The Pains of Being Pure at Heart are one of the safest bets in indie music. Their first two albums were jam-packed with shoe-gazey pop that jangled with good cheer and lovely hooks. It was music for music fans, a modern group that looked back lovingly upon the Smiths and Belle and Sebastian without seeming totally derivative. I loved them, and most of my friends who loved music loved them as well.
Their new track, “Simple And Sure”, off the forthcoming Days of Abandon (out April 22nd via Yebo Records) seems like a natural addition to their canon, but it is even brighter than previous songs by the band. The joy of listening to Pains was hearing the bright pop hooks, then diving in and finding the darkness in each track. I’m sure I’ll get there with “Simple and Sure,” but for now, the name of the track is pretty reflective of the song itself. This is a song by a band that’s so sure itself they can make a pretty, simple song. Don’t fault them for it. Stream “Simple And Sure” below.
STREAM: The Pains of Being Pure at Heart – “Simple and Sure”