Love indie-pop? You're in luck. The Pains of Being Pure at Heart are back! It's a new lineup, still fronted by the king of jangle, Kip Berman. Today they've shared a new track, a cover of Manchurian band James' "Laid," and announced a new EP titled Hell.
Berman released the following statement:
"A couple months ago I posted a demo for the song “Hell” and some people said, “why don’t you record that for real?” So we went over to my friend Danny’s studio (House Under Magic) and recorded the track along with two cover songs - “Ballad of the Band” by Felt and “Laid” by James as a way to mark our forthcoming tour of Japan. The latter has lead vocals by Jen Goma, who sang on our last album and also performs with the excellent pop contortionists, A Sunny Day in Glasgow. The Felt song is really the UR-Felt song, the wry articulation of what Felt is most famous for - not being an eighth as famous as they ought to be.
The song “Hell” is about how insufferable performances of sensitivity are when there’s a good song playing and someone you want to dance with."
The song breathes new life into the original, but it's also interesting to hear a Pains track made up entirely of female vocals. While you're playing and replaying the re-working, make sure to check out our list of the best British bands going. TPOBPAH might hail from New York, but they draw so much inspiration from our friends across the pond.