The Pains of Being Pure At Heart

The Pains of Being Pure At Heart

The Pains of Being Pure At Heart

SLR 89 » released February 2009

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1. Contender 6. Stay Alive
2. Come Saturday 7. Everything With You
3. Young Adult Friction 8. A Teenager In Love
4. This Love Is Fucking Right! 9. Hey Paul
5. The Tenure Itch 10. Gentle Sons
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The Pains of Being Pure At Heart have a great new album out June 3rd, so for a limited time we're offering a bundle that includes the CD versions of their now-classic 2009 self-titled debut and the brilliant follow-up Higher Than The Stars EP at the very friendly price of $12.00. That's a mighty good deal and a great way to catch up on the first chapter of the Pains' discography.
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Since forming in early 2007, The Pains of Being Pure At Heart have become one of the most talked about pop bands in years. Their distinctive brand of noisy pop is a tidy distillation of all the great noise-pop precedents - early MBV, House of Love, Pale Saints, Rocketship - but with that incredible exuberance and energy that the Pains bring to every song. They have released a handful of singles on classy labels like Slumberland, Fortuna Pop!, Atomic Beat and Cloudberry, each one issued to greater anticipation and even wilder reception. Critical acclaim has come from such varied quarters as Stereogum, Fader, Big Takeover, Indie Pages, Skatterbrain, Drowned In Sound, Indie-MP3, Clash Magazine and uncountable others.

Following up the band's ace "Everything With You" single and whirlwind Swedish tour, we are delighted to bring you their self-titled debut album. The Pains of Being Pure At Heart is an instant classic, packed with brilliantly-executed pop gems that blend the rush of youthful enthusiasm with crafty arrangements, well-honed tunes and buckets of guitar racket. Drawing on the sparkling legacy of the best of 80s and 90s pop, POBPAH update the timeless noisy pop template with a thoroughly modern viewpoint and a very distinctive, playful personality. There is something instantly identifiable about a Pains tune, and it is the essential "rightness" of their records that has captured the attention of pop fans around the world and raised anticipation levels for this album to a near-fever pitch.

The Pains of Being Pure At Heart delivers on this promise with perfect assurance. Smashing tunes like "Come Saturday" and "Young Adult Friction" are classic three minute masterpieces that simply beg the be played on repeat. "Stay Alive" and "Gentle Sons" show the band can slow it down and still rock it, and "Hey Paul" is as brash a slice of noise-blast guitar pop as you'll hear all year. Weighing in at a flawlessly-conceived ten songs, this is all the album that Pains fans had hoped for. Handily transcending easy pigeonholes like "indie pop" and "indie rock," it is just a great album that shows a smart young band fulfilling their potential and crafting a very convincing statement of purpose.

Notes:

A co-release with Fortuna Pop! (Europe), Fastcut (Japan) and Lost & Lonesome (Australia). Please support your local independent record label.

The current pressing of the vinyl LP is classic, timeless black vinyl.

see also » Simple And Sure 7" single

see also » Jeremy 7" single

see also » Belong CD

see also » Belong 7" single

see also » Heart In Your Heartbreak 7" single

see also » Say No To Love 7" single

see also » Higher Than The Stars EP

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