The Pains of Being Pure at Heart have certainly shown an ability to rock, but it’s been with all the smile and wink of pure indie-pop. The sunny harmonies of “Young Adult Friction” were unforgettable, and the song jammed the way indie-kids do — slick and sweet, with angst and earnestness.
So when things go all crunchy at the start of the newest single/title track from the band’s forthcoming record, it’s a slight surprise. But it feels right. There’s a little more haze passing across that shining sun, and it easily recalls 90’s-era Smashing Pumpkins. Pitchfork noted as much this morning when the single broke, letting us know the band worked with the same producers that built Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness and other 90’s indie jams.
This is the third single from Belong, and if the first two and this newest track are any indication, the record is going to be a bit of a flashback for us former and current indie kids. The first two singles hinted at it; “Belong” does all but announce it.
It’s been two years to the day that the band’s self-titled debut was released. Our interest is sufficiently piqued for their sophomore effort, which will once again be released on Slumberland Records, on March 29.