Thursday, April 9, 2009

The Pains Of Being Pure Of Heart: Tour, Rickshaw In July

The Pains Of Pure Of Heart have been slowly building hype over the past few months for their own brand of shoegazey, blissed out, fuzz rock. To be honest, we sorta rolled our eyes the first couple of times we heard them, probably just because they display their influences so plainly. If you listen to this record and don't hear just how many bands it references, then sorry to say, you're pretty out of touch.

That being said, the more we listened to the band, the more it grew on us. While it is pretty plainly derivative, it does so in a way that's reverent and tasteful. What's more, the tunes are catchy and enjoyable, so who are we to look down our noses? Given that we're still waiting on a new My Bloody Valentine record, we need to get our dose of shoegazey pop somewhere.

So, if you find yourself digging the record like we are, then you're in luck. After an east coast run at the end of April and a quick jaunt to Europe, the band will be playing a string of west coast dates in July. This includes a stop at the Rickshaw Stop on July 21st. The band was in San Francisco during Noise Pop, but not as part of the festival. They opened for Deerhunter's free myspace gig, and by all accounts really nailed it. So if you missed out on that one, well, here's your chance.

UPDATE: Just found out Girls will be opening! Best!

mp3: The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart - The Tenure Itch

The Pains Of Being Pure Of Heart Spring/Summer 2009 North American Dates
Apr 24 American Legion (All Ages) Wallingford, Connecticut
Apr 25 Risley Hall - Cornell University (All Ages) Ithaca, New York
Apr 26 Iron Horse Hall w/ Ponytail - (All Ages) Northampton, Massachusetts
Apr 27 The Bug Jar (All Ages) Rochester, New York
Apr 28 Lee’s Palace - w/ Zaza Toronto, Ontario
Apr 29 The Pike Room at Crofoot - w/ Zaza (All Ages) Pontiac, Michigan
Apr 30 Beachland Tavern - w/ Zaza (All Ages) Cleveland, Ohio
May 1 The Summit - w/ Zaza Columbus, Ohio
May 2 The End - w/ Zaza Nashville, Tennessee
May 3 The Earl - w/ Zaza Atlanta, Georgia
May 4 Local 506 - w/ Zaza Chapel Hill, North Carolina
May 5 Talking Head Club - w/ Zaza (All Ages) Baltimore, Maryland
May 6 The Barbary - w/ Zaza - (All Ages) Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
May 7 Champion Ship Lemoyne, Pennsylvania
May 12 Bowery Ballroom - w/ Zaza New York, New York
Jun 18 Cake Shop - w/ Crystal Stilts New York, New York
Jul 18 2Pitchfork Music Festival Chicago, Illinois
Jul 20 The Echo (All Ages) Los Angeles, California
Jul 21 Rickshaw Stop (All Ages) San Francisco, California
Jul 23 Backspace (All Ages) Portland, Oregon
Jul 24 Biltmore Cabaret (19+) Vancouver, British Columbia