The Pains of Being Pure at Heart: “Young Adult Friction”


thepainsofbeingpureatheartThough you may strain to hear the lyrics through the fuzzy guitars of this New York noise-pop band, The Pains of Being Pure at Heart are clear about one thing: reviving the indie underground of the 80s and 90s, as illustrated in the retro album artwork. Pulling from the efforts of their forebears—including My Bloody Valentine, The Smiths, and Jesus and Mary Chain—the four-piece harkens back to a time when vocals originally took the backseat to the din and churns out catchy major-chord jingles on its eponymous debut.

True, it’s less of a revolution than an evolution of the shoegazy scene, but the record’s streamlined  sound results in a spot-on coherence that’s positively refreshing in its consistency. Their second single, “Young Adult Friction,” tells a tale of teenage lust unfolding in all its risque glory in the stacks of the library, cheered on by a driving rhythm and a melody that just won’t quit. I would tell you to see them tonight at The Rickshaw Stop, but the show is sold out—unless you have an extra ticket, in which case…consider me your date.

The Pains of Being Pure at Heart – Young Adult Friction

Who: The Pains of Being Pure at Heart

What: The Pains of Being Pure at Heart

When: 2.3.2009

Where: New York, NY

Why: “I never thought I would come of age / Let alone on a moldy page.”

How: Slumberland

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One Response to “The Pains of Being Pure at Heart: “Young Adult Friction””

  1. Celina Says:

    Thumbs up. Based off of your “The Pains of Being Young at Heart” review, we recommend “Shocking Pinks” – Love, iTunes

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