The Pains of Being Pure at Heart Dingwalls Tuesday October 22, 2012
The Pains of Being Pure at Heart really do share amazing chemistry. As one of the key players in the sparkling, crackling, dream pop/noise pop craze of recent years, their performance at Dingwalls, Camden last week sounded tight, on point and fizzed with familiarity without being stagnant or dull. While support bands Hatcham Social and Echo Lake were young and impressive, Pains of Being Pure at Heart really set the bar for how these things ought to be done.
The band presented themselves with more comfort and confidence than past performances, in particular keyboard player Peggy Wang. Having seem them a couple of times previously, the way in which Peggy sang out seemed somehow more sure, and complimented lead vocalist Kip Berman’s tone so beautifully, re-emphasising why the dynamic between these musicians work so well. The boys, with their guitars hold that gorgeous, bright eyed, floppy haired indie-boy turned man charisma, still enjoying (we hope) the angst filled melodies of Orange Juice and the Smiths. Pains of Being Pure at Heart’s energy was strong, vibrant and physically exuberant, which was nothing but thrilling to watch. The new tracks they played provoked as much of a response from the crowd as old, familiar pieces, leaving an exciting impatience for the third album, though according to fan fuelled hear-say whispers, will not be for some time.
If this little U.K tour was to test new material, to briefly escape New York or even if to gather momentum to continue recording, Pains of Being Pure at Heart really presented the pudding this evening. One of the sweetest, most endearing and energising gigs I have enjoyed for quite a while. Lovely.
Review by Jayne Stynes