RIYL: The Pastels, The Field Mice, Girls

Label: Painbow

New York indie rock darlings The Pains of Being Pure at Heart made an immediate impact on music culture on their 2008 self-titled debut, reviving twee pop and its various elements with bleeding heart lyrics, straight-to-the-gut candy riffs and Kip Berman’s paper-thin vocal delivery.  There’s a Smiths-esque quality in their subtle melancholia, the perfect band to play over the loud speakers as a pink-laced Molly Ringwald walks into the record store with $15 to burn.  These guys are the sweaty palms before you ask the girl in your French class to dance, the sketchbook under your bed with all the potential bands names for your fictional new wave band.  They’re for the dreamers and the hopeless romantics.

And they’re BACK with album number four, their first endeavor since 2014’s Days of Abandon. The Pains have experimented with heavier sounds and different styles along their path over the last decade, so don’t expect this to sound exactly like their debut.  It’s still gonna be f-ing great, though, and there’s only 500 copies on gold wax to go around, so get to the getting.

The Details

Vinyl - 1500 - Black
Vinyl - 500 - Gold + Gold Foil Packaging
Cassette - 100 - Clear Blue

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Price $19.99

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