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Friday, 05 August 2011 16:46

The Pains of Being Pure at Heart 8/5/11 + Video

The Pains of Being Pure at Heart 8/5/11
Written by Roy Kasten
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  • Date Recorded: August 5, 2011
  • Artist / Band: The Pains of Being Pure at Heart
  • Hosting Show: Juxtaposition
  • Sound: Jon Valley
  • Video: Ben Sturdevant and Jessica Kasström

The Pains of Being Pure at Heart make pop music, in and through the noise. It's a sound that outlives and outshines the indie buzz cycle.

Since releasing a 2007 self-titled EP and a series of split and un-split singles through 2008, the Brooklyn band has remained obsessed with the 7" format. That focus on the pure and painful heart of a good single -- melody, drama, concision and a hook -- has paid off, as the band has grown into the arguably more demanding long player format with this year's "Belong," a 10-song suite of silvery guitar buzz and strum, clockwork drumming and flashes of majestic distortion, courtesy in part of famed producers Flood (Smashing Pumpkins) and Alan Moulder (My Bloody Valentine).

For this Live at KDHX session, the Pains of Being Pure at Heart give a more intimate but still churning take on two songs from "Belong" -- the consistently hummable "Heart in Your Heartbreak" and the roller-rink-keyboard-sweetened "My Terrible Friend" -- as well as "I Wanna Go All the Way," one of the band's more desperate and trashy songs, first released as a bonus track to the Japanese version of "Belong."

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