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. 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. 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.
Win Tickets to The Pains of Being Pure at Heart with The Courtneys and The Prids at The Biltmore Cabaret on September 22, 2017.
CONTEST CLOSING TIME
Contest closes September 21, 2017 – Winner will be contacted upon closing time.
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