The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart Drops A Chest-Bursting Single “Anymore”

Hybrid of grand intensity and ease.

Photo: Ebru Yildiz

NY indie rockers, The Pains of Being Pure at Heart, endowed us with the heartbreaking acceptance of an extinguished relationship in their 2014 album Days of Abandon. Exploring the frailty of human bond, it seemed like the frontman Kip Berman had let his youthful quixotic sentiments to ripen them into bittersweet realization that romance fades. But Berman seems to be back at cloud 9 with his latest single “Anymore” – a hybrid of grand intensity and ease that is fueled with throbbing choruses that sketch chest-swelling emotions. We find Berman again in love – but this time, he’s touching upon a more complex one where he prudently reflects on an infatuation that is not necessarily direct to a partner:

“‘Anymore’ is about a love that is extreme in its wonder and terror. ‘I wanted to die with you’ could mean either – and it probably means both” shared Berman.

Since the release of Abandon, Berman has become a father and faced the creative dilemma that any parent go through – will he be able to make music? “Anymore” focuses on capturing the emotional saturation that overcomes even our greatest fear: death. Whether the track is driven by fatherly love or couple’s love, Berman boxes us into the cathartic momentum. The track is taken from his upcoming record, The Echo of Pleasure, which will be out on July 14.

The Echo of Pleasure could be the near-symmetry of love. It’s the reflection back and forth, modulating over time, of two people who are together. It’s not a mirror – but a perpetual answering and asking. When one person is absent, that echo ceases or, as the title track laments, ‘fades into these silent days.’ In that sense, remember is a kind of echo, each instance slightly less vivid than the other before.” Shared Berman.

The Pains of Being Pure at Heart have tour dates coming up, so go see them live:

Europe 2017 tour

5/24 – Thekla (Bristol, UK)

5/25 – Night & Day Café (Manchester, UK)

5/27 – Think Tank? (Newcastle Upon Tyne, UK)

5/28 – Stereo (Glasgow, UK)

5/29 – Brudenell (Leeds, UK)

5/30 – Oslo Hackney (London, UK)

6/1 – The Cookie (Leicester, UK)

6/2 – Newhampton Arts Center (Wolverhampton, UK)

6/3 – The Cellar (Oxford, UK)

10/15 – Joy Slava (Madrid, Spain)

10/16 – Sala Hanger (Cordoba, Spain)

10/17 – Lemon Rock (Granada, Spain)

10/19 – La Rambleta (Valencia, Spain)

10/20 – Bikini (Barcelona, Spain)

10/21 – Escenario (Santander, Spain)

North America 2017 tour

6/8 – The Outer Space (Hamden, CT, USA)

6/9 – Music Hall of Williamsburg (Brooklyn, NY, USA)

6/14 – The Sinclair (Boston, MA, USA)

6/15 – 3S Artspace (New Portsmouth, NH, USA)

6/16 – Bar Le Ritz (Montreal, Canada)

6/17 – The Horseshoe Tavern (Toronto, Canada)

6/19 – The Grog Shop (Cleveland, OH, USA)

6/20 – El Club (Detroit, MI, USA)

6/22 – 7th St Entry (Minneapolis, MN, USA)

6/23 – High Noon Saloon (Madison, WI, USA)

6/24 – Lincoln Hall (Chicago, IL, USA)

6/25 – The Firebird (St Louis, MO, USA)

6/27 – The High Watt (Nashville, TN, USA)

6/28 – The Earl (Atlanta, GA, USA)

6/30 – Local 506 (Chapel Hill, NC, USA)

7/1 – Rock & Roll Hotel (Washington, DC, USA)

7/2 – World Café Live Downstairs (Philadelphia, PA, USA)

9/22 – Biltmore Cabaret (Vancouver, BC, Canada)

9/23 – Tractor Tavern (Seattle, WA, USA)

9/24 – Doug Fir Lounge (Portland, OR, USA)

9/26 – The Chapel (San Francisco, CA, USA)

9/27 – Teragram Ballroom (Los Angeles, CA, USA)

9/28 – The Loft UC (San Diego, CA, USA)