The Pains of Being Pure at Heart have finally released their self-titled debut on Slumberland Records and it's a total charmer: 10 songs, endless hooks, clever lyrics, bad puns, and fuzzy guitars. I wouldn't be surprised if it didn't get the Best New Music tag when Pitchfork reviews it (tomorrow?). The band plays Mercury Lounge on Saturday, kicking off a month-long tour with The Depreciation Guild before bopping down to to SXSW. Tickets are still available, but act now, this show will be sold out before the end of the week I'm guessing.
If you miss this one, TPOBPAH play the Bell House on March 13 and that show is with England's amazing Let's Wrestle, so if you had to choose one or the other, I'd actually say wait a month. Or, like me, go to both.
You can buy the album directly from Slumberland -- vinyl is a mere eight bucks...what a bargain!
The Pains of Being Pure at Heart tour dates:
2/7 - New York, NY - Mercury Lounge*
2/8 - Philadelphia, PA - Kung Fu Necktie*
2/9 - Washington, DC - Black Cat Backstage*
2/10 - Pittsburgh, PA - Garfield Artworks*
2/11 - Chicago, IL - Schubas*
2/12 - Toronto, ON - Lee’s Palace*
2/13 - Montreal, CA - Il Motore*
2/14 - Winooski, VT - The Monkey House*
2/15 - Boston, MA - Middle East*
3/13 - Brooklyn, NY - Bell House#
3/14 - Baltimore, MD - Talking Head Club#
3/15 - Chapel Hill, NC - Local 506#
3/16 - Atlanta, GA - Earl#
3/18 - Austin, TX - SXSW - Red 7 (Terrorbird/Force Field Day Party)
3/20 - Austin, TX - SXSW - Emo’s Jr. (Slumberland Records/Cake Shop Showcase)
4/24 - Wallingford, CT - Wallingford American Legion (All Ages)
6/18 - New York, NY - Cake Shop w/ Crystal Stilts
* w/ Depreciation Guild
# w/ Let’s Wrestle