Lots of stuff going on with longtime L Mag favorites The Pains of Being Pure at Heart these days. Word came this afternoon that they’ll be releasing a new single, the perfectly titled “Say No to Love,” on June 8th. It’s the first material the band’s recorded in a proper studio, which is exciting: I’ve been of the opinion for a while now that the quality of their recordings, while certainly endearing, has been something of a hindrance. It will be nice to see what they’re able to pull off with a bit more in the fidelity department. My guess is the melodies will be even more impressive than you’d ever realized.
Just a quick update form the land of Pains to let you know what we’ve been up to. 2009 was so amazing, and 2010 is shaping up to be even better. We had so much fun touring Japan, Australia and New Zealand in February and in June we’ll be touring the US to support our new single coming out on Slumberland Records, “Say No to Love.” Joining us will be two of our favorite new bands, Surfer Blood and Hooray for Earth. After that, it’s back home to New York to start making our next record!
In many ways, “Say No to Love” is pretty Pains-by-numbers. It’s got 3 chords, a fuzz pedal and lots of feelings. But instead of recording in the basement like we did for our album and both EPs, we recorded in an actual studio (Stratosphere Sound in New York). We tried hard to make it sound, as Peggy would say, “life affirming” and we’re pretty excited about how it turned out. We hope you are too.
Oh, and before I forget— sea foam green vinyl!!!
Kip, The Pains of Being Pure at Heart