The Pains of Being Pure At Heart’s eagerly anticipated sophomore album, Belong, is out now – the band has made a stream of the full album available on its website. Pains launches a full North American tour with Twin Shadow tonight in Philadelphia.
To help bring their new batch of tunes to life the band enlisted the help of producer Flood (Smashing Pumpkins, U2, PJ Harvey) and ace mixer Alan Moulder (My Bloody Valentine, The Jesus & Mary Chain, Ride). The result is Belong, a massive sounding album, sonically ambitious but still grounded in the peerless song-craft that The Pains are known for.
“Belong,” the title track is the second single to be taken from the album and it’s a huge, in your face pop tune. Based around a massive guitar riff and booming drums, “Belong” is a perfect example of how well the band’s partnership with their new production team worked. It’s pure Pains all the way, but bolder, louder and more confident. The “Belong” single was released March 15 on vinyl in the US via Slumberland and March 7 in the UK via Fortuna Pop! The album Belong was released 3/29 on Limited Edition Colored vinyl, CD, and download via Slumberland/Collective Sounds.
THE PAINS OF BEING PURE AT HEART
04/02 Carrboro, NC Cat’s Cradle *
04/04 Athens, GA 40 Watt Club *
04/05 Atlanta, GA The Earl *
04/06 Birmingham, AL Bottletree Cafe *
04/07 New Orleans, LA One Eyed Jacks *
04/08 Houston, TX Fitzgerald’s *
04/09 Austin, TX Emo’s *
04/10 Lubbock, TX Jake’s *
04/12 Sante Fe, NM Corazon *
04/13 Tucson, AZ Club Congress !
04/15 Indio, CA Coachella
04/18 Visalia, CA The Cellar Door *&
04/19 San Francisco, CA Great American Music Hall *&
04/21 Portland, OR Doug Fir Lounge *&
04/22 Seattle, WA The Crocodile *#
04/25 Minneapolis, MN Triple Rock Social Club *
04/26 Milwaukee, WI Turner Hall *
04/27 Chicago, IL Lincoln Hall *
04/28 Chicago, IL Lincoln Hall *
04/29 Bloomington, IN Rhino’s *
04/30 Columbus, OH The Basement *
05/02 Milford, CT Daniel Street *
05/03 Boston, MA Paradise Rock Club *
05/06 New York, NY Webster Hall *%
! = w/ Warpaint, Twin Shadow, PVT, Catwalk
* = w/ Twin Shadow
& = w/ Catwalk
# = w/ Seapony
% = w/ Big Troubles