The Pains of Being Pure at Heart @ Sleazys 20-05-09

May 26, 2009

Nice n Sleazys, Glasgow, May 20 * * * *

Expectations were high for The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart’s sell-out show at Sleazys tonight. The latest bunch of New Yorkers to excite critics and fans alike, the quartet proved an irresistible indie-pop force as they worked their way through tracks from their acclaimed eponymous debut album.
Their cause may have been hampered by the fact singer/guitarist Kip Berman’s vocals were rendered inaudible to such an extent that songs like opener Doing All The Things, Stay Alive and Everything With You could have been mistaken for instrumentals, but even so it didn’t stop them winning over the packed crowd.
A knack for writing intelligent uplifting pop songs was always going to stand them in good stead, regardless of sound issues, and that was certainly the case throughout tonight’s performance.
Recently-released single Young Adult Fiction, Come Saturday and new track 103, delivered with convincing passion and honesty, didn’t disappoint on any level, each one ensuring heads bobbed and toes tapped.
With many of their influences hailing from Glasgow, Berman had described his band’s visit as a “pop pilgrimage” so it was fitting that the distinctly Vaselines-esque encore of Kurt Cobain’s Cardigan rounded off an impressive display in some style.


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