If you're into noisy indie-pop, you will probably like The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart. On the surface the loud, fuzzy guitars may remind one of The Jesus and Mary Chain or My Bloody Valentine, but the underlying melodies and vocals are more dreamy and "poppy". The band's influences include The Pastels, The Exploding Hearts, The Ramones, Black Tambourine, and The Brian Jonestown Massacre.
The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart are: Kip Berman (Guitar & Vocals), Peggy Wang (Keyboard & Vocals), Alex Naidus (Bass), and Kurt Feldman (Drums). Kip, Peggy, and Alex are big fans of The Manhattan Love Suicides [W♥M], and got them to play at Peggy's birthday party when they were in the states earlier this year. Before the party, the trio of friends decided to form their own band, which also played at the birthday bash. They have since added a drummer, Kurt, and recorded a limited CD-single on Cloudberry Records and a self-released EP containing 5 outstanding tracks.
The band is playing a few dates in New York and Philadelphia before hopping over to England to play a mini-tour in February.
Thanks to Kip, I have obtained a few nuggets of useless trivia about the band:
1. The band got its name from the title of a book by Charles Augustus Steen III. Mr. Steen claims that his book was plagiarized by Dr. Seuss' estate and published as "Daisy-Head Mayzie" in 1995.
2. "There is another Peggy Wang who lives in California who is friends with the Peggy Wang who is in The Pains. Hence, 'Peggy Wang-West' and 'Peggy Wang-East.'"
3. "Kurt (drums) joined our band after proving his worth by being the only person to best me at the 1980s arcade classic, 'Galaga.' We live together in an apartment called 'The House of Pains.'"