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For many, a single called “Kurt Cobain’s Cardigan,” was the first peep heard from New York’s The Pains of Being Pure At Heart (the name of which comes from a friend’s unpublished children’s book); further exploration shows a band clearly in command of its influences. This, its first EP, is a collection of tunes celebrating the joy of jangly, noise-pop outfits like the Vaselines and the Shop Assistants, but the group wisely reaches back even further: the seminal Television Personalities are inarguably a force here. Clanging, echo-drenched percussion and guitars, wiry production, and Kip Berman’s uncanny resemblance to the TVP’s Dan Treacy (sometimes askew, pleading vocals you just want to hug) belie the influence of that early British punk band. Not a bad way to start. On tracks like “Hey Paul” and “The Pains of Being Pure At Heart,” there are hooky melodies, with underlying sheets of fuzzy guitars pushing the needle ever so slightly into the red. “This Love is F*****g Right!” would be a radio staple in an alternate universe, its cascading guitar notes at the end evoking the days of carefree, AM radio pop music. Beauty.

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early MBV re-born

If you know the sound of early My Bloody Valentine (before they discovered noise), then you'll know exactly what this sounds like. I loved that sound, and so I enjoy this EP, but there is one draw-back: the singing here is painfully weak. It's a shame, because you can only sing with what you've got, but it does detract from the sound. Worth picking up though if you like this sort of thing, and then you should go dig up your old Shop Assistants LP as well.

Do you wanna dance?

Sorta like Jesus and Mary Chain with less feedback or the Razorcuts on amphetamines. One of my favorite local bands.


this is good song writing and it's lots of fun.


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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