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5 Questions with: The Pains of Being Pure at Heart

TPOBPAH @ Indie Pop Prom 2013 (more by Bruno Simões)

The Pains of Being Pure at Heart are pretty consistent with their love for ’80s and ’90s indie, but they don’t repeat themselves, and continue to navigate new territory on their upcoming third album, a quieter, poppier record than the Corgan riffs of 2011’s Belong.

Folks attending SXSW this week can get an early taste of Days of Abandon (and TPOBPAH’s new line-up) and their schedule includes the Saturday BrooklynVegan free BrooklynVegan day party. (For those that aren’t, they’ll be touring soon too.) Nice guy frontman Kip Berman, a genuine music lover, put some thought into our 5 QUESTIONS:

1) What is your favorite venue to play in the country and why?

Kip: I’m not going to include NYC, because hometown shows are always super special. But the Bottletree Cafe in Birmingham, Alabama is incredible. They have these airstream trailers that serve as the “back stage” area, they feed bands good food, and everyone that works there is pretty awesome.

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2) Tell us about the worst show you’ve ever played.

Kip: The stage caught on fire once at SXSW, Alex got pelted in the head with a full beer can for wearing the “wrong” Sao Paolo soccer team’s jersey in Brazil – but honestly, even those shows were pretty incredible. Anytime you get to step on stage and play songs for people is a good moment in life.

3) What are some albums that you guys have been spinning in the van lately?

Kip: Well, we’re going on tour with Fear of Men (Kanine Records) later this spring, and their debut record “Loom” is absolutely incredible. But I guess since we’re sharing a van, we won’t be playing it – as that could get kind of awkward. I’m psyched that Christoph [Hochheim] is back with the band as he’s also really into El Records and hopefully he’ll be a good ally in getting some Louis Philippe, King of Luxembourg, Always and Bad Dream Fancy Dress on the stereo. I’m also really into this EP from Yumi Zouma (Cascine) and I think Destroyer is well loved by everyone in Pains.

4) What would your metal band name be?

Kip: I think our name is already pretty perfect for metal, screamo or indiepop.

5) Be honest: how often do you change your clothes on tour?

Kip: Underwear and socks are important to keep fresh. But I think I’ve worn the same pair of jeans for about a month.


The Pains of Being Pure at Heart – 2014 SXSW Schedule
3/14/2014 – Cedar Street Courtyard – 10:45pm
3/15/2014 – The Needle Drop / Impose @ The Grackle – 2:35pm
3/15/2014 – Brooklyn Vegan Day Party @ Red 7 – 5pm

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