The Pains of Being Pure at Heart – Hell EP

Sam Greenspan, contributor

This all-too-brief and incredibly bracing shot of audible absinthe from The Pains of Being Pure at Heart successfully accomplishes what most musicians could only hope to have their EPs do: leave you wanting more and more.

The first song and title track is replete with nods to their influences from Prince’s seemingly effortless hooks, with a poetic mastery of uptempo, toe-tapping doom. The following two tracks, “Ballad of the Band” and “Laid,” are a delightful demonstration of the band’s firm grasp of modernity – in a good way. I know, I know. I cringed when I wrote “modernity” as well.

Fear not. Let this band take you to hell. You’ll love the journey.

Rating: 11 out of 12 Cans of PBR!

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