New York City indie quartet The Pains of Being Pure at Heart split the difference between two of '90s indie's most distinctive sounds -- twee-pop and shoegaze. The result is music that is often swathed in reverb and echo but that maintains the honesty, intimacy and innocence of the best indie-pop, all played with an infectious, propulsive energy.
The group formed in 2007 and self-released their eponymous first EP later that year. They followed in 2009 with another EP, the well-received "Higher Than the Stars," and eventually with their self-titled debut full-length. They returned earlier this year with their sophomore LP, "Belong," on Slumberland Records, which was greeted with stellar reviews. This spring, they've been touring the US with indie-electronic act Twin Shadow.
The Pains of Being Pure at Heart stopped by The Current to play a few songs.
Songs played: "Belong," "Heart in Your Heartbreak" and "My Terrible Friend."
- The Pains of Being Pure at Heart