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The Pains of Being Pure At Heart

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 3" CD-R on Cloudberry Records. A self-titled EP followed soon after for Painbow. During 2008 the band released a number of limited-edition split singles on Atomic Beat Records and Slumberland. Their first album, The Pains of Being Pure at Heart, was released in February of 2009 on Slumberland, and the good reviews and positive press (including a spot on Late Night with Carson Daly) made them one of the most talked-about bands of early 2009. After the release of the summer 2010 single Say No to Love, legendary producers Flood (Smashing Pumpkins) and Alan Moulder (My Bloody Valentine) were hired to give the band a slicker, more powerful sound. The resulting album, Belong, was released by Slumberland in March of 2011. After touring their second album, the Pains of Being Pure at Heart returned to the U.S. and Berman began writing new material for their third album. With the departure of original keyboardist Peggy Wang and bassist Alex Naidus, Berman brought together a refreshed line-up -- which featured A Sunny Day in Glasgow's Jen Goma and brass player Kelly Pratt alongside Feldman -- to record the album with Andy Savours (My Bloody Valentine, Sigur Rós). The resulting Days of Abandon was released by their new label, Yebo Music, in 2014. ~ Margaret Reges
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Albums by
The Pains of Being Pure At Heart

Top Songs by
The Pains of Being Pure At Heart

  1.   Song
  2.   Say No to Love
  3.   Heart in Your Heartbreak
  4.   Higher Than The Stars
  5.   Young Adult Friction
  6.   Everything With You
  7.   Belong
  8.   Higher Than The Stars (Saint Etienne Visits Lord Spank Remix)
  9.   The One
  10.   A Teenager In Love
  11.   Coral and Gold
  12.   My Terrible Friend
  13.   Even in Dreams
  14.   Twins
  15.   This Love Is Fucking Right!
  16.   Anne with an E
  17.   Hey Paul
  18.   Girl of 1,000 Dreams
  19.   Beautiful You
  20.   Lost Saint
  21.   Simple and Sure
  22.   I Wanna Go All the Way
  23.   Come Saturday
  24.   Life After Life
  25.   Masokissed
  26.   Eurydice
  27.   The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart
  28.   Side Ponytail
  29.   Falling Over
  30.   Stay Alive
  31.   Heaven's Gonna Happen Now
  32.   Kelly
  33.   Until the Sun Explodes
  34.   Contender
  35.   My Life Is Wrong
  36.   Too Tough
  37.   The Body
  38.   Strange
  39.   Art Smock
  40.   Jeremy
  41.   The Tenure Itch
  42.   103
  43.   Gentle Songs
  44.   The Asp at My Chest

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