The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart’s dreamy self-titled debut EP contains less than 15 minutes of music — more than enough to steal our pure hearts. (Admittedly, they had us from the go by titling the out-of-the-gates opening track “This Love is Fucking Right!”).

The Brooklyn trio of vocalist/guitarist Kip Berman, bassist Alex Naidus, and vocalist/keyboardist Peggy Wang-East mix sugary boy/girl vocals, Jesus & Mary Chain’s rain clouds and Darklands drum machine minus the face-melting noise, sneaker-gazing a la Black Tambourine (or, hey hey, rifle through the rest of the Slumberland back catalog to namedrop something with a bit more jangle) and punky Comet Gain(s) into addictive pop gold that locates a place beyond the band’s well-chosen influences. That said, if you’re in the mood for the brothers Reid check out the amply titled “Doing All the Things That Wouldn’t Make Your Parents Proud.” Want a little more Verve? Drift straight for the title track.


This could be a fuzz pop-induced pipe dream, but we’d loved to see ’em hook up with Manhattan Love Suicides for a post-C86 package tour?

The Pains of Being Pure at Heart EP is out on Painbow Records. Be their friend.

Comments (17)
  1. John  |   Posted on Aug 21st, 2007 0

    THIS BAND IS FUCKING RIGHT!

  2. anon  |   Posted on Aug 22nd, 2007 0

    This is band is not very good.

  3. painsofbeingafanboy  |   Posted on Aug 22nd, 2007 0

    This band pwns noobs guys

  4. painslover  |   Posted on Aug 23rd, 2007 0

    Loooooooooooooove The Pains!!!!1

  5. angelica  |   Posted on Aug 24th, 2007 0

    just got their single on cloudberry records today :)
    goodies

  6. STARS meets Headlights…just not that great.

  7. wow. just what the planet needed – more mediocre crap.

  8. As much as I like the Asian chick in the band, their music SUCKS. Sorry Peggy, you really should find a different band or consider changing your career focus.

  9. martin smile  |   Posted on Oct 24th, 2008 0

    These guys have nailed it, like my bloody valentine if they hadn’t signed to creation, indie like it should be, dreamy, swirly, fuzzy pop

  10. hema  |   Posted on Nov 23rd, 2008 0

    i liked them better when they were called “Pixeltan”

  11. g-wog  |   Posted on Dec 1st, 2008 0

    The first of those two tracks is a slowed-down version of Abel by the National. Listen to em back to back.

  12. ojila  |   Posted on Apr 3rd, 2009 0

    Pretty catchy but i have a problem with the sound of the keys. Still quite cool tho

  13. This is band is not very good.

  14. Great Band :) PRETTY

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