Dipped in dreams with sprinkles of the atmosphere on top, The Pains of Being Pure at Heart are about as blissful as indie-pop gets and with their new album Days of Abandon on the way, they’re bound to get even better. The new 10-track LP is their first since 2011′s Belong and arrives on April 22nd with a concurrent tour beginning next month. Local fans can catch the band at Johnny Brenda’s on May 19th. Watch a trailer for the album, which features new cut “Art Smock”, below and get tickets here when they go on sale March 3rd at 12pm.
Today, the band released its newest music video for the single “Gouge.” Reminiscent of a psychedelic 60s movie, the video features footage of all three bandmates backed by overlapping footage, set to a brisk tempo and guitar tones reminiscent of 80s Cure and The Pains of Being Pure at Heart. Check it out below and buy tickets here.
The folks at Morgan’s Pier and R5 have a free summer concert series every Saturday through the end of August with some great bands. Morgan’s Pier is also having some special guest DJ’s coming up including Questlove, Tim Sweeney, Juan Maclean and more, so check out the schedule for those as well here. Upcoming Saturday shows include:
Saturday, June 23rd – Free Energy and Grandchidren
Saturday, June 30th – Algernon Cadwallader
Saturday, July 7th – Hoots & Hellmouth
Saturday, July 14th – The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart
Saturday, July 21st – Fang Island
Saturday, July 28th – Pissed Jeans and A Place To Bury Strangers
Saturday, August 4th – Jukebox The Ghost
Saturday, August 11th – TBA
Saturday, August 18th – Mishchief Brew
Saturday, August 25th – TBA
Even before a single band had hit the stage, this year’s Popped! Music Festival was not off to a good start. Just a few days before the festival, organizers had to make the gut-wrenching decision to move the festival indoors due to the forecasted weather. No one can blame them for the move; they can’t control the weather and it’s certainly not their fault FDR Park wouldn’t be able to survive both the rain and thousands of people pounding its grounds. Nevertheless, no one seemed to be all that happy about the unfortunate move.
For the full review of the entire festival (including a ton of additional photos of each performing act), as well as a comprehensive calendar of upcoming shows in Philadelphia, visit The Swollen Fox. (Thanks to Kevin for sharing his photos with us.)
The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart are playing Popped! September 23rd, but in the meantime you can listen to this unreleased track, “Tomorrow Dies Today” (via Drowned In Sound). The Pains’ latest album, Belong, came out earlier this month.
If you’ve ever had the misfortune of stepping inside a Guitar Center, you probably understand where the band is coming from:
In the video, we play a rag-tag group of employees who work at a fictional store called Guitar Galaxy whose only real joy in life is to get to work early and “jam” before our bully of a manager comes into work. I always wanted to make a music video that took place in a Guitar Center or a Sam Ash, just based on my experiences I had there when I was younger. When it was time to get my first guitar and amp, I felt really intimidated by the dude trying to help me, who took every possible opportunity he could to point out that I couldn’t really play and didn’t deserve to own any of the guitars in the store. My own version of retribution is making a music video about a group of kids in a band who take over a music store and end up performing gloriously on all the instruments lying around the store.
The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart perform with Twin Shadow and Creepoid at 8 p.m. at First Unitarian Church; tickets to the all-ages show are $13.