Some years ago, I ran into a band by the unlikely and quite adventurous name of The Pains of Being Pure At Heart. Their point of origin is NYC. They released their first album in 2009 and have since released two more full-length albums along with a string of audio-delicious EPs including their last from 2015. The band has been around since 2007, but have also lost many members. (this seems to be a trend as we have seen this with Bloc Party, and Heartless Bastards, where there is a mainstay member and that’s it.)

Kip Berman is the sole remaining member of this band from the S/T debut. Given the ¡=WOW=! factor of the first album, and the musical maturation of the subsequent sets (not always the same thing), I’d say that the promise of their next album, once thought near release with the availability of their 2015 EP of “Hell”, should be pretty good. To help with that, the band has released a single from their finally arriving new album. The song, “Anymore” (heard below) is a good indication of the direction the band is taking.

On July 14, The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart will release their next album, The Echo of Pleasure via their own Painbow Records label. The new album will hold nine new tracks including the new “Anymore” song (hear below) that you can listen to now.

The Echo Of Pleasure will be released on CD, DD, and a short run of vinyl availability that includes 1500 of black vinyl, 500 of a limited pressing of gold vinyl (with gold foil packaging), and a very limited run of 100 clear blue cassette editions. Each pre-order will provide a download of the complete album (on July 14). There is also an album specific tee available at the band’s website.

The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart will undertake a massive world support tour beginning in the UK near the end of May. I hope to be at their First Avenue show on June 22!

I like them still!


By MARowe