Musicfest NW: The Pains of Being Pure at Heart

photos by Kyle Johnson
intro by Jason Kinnard

The Pains of Being Pure at Heart exist in that wonderful middle world between early Shoegaze music and dreamy Indie-Pop. Formed in 2007, this New York 4-piece had been putting out various singles over the years, until finally hitting it on the head with their new self-titled album (released in February). If nothing else, the band does at least one thing very well: craft incredibly catchy pop tunes. Their latest album is evidence. Sure, the format is familiar but the sound is all their own. Basically, they take pop songs and make them fuzzy, without all the typical fuss associated with modern pop. Not content to just rest on their laurels (and all the accolades from their new album), The Pains of Being Pure at Heart has already released another great EP, Higher Than The Stars. Four refreshing new songs and a brilliant Saint Etienne Visits Lord Spank Remix of their EP titled hit single. This is a band that doesn’t need to try too hard. We’re excited to hear how the new music sounds in a live setting.

POBPAH started their current tour in September and are just getting rolling (they played at Neumo’s in Seattle last night); they have a ton of other dates announced that take them well into some European shows in November. You can listen to the band on their MySpace page or find out more on their website.

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