Don’t let the name of Brooklyn’s Pains of Being Pure at Heart scare you aware from their sublime and shimmery sound. With a name like that you’d expect black eyeliner emo crap. Instead you get something emotional, but not whiney or schmaltzy.
It’s a slightly updated take on that jangly, mid 80’s/early 90’s rock and calls to mind bands like New Order and then later Black Tambourine or My Bloody Valentine. Still, it’s impressive that their sound is so cohesive, well-arranged and poppy without losing any of that edge.
Signed to Slumberland Records, which is building an impressive roster that includes the Crystal Stilts, Cause Co-Motion, Brickolage and others, the band’s debut album doesn’t drop until Feb. 2009 but it’s certainly on our radar.
For the Art Boonparn-directed clip for “Everything With You,” which shows up on the album, the New York quartet’s represented by keyboardist/vocalist Peggy and her best friend, who have pillow fights, share gum and otherwise wander a graying city.
I know the Vivian Girls have been getting a lot of great press this year – and for good reason. However, when I listen to POBPAH I only think how much better/enjoyable they are making comparable music.