New York quartet The Pains of Being Pure at Heart won hearts with their self-titled 2009 debut album of sweet and jangly, shoegazey guitar pop. Two years later, the band released their second album Belong in early 2011. Guided by 90s producer-powerhouses Flood (Smashing Pumpkins, NIN, U2) and Alan Moulder (My Bloody Valentine, Placebo, Interpol, The Jesus & Mary Chain, Depeche Mode), Belong came out as a bolder, more guitar rock-shaped beast, while retaining the high quality songwriting quotient of their debut. I’m pretty excited about finally getting to see them – they’re one of those bands that I’ve always managed to miss seeing by mere inches. So, now – fingers crossed that I (and they)’ll make it through the snow to next week’s gig at Mascotte, ZH!
Belong is out now on Slumberland/PlayIt Again Sam.
- The Pains of Being Pure at Heart covered Magnetic Fields on new single, touring Europe (stream, dates) (brooklynvegan.com)
- Good Citizens! (highrotation.ch)
- The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart Announce New Single (hangout.altsounds.com)