The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart – The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart (Painbow Records)


This cumbersomely-named group are hopelessly hooked on the moody jangle and shambolic pop of mid-1980s UK indie-rock. I’m not sure how a group of New Yorkers decided to attempt recreating the sound of The Pastels, The Vaselines, early Primal Scream, and Darklands-era Jesus and Mary Chain, but their debut EP’s five tracks have that era’s sound down to a “t”. There’s wispy vocals buried in reverb, noisy guitars, simple drumming that could have just as easily been done by a machine as a human, Spector-esque melodies…basically everything you’d expect to hear based on their influences. Perhaps they take their influences a step too far when they a) name a song (“This Love Is Fucking Right!”) after a Field Mice song (“This Love Is Wrong”) and b) steal the drums from The Jesus and Mary Chain’s “Never Understand” for “Orchard Of My Eye”, but all is forgiven thanks to EP’s eponymous closing track, an instantly catchy tune which shows they can be more than just the sum of their influences.