keyboards/vocals) came together to form the Pains of Being Pure at Heart in 2007. The band recorded a few tracks soon after forming, which were released as a self-titled...
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