Days of Abandon, the long-awaited third record from New York’s The Pains of Being Pure at Heart finds the band focusing on what’s always set them apart from their peers – songwriting. After two critically-acclaimed records (The New York Times, Pitchfork, The Guardian, Rolling Stone, Spin) that demonstrated the group’s ability to shift musical registers from bedroom pop daydreams to Alternative Nation anthems, the band have shared a new vision of gilded pop idealism.

Produced by Andy Savours (My Bloody Valentine, Patrick Wolf, Cloud Boat) and mixed by Charlie Hugall (Swim Deep, Florence And the Machine). Abandon is a bright and refreshing about-face from the roar and clamor that defined the group’s last record, the Flood-and-Alan Moulder helmed Belong.

The record’s title — a nod toward Elena Ferrante’s celebrated 2002 novel – hints at both the freedom and the fear that comes with solitude. While The Pains of Being Pure at Heart has always been centered on Berman’s songwriting, the amicable departure of three bandmates since the release of Belong allowed for new opportunities for growth and collaborations. The soaring vocals of Jen Goma are featured prominently throughout and help deliver on the pop promise the band has long aspired to. Likewise, multi-instrumentalist Kelly Pratt’s (Beirut, David Byrne) horn arrangements bring a newfound sophistication. No longer content to simply be “loud” or “soft,” Abandon is a record that revels in nuance and grace.

The Pains of Being Pure at Heart Links: Website | Facebook | Twitter

Watch the video for ‘Simple and Sure’ below:

Plus support from VICTORIES AT SEA

Victories at Sea fuse a vivacious combination of brutalist electronics hooks, soaring post-punk guitars and dolorous wordplay. This is a band riding high critically having recently been championed by the likes of the NME, The Guardian, Clash Magazine and XFM’s John Kennedy. Thrillingly taut and danceable, the band has toured their disco noir extensively in the UK and Europe and recently completed recording of their debut album due for release in Autumn 2015.

“Dolorous indie disco with a fresh spin, the band have supported Editors and Savages and you can imagine them making the headliners sweat” The Guardian

“Dark euphoria with pummeling drum beats to create a spiraling electronic sound that brings to mind the likes of New Order or Depeche Mode”  The Tipping Point

Victories At Sea Links: Website | Facebook | Twitter 

Watch the video for ‘Up’ below:

Plus opening support from GLEAM

The Birmingham shoegaze quartet, featuring two members of the now disbanded Wide Eyed, only posted their first track on Soundcloud on the 6th February but are already gaining widespread attention, including praise from NME.

Gleam Links: Soundcloud | Facebook | Twitter 



Watch the video for ‘Fake’ below: