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Pains of Being Pure at Heart (new EP) now on tour w/ Cymbals Eat Guitars (more Brooklyn Bowl pics)

photos by Lori Baily

Cymbals Eat Guitars @ Brooklyn Bowl

Cymbals Eat Guitars

New York’s [Pains of Being Pure at Heart] secured their position as indie-pop darlings earlier this year via their superb self-titled debut album, and are already trekking out in support of another release, the “Higher than the Stars” EP. Manifesting as a quintet (adding another guitar to their usual guitar, keys, bass and drums arrangement), they delivered pensive, breezy, melodious anthems of romantic anxiety such as “This Love Is (expletive) Right,” and “Everything With You” with much free-spirited bopping and swaying.

Banter was limited but charming. Pains frontman Kip Berman, himself a former Cambridge resident, made it known that he sympathized with anyone forced to leave early to catch the last train. Attired in what appeared to be an olive colored robe, singer/ keyboardist Peggy Wang announced that her friend was celebrating his bachelor party at the Middle East Downstairs that evening.

Fellow New Yorkers the Depreciation Guild and Cymbals Eat Guitars opened. Performing in front of a video of rapidly flashing, alternating sides of a Rubik’s Cube, the Depreciation Guild employed duel guitars and gentle, trebly vocals for hypnotic results. Their shoegazey pop makes for excellent pre-nap-time ambience, which explains why they looked to be on the verge of nodding off.

Cymbals Eat Guitars performed passionately, but always seemed to be cramming four song concepts into one. They could learn a thing or two about the beauty of simplicity from the Pains. [Boston Herald]

That review is from the Cymbals Eat Guitars/POBPAH/Depreciation Guild tour kick off show in Boston on September 5th. Those bands come to NYC’s Webster Hall for a show on October 3rd. Tickets are still on sale.

A little more than a week before the Boston show, CEG played Insound’s 10 anniversary party at Brooklyn Bowl. Another set of pics from that show, along with info on that new Pains EP, and all tour dates, below…


Cymbals Eat Guitars

Cymbals Eat Guitars

Cymbals Eat Guitars

Cymbals Eat Guitars

Cymbals Eat Guitars

Cymbals Eat Guitars

Cymbals Eat Guitars

Cymbals Eat Guitars


The Pains of Being Pure at Heart
Higher Than The Stars EP
Street date: Sept. 22, 2009

01 “Higher Than The Stars”
02 “103”
03 “Falling Over”
04 “Twins”
05 “Higher Than The Stars (Saint Etienne Visits Lord Spank Remix)”

01 “Higher Than The Stars”
02 “Higher Than The Stars (Others In Conversation Remix)”

01 “Higher Than The Stars”
02 “103”
03 “Falling Over”
04 “Twins”

A1 “Higher Than The Stars (Saint Etienne Visits Lord Spank Remix)”
B1 “Falling Over (DJ Downfall Sprechenbann Mix)”
B2 “Higher Than The Stars (Skanfrom Remix)”

Cymbals Eats Guitars – 2009 Tour Dates
9/5 – Middle East Downstairs – Boston, MA (W/ POBPAH)
9/6 – La Sala Rossa – Montreal (W/ POBPAH)
9/7 – Horseshoe Tavern – Toronto (W/ POBPAH)
9/8 – Logan Square Auditorium – Chicago, IL (W/ POBPAH)
9/9 – Stage Door at The Orpheum – Madison, WI (W/ POBPAH)
9/10 – Slowdown – Omaha, NE (W/ POBPAH)
9/12 – Monolith Festival – Morrisson, CA (W/ POBPAH)
9/13 – Kilby Court – Salt Lake City, UT (W/ POBPAH)
9/14 – Neurolux – Boise, ID (W/ POBPAH)
9/15 – Neumos – Seattle, Washington (W/ POBPAH)
9/17 – Musicfest NW @ Doug Fir – Portland, OR (W/ POBPAH)
9/18 – Great American Music Hall – San Francisco CA, (W/ POBPAH)
9/19 – Troubadour – Los Angeles, CA (W/ POBPAH)
9/21 – Casbah – San Diego, CA (W/ POBPAH)
9/22 – Club Congress – Tucson, AZ (W/ POBPAH)
9/24 – Lola’s – Fort Worth, TX (W/ POBPAH)
9/25 – The Mohawk – Austin, TX (W/ POBPAH)
9/26 – One Eyed Jacks – New Orleans, LA (W/ POBPAH)
9/27 – Club Downunder – Tallahassee, FL (W/ POBPAH)
9/28 – The Earl – Atlanta, GA (W/ POBPAH)
9/29 – Local 506 – Chapel Hill, NC (W/ POBPAH)
9/30 – Black Cat – Washington DC (W/ POBPAH)
10/1 – Ottobar – Baltimore, MA (W/ POBPAH)
10/3 – Webster Hall – New York, NY (W/ POBPAH)
10/5 – First Unitarian Church – Philadelphia, PA (W/ POBPAH)
10/16 – Alfred University – The Knight Alfred, New York
10/17 – Boston University – Boston, Mass
10/18 – Great American Music Hall – San Francisco, CA (W/ POBPAH)
10/19 – Troubadour – Los Angeles, CA (W/ POBPAH)
11/10 – The Troxy – London , UK (W/ The Flaming Lips)
11/11 – The Troxy – London, UK (W/ The Flaming Lips)

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