Toffee with your Vicodin

For all of the fuzzed-out guitar noise, there’s something delightfully twee about the Pains of Being Pure at Heart. Part of it is the band name, which has a wounded religiosity pulled straight from the Belle & Sebastian book of tricks (If You’re Feeling Sinister anyone?). And part of it is the track-listing to the group’s self-titled debut album, which contains schlocky puns (“The Tenure Itch”) and ’50s doo-wop send-ups (“A Teenager in Love”). But mostly, it’s the music itself that makes the New York four-piece so damn cute. Case in point: the new single “Young Adult Friction.” Unlike the fuzzy shoegaze of much of the band’s material, this song is pure Britpop jangle; with its dreamy reverb and sugary melodies, it could almost be “There She Goes” by the La’s. Like everything the group does, the tune has a hazy, nostalgic quality, so here’s hoping the band makes a sun-bleached Super 8 video to go along with it.

mp3: “Young Adult Friction”

“Young Adult Friction” will be released on 7″ on March 31 via Slumberland. It can also be found on the group’s self-titled album, which was released last month.
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