Tuesday, July 5, 2011

The Pains of Being Pure at Heart

The Pains of Being Pure at Heart
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[Kip Berman (vocals/ guitar), Alex Naidus (bass), Peggy Wang (keyboard/ vocals), Kurt Feldman (drums)]
-Formed in New York
-The band name comes from an unpublished children's story of the same title that a friend of singer Kip Berman wrote.
-Their CD "Belong" was produced by Flood. In case you didn't know, he is also recognized for working with U2, New Order, Smashing Pumpkins, and The Killers.
-Performed their first show ever with Titus Andronicus.
-Toured with Suferblood, Twin Shadow & Weekend.
-This year they've played Coachella and SXSW. They are also schedule to play Lollapalooza!
-Appeared on the David Letterman show, click here.

Songs to listen to: Heart in your Heartbreak, Even in Dreams, Teenager in Love.

Conclusion: Half way through the year, I can honestly say that the Pains are the first non folk band I’ve fallen in love with all year! After watching and reading numerous interviews, it’s refreshing to see how much this quartet loves music within and outside their own. They’re just so corky and down to earth it’s impossible not to fall in love with them. In terms of their music, it's obvious to me why they’re the first band outside of folk to catch my attention… it’s their familiar sound! They kind of sound like The Smashing Pumpkins with hints of Cut Copy’s “In Ghost Colours” layered with the fuzziness of Grizzly Bear (see what I did there? Haha). There’s just something about them that really gets to me. This band is definitely worth checking out. For those who live in Toronto, hear them play at the Opera House August 2! Buy your tickets here. Enjoy.

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