New York indie-pop quartet The Pains of Being Pure at Heart first came on to our horizons in 2009 with a self-titled debut that saw them cribbing influences from the likes of shoegaze veterans My Bloody Valentine and The Jesus And Mary Chain and crafting them into their own saccharine sweet mould.
2011 follow up ‘Belong’, meanwhile, enlisted the help of super producers Flood and Moulder (Foals, The Killers, Nine Inch Nails) to provide a less veiled and more direct end result. “We wanted the songs to exist in an immediate and instinctual place,” said vocalist Kip Berman of the release. “The album sounds like we’re taking away what we were hiding behind before.”
Now, the band are about to unveil third LP ‘Days of Abandon’, recorded in Brooklyn and due for release on June 2. Says Berman of the album: “Days of Abandon was a chance to push beyond Belong’s universal style of songwriting into something that was far more personal and true to my ideals. I wanted the music to be joyful, lush and full of possibility, even if the subjects were often more painful to confront.”
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