New lineup revitalizes The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart at FFF Fest

The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart found themselves on the Fun Fun Fun Fest lineup this year in a comfortable position – playing on the Orange Stage in the time slot directly before their current touring partners, The New Pornographers.

The band’s lineup has changed considerably from when they first broke out in 2009 with their self-titled debut record. The only original member in the band now is chief songwriter and vocalist Kip Berman. For the band’s third album “Days Of Abandon,” Kip wrote the entire record alone and, while some of the previous band members were involved in the recording, he’s got an entirely new backing band altogether.

Any concerns about the lineup change simply float away once you watch them in action. The new songs blossom on stage. Set opener “Until The Sun Explodes” recalled the magic of some of The Cure’s best singles. There wasn’t any shyness about incorporating older tracks into the mix as well with “Heart In Your Heartbreak” and “Come Saturday” among the afternoon’s highlights.

Along with his new bandmates, Kip is crafting some of the most glorious jangle-pop you’ll ever hear. It somehow manages to sound nostalgic and timeless simultaneously. His endless enthusiasm shined through on stage, never more charming than when he mentioned they were doing a record signing after their performance, but encouraging the crowd to stay put to watch The New Pornographers instead.

The band played out their signature tune “The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart” (yes, they share a name with a track from their debut album) right as the sun began to fall behind the tree line around the park.

Author: Matt Shiverdecker

Matt spent over 12 years as on-air host and Music Director at WOXY.com. He is a freelance contributor to the Austin American-Statesman.

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