Monday, December 1, 2014

Musical Advent Calendar 2014 Day 1 - The Pains of Being Pure at Heart - Days Of Abandon

The Pains of Being Pure at Heart - Days Of Abandon
May 13th YEBO Music

Between their sophomore and junior release, PoBPaH have ditched the Smashing Pumpkins drenched radio guitar rock of Belong (thankfully) along with  an integral band mate (sadly). This is not a complete return to the lo-fi, Slumberland inspired sound we fell in love with back in those salad days of aught-9. Days of Abandon takes all the great stuff from their debut and Higher than the Stars EP and polishes with tricks learned from rubbing Flood's bald head.

Kip's vocals and delivery can be a bit much for the faint of heart, new member Kelly Pratt (replacing Betty Wang) offers a reprieve, taking lead on two of the best tracks. If you pissed and moaned about their previous releases lacking "innovation"... despite the glossy production this one might not change your mind. For the rest of us who cry ourselves to sleep twice a month spooning a photo album of ex-lovers...this one is for you!

Okay, 24 more to go. Bloggers promise.

My SCATHING review of Belong : link
My WSJR interview with Kip back in 2009: link

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