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The Pains of Being Pure At Heart

Filed under: See You There, Tonight!

Music has always been about borrowing sounds. Someone creates a sound and releases it to the world then someone else is influenced by it and uses it for their own purposes. Brooklyn noise-pop band The Pains of Being Pure of Heart are one of those bands that sound so familiar. It could be their washed out, distorted guitar layers and fast drumming that recall late 1980’s British twee-pop bands like The Field Mice or Another Sunny Day. Or maybe its their bright and happy music that melds so well with their ironically dark lyrics, similar to The Smiths. Their hit, “Teenager In Love,” from their 2009 self-titled album, is so well constructed that it might slip by some that the teenager in question is actually in love with hard drugs and dead by the middle of the song. It’s a tough job to shove something so deep into a three minute pop song and disguise it accordingly, but Pains have learned from the masters. Now, three years after their formation they’ve just released a new single called “Say No To Love” and they’re making their way around the country with the young surf rockers of Surfer Blood and quirky synth-poppers Hooray For Earth. Based in Cambridge Massachusetts, Hooray For Earth’s music is just as positive and bright as their name would imply. Their latest EP, titled Momo, was released this week. Their combination of simple rock rhythms, fuzzy synth-wash tones and bouncing vocals creates a hugeness in their music, similar to acts like Matt & Kim or Yeasayer. The three bands will step onto the Tralf‘s stage tonight.

cory perla

7pm/doors; 8pm/show. Tralf Music Hall, 622 Main St. (852-2860/ www.tralfmusichall.com). $15


  • Sandi

    Cory, you write an incredible article. I’m an old woman and yet, I find myself taken into the experience of each write-up by your passion. Thanks.