How can such sweet delicate sounds come out a band that loves the-just-about-banned Four Loko? I guess these New York darlings, The Pains of Being Pure at Heart, have a wild side to them. And frankly, that kind of makes me love them even more.
The Pains have been beyond busy the past year since the release of their universally acclaimed self-titled debut album last February. Playing yet another Los Angeles show this past Sunday at the Glass House opening up for Stars, The Pains were absolutely captivating. Aside from getting the constant urge to put every single band member in my purse and pull them out for my own private show because they’re all just so darn cute, The Pains captured the attention of everyone at the Glass House (not just mine). Their sweet lyrics of teenage love and the simple things in life are comforting and something we can all relate to deeply. Watching and listening to both Kip Berman’s and Peggy Wang’s lulling vocals and humble stage presence behind the guitar and keys (respectively) takes me back to that dope new wave party I never went to in the late 80s (probably because I was still a lil kid). But that is the feeling you get when you’re at a Pains show. It’s like that innocent feeling of being shy when you show up to a party and your current crush is there. If John Hughes (RIP) was still around, The Pains would be the perfect soundtrack for his next teen flick.
Although their debut album is what won our hearts with those jangly riffs and sugary melodies, the Pains were pulling out some new tricks this evening. Playing some new songs full of chunky power-pop and blissful beats, their new music is all the same sweetness with a lil more edge to it (perhaps a bit more “loko”). Their new single “Heart In Your Heartbreak” is an indie gem and the first preview from their new album. It’s the perfect introduction of what’s to come in 2011 and we’re setting our hopes high with The Pains new material.
Check out the photos below of The Pains of Being Pure at Heart at the Glass House!
Words: Sandra Burciaga
Photos: Ivette Orenos