Not that anyone goes out of their way to point it out, but I am pretty sure that everyone is aware of the fact that fads don’t last forever. They may be revived years later, but that will still be short-lived. Each new fad brings about new bands that thrive in that atmosphere. Take this current resurrection of 80s culture, for example. I would say that it’s been happening for the past year and a half. Out of it has emerged many, many bands. Some with new ideas and some without. However, both sets of ideas are appreciated. In the heat of the moment–the moment in question lasting several years’ time–one doesn’t waste their time with worrying about originality or creative progress. In fact, as a consumer, it’s natural to simply want something that does the trick regardless of quality. This opens us up to just about anything we come across which in turn provides countless opportunities for bands to show us that they have ‘the right stuff’. Now, once all of that is surpassed and a band has become a functioning part of the fad-based community in which it has been accepted, the only thing left to wonder about is whether they can stay there after the trends die down.
I’ve been thinking about this a lot lately. I’ve spent hours on end wondering which bands, of the many that have crawled out of the woodwork, will stand the test of time. Sure, I have guesses. But the beautiful thing about guessing is the ever-lingering possibility of being wrong. Therefore, I always take myself with a grain of salt.
The Pains of Being Pure At Heart have released the b-side to their new single, “Heart In Your Heartbreak”, and if you recall my post about the a-side, I wasn’t too fond of this new direction. However, I did say that the track might be a ‘grower’…and it was. It really, really was. The same can be said for this track. It’s different than their previous work, but if you get past the fact that they have cleaner production, you still have a good song. Check out “The One” below.
Fortuna Pop! has already released the single in Europe. It will be released stateside December 14th.
Or you could get it here, whatever.
New York’s The Pains of Being Pure At Heart have just released the first single from their upcoming sophomore album coming out on Slumberland Records next March. It’s called “Heart In Your Heartbreak”.
The single will be released on Slumberland December 14th and will feature “The One” on the b-side. Listen to “Heart In Your Heartbreak” below.
I’m not too sold on this yet. It’s written like a good pop hit should be, but something about it doesn’t quite sit right with me. It sounds like the band is missing that youthful fury that we could hear on their first album; hell, even on the most recent single, “Say No To Love”. However, I won’t be passing judgement on this just yet. I’m still looking forward to the album. Maybe this track is a ‘grower’; you never know.
(in no particular order: Frankie Rose, Kate Ryan, Margot Bianca, and Caroline Yes!)
:droooool: –ahem. Yes.
Frankie Rose (ex-Vivian Girl, ex-Crystal Stilts, ex-Dum Dum Girl) and her band The Outs finally have a full-length LP ready for release.
It is self-titled and will be put out on Slumberland Records September 21st.
YEEES. I have been waiting for this band to have a full-length since I first heard the “Thee Only One” single last year. This kind of atmospheric, dreamy, straightforward pop just drives me crazy. This album is going to be a more ‘hi-fi’ approach to the kind of music Rose has worked with in the past so it would seem that Wavves isn’t the only one polishing their sound with flying colors this year.
Oh, and this new single, “Little Brown Haired Girls”? Incredible. Listen below.
Procedure Club is a noisy dream-pop duo from New Haven, Connecticut with an “emphasis on noise” according to their label, Slumberland Records.
They have an album out today called Doomed Forever.
I’m going to assume it’s just as noisy as this track below called “Feel Sorry For Me”.
The band will be going on tour soon. Details below:
June 26 – Popeye’s Garage, New Haven CT
July 9 – Velvet Lounge, Washington DC
July 10 – JR’s Bar, Philadelphia PA
July 31 – Weird Exorcism festival at Temple U, Boston MA
August 4 – Silent Barn, Brooklyn NY &
August 26 – Casa del Popolo, Montreal QC $
August 28 – Parts and Labour, Toronto ON
September 12 – Part Time Punks @ The Echo, Los Angeles CA
* = w/ Estrogen Highs and Home Blitz
# = w/ Kid Romance
$ = w/ The Pink Noise, The O-Voids
& = w/ Birds Names
(From L-R: Kurt, Kip, Alex, Peggy)
Brooklyn’s dream-pop sensation The Pains of Being Pure At Heart are just coming off of their tour time and have a new single coming out soon!
This is pretty exciting news, guys. I’ve been waiting for something to stir from this band since the release of their Higher Than The Stars EP last year.
It would seem that my waiting paid off. :) The single is called “Say No To Love” and will be backed with a song called “Lost Saint”. After it’s release on June 8th, the band will embark on a short tour of the lower East coast of the country with Surfer Blood and Hooray for Earth. Once the tour’s complete, the band will begin working on their sophomore LP. Naturally, the single’s coming out on Slumberland Records.
6/3 Milford, CT Daniel Street
6/4 Rochester, NY The German House
6/5 Buffalo, NY The Tralf
6/6 Cleveland, OH Beachland Ballroom
6/8 Memphis, TN Hi Tone Cafe
6/9 Birmingham, AL Bottletree Cafe
6/10 Tallahassee, FL The Engine Room
6/11 Orlando, FL Club at Firestone
6/12 Miami, FL Grand Central – Poplife 11
6/13 Jacksonville, FL Jack Rabbits
6/15 Carrboro, NC Cat’s Cradle
6/16 Washington, DC Black Cat
I can only imagine what this single will sound like; probably the same format the band’s always had. But hey, it’s not like that’s going to stop you from listening to it. Plus, dig that artwork. :)