Live Review: Pains of Being Pure of Heart @ Scala

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Live Review: Pains of Being Pure of Heart @ Scala

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It has been an amazing year for the indie pop band ‘The Pains of Being Pure at Heart,” and last night’s gig at Scala, in many ways was the perfect conclusion to the year.

The New Yorkers only released their self-titled debut album in February, and quickly became an overnight sensation. Largely fuelled by blog-driven hype, this band consistently lives up to the hype and after last night’s performance it is not hard to see why they have been so successful.

From the moment POBPAH came out on stage and launched into their simply infectious indie pop, we knew that this was going to be a terrific show. The room quickly filled up with their incredible sound, combining carefree soft melodies with harsher My Bloody Valentine-esque influences. As they played through crowd favourites like ‘Stay Alive’ “This Love is Fucking Right” and “103″ the whole room seemed to be dancing and singing along with the band.

We were a bit disappointed by the lack of stage presence from the band, as they hardly made any effort to interact with the fans, playing through their set with little pause between songs. That said however, it was the last show on the tour so we will forgive them; after all their phenomenal energy and the quality of their performance more than made up for it.

After the show we had the opportunity to speak to them about their upcoming plans, and were thrilled to learn that they will be going back into the studio to work on new material, after their Japanese tour in the spring. Hopefully this means we will be hearing more great things from this band in the near future.

Words by Laura Scott, photo by alterna2.

Last Updated 09 December 2009

Eltanin

I loved it, and I thought it was amusing that most of the people jumping happy in the pit, myself included, were not doe-eyed teens like the band, but 30+ adults clearly dosing up on nostalgia. That's what you get for a shamelessly retro indie sound. Good luck to them.

M@

Cheers Laura. I was looking for something new to listen to on Spotify, so I tried these chaps out. Nice sound. Something of the Charlatans in there.