Indie-pop group to appear on Southampton stage

Indie-pop group group to appear on stage

Indie-pop group group to appear on stage

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IF there’s one gig you cannot afford to miss in September, it’s this rare appearance of New York City’s The Pains of Being Pure at Heart.

The critically-acclaimed indie pop outfit will grace the historic Joiners stage for what promises to be a memorable set on September 2.

The band are now three studios in following the release of the eagerly-awaited Days of Abandon, which recaptures their unmistakable brand of bright, sleek guitars, anthemic choruses, and catchy hooks.

Frontman Kip Berman formed the band in Portland, Oregan, and met fellow member Alex Naidus where they bonded over a mutual love for bands such as The Field Mice, Smashing Pumpkins and grunge heroes Nirvana.

The band’s self-titled debut album was released in 2009 and was globally praised by music critics.

Talking about Days of Abandon, Berman said: “I wanted the album to be powerful without being loud.

Simply stepping on a fuzz pedal every 14 seconds felt like a crutch, though a pretty cool sounding crutch. I didn’t want to hide these songs behind walls of distortion or elaborate studio wizardry.

“Music always says the things we can’t say in conversation. So it feels hopeless to say why these songs feel more honest and vivid to me. But for the first time in a while, I feel the same sense of possibility I felt when I started the band.”

Tickets for The Pains of Being Pure at Heart at the Joiners in St Mary Street are priced at £12 and can be bought at

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