The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart are pleased to announce a new 7” single on Play It Again Sam featuring covers of two of their favorite bands ever, The Magnetic Fields and East River Pipe. The single marks the first new recordings from the band since their 2011 album, Belong, and will be available in limited quantities on olive green vinyl on October 29th and download from October 9th. The single was recorded in June at Rare Book Room, and features “Jeremy” by The Magnetic Fields as the A-side with “My Life is Wrong” by East River Pipe on the flip.

Peggy Wang of Pains explains her personal connection to The Magnetic Fields: “The Magnetic Fields were a band without context. …I can look back at the time and see how the Magnetic Fields were a band that could exist outside of a context and still make me fall in love with them. I didn’t need to know if they were anyone else’s favorite band, I didn’t need to know what they looked like or where they were from or any frivolous details a hypothetical Tigerbeat interview might have divulged to me. The Magnetic Fields might have been the last band I ever unconditionally loved without ever stopping to try to understand why - just the kind of love story I hoped to one day live through.”

Nn the topic of East River Pipe’s “My Life is Wrong,” The Pains’ Kip Berman says: “Sure, it had all the prerequisites of this particular strain of indiepop — jangly guitars, the tinny kick and snare of a drum machine, and and an intimate vocal delivery intended for living rooms and campus rec centers, not big rock clubs or arenas. But where many of F.M. Cornog’s peers sang gently about gentle things — unrequited love or social discomfort — his understated voice evoked a sense of grand ambition thwarted (‘God knows I tried to live, this is all there is’). I heard a man striving for something far greater than he knew he could ever achieve, emerging from defeat with this undeniable pop gem as recompense for his struggle.”

The Pains have always been quick to share their enthusiasm for all the great bands who inspire them to make music, and with this great, rocking single we see them very concretely pay tribute to two of the finest song-writers in contemporary indie music.

The single is released to coincide with the bands tour of Europe through October and November, all dates and details below.

Track listing: 1. Jeremy; 2. My Life Is Wrong

Oct 14 Oran Mor, Glasgow, United Kingdom Buy

Oct 15 Ruby Lounge, Manchester, United Kingdom Buy

Oct 16 Dingwalls, London, United Kingdom Buy

Oct 18 Stereolux, Nantes, France Buy

Oct 19 Le Trabendo, Paris, France Buy


Oct 21 L’Epicerie Moderne, Lyon, France Buy

Oct 23 Astoria City, Turin, Italy 

Oct 24 Circolo degli Artisti, Rome, Italy Buy

Oct 26 Covo Club, Bologna Bo, Italy

Oct 27 Looop, Padova, Italy Buy

Oct 29 Mascotte Club, Zurich, Switzerland Buy

Oct 30 Kino Siska, Ljubljana, Slovenia Buy

Oct 31 Szene, Vienna, Austria Buy

Nov 01 Ahoi! pop 2012, Linz, Austria Buy

Nov 03 Musikkantine, Augsburg, Germany Buy

Nov 04 Meet Factory, Prague, Czech Republic Buy

Nov 05 Conne Island, Leipzig, Germany Buy

Nov 06 Bi Nuu, Berlin, Germany Buy

Nov 07 Atlas, Århus C, Denmark Buy

Nov 08 Debaser, Malmo, Sweden Buy

Nov 09 Sticky Fingers, Gothenburg, Sweden Buy

Nov 10 Debaser Medis, Stockholm, Sweden Buy

Nov 12 Kojaamo, Helsinki, Finland Buy

Nov 13 Be Cool, Barcelona, Spain Buy

Nov 14 Be Cool, Barcelona, Spain Buy

Nov 15 Sala López, Zaragoza, Spain Buy

Nov 16 Nave de Musica, Madrid, Spain Buy

Nov 17 Casa Da Musica, Porto, Portugal Buy

AuthorJordan Mohler