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The Pains of Being Pure at Heart

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  • Years Active: 2000s
  • Group Members: Peggy
  • Website: http://www.thepainsofbeingpureatheart.com/
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  • The Pains of Being Pure at Heart

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Biography All Music Guide

Group Members: Peggy

All Music Guide:

With their wall-of-fuzz guitar stylings and sugary pop underpinnings, the Pains of Being Pure at Heart nodded to any number of old-school indie pop and shoegaze acts, most notably Black Tambourine and My Bloody Valentine. New York-based musicians Alex Naidus (bass), Kip Berman (guitar/vocals), Kurt Feldman (drums), and Peggy Wang (keyboards/vocals) came together to form the Pains of Being Pure at Heart in 2007. The band recorded a few tracks soon after forming, which were released as a self-titled 3" CD-R on Cloudberry Records. A self-titled EP followed soon after for Painbow. During 2008 the band released a number of limited-edition split singles on Atomic Beat Records and Slumberland. Their first album, The Pains of Being Pure at Heart, was released in February of 2009 on Slumberland, and the good reviews and positive press (including a spot on Late Night with Carson Daly) made them one of the most talked-about bands of early 2009. After the release of the summer 2010 single Say No to Love, legendary producers Flood (Smashing Pumpkins) and Alan Moulder (My Bloody Valentine) were hired to give the band a slicker, more powerful sound. The resulting album, Belong, was released by Slumberland in March of 2011. After touring their second album, the Pains of Being Pure at Heart returned to the U.S. and Berman began writing new material for their third album. With the departure of original keyboardist Peggy Wang and bassist Alex Naidus, Berman brought together a refreshed line-up -- which featured A Sunny Day in Glasgow's Jen Goma and brass player Kelly Pratt alongside Feldman -- to record the album with Andy Savours (My Bloody Valentine, Sigur Rós). The resulting Days of Abandon was released by their new label, Yebo Music, in 2014.

eMusic Features


The Pains of Being Pure at Heart Start Over

By John Everhart, Contributor

"Bands, those funny little plans that never work quite right" sang Jonathan Donahue in Mercury Rev's "Holes." That line sums up, more or less, what happened between the Pains of Being Pure at Heart's last two albums, 2011's Belong and this year's Days of Abandon. Peggy Wang, the band's longtime keyboardist and vocalist, left the band along with bassist Alex Naidus; drummer Kurt Feldman played on the recordings, but split from the touring lineup. All… more »


Who Are…Joanna Gruesome

By Annie Zaleski, Contributor

Some bands meet in record shops and some meet through Craigslist ads, but Owen Williams bonded with his future Joanna Gruesome band mates at a rather unusual place: an anger management group. "If you just piss off a lot of teachers you get into those kinds of groups," he explains. "A lot of the time they kind of draft you in through school." After initially forming late 2010, Joanna Gruesome cycled through a series of different… more »


Who Are…Tamaryn

By Marissa G. Muller, Contributor

The contrast between the cover art for Tamaryn's Tender New Signs and their 2010 debut The Waves is telling: A lush array of fuschia petals signifying new life, growth and resilience have replaced the barren, vast red-rock landscape, and singer Tamaryn's distant figure is gone altogether. That may be because Tamaryn retreated from public life while writing the follow-up, so much so that she and guitarist Rex John Shelverton worked mostly long-distance, exchanging ideas and… more »


SXSW 2011: Day 1 Report

By J. Edward Keyes, Editor-in-Chief

Now well into its second decade, the days during which South By Southwest - and the bands it attracts - could count novelty as a chief draw are long over. And with blogs and social media sites having likewise moved from fad to institution, the odds that anyone would be hearing a band for the first time in Austin is also significantly reduced. And so the thousands of bands looking to make an impression at… more »


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