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The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart Announce Split

Tuesday, 05 November 2019 Written by Jon Stickler

The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart are calling it a day.

The New York indie-pop group formed in 2007 and put out their self-titled debut record two years later. They went on to release three more albums, 2011's 'Belong', 2014's 'Days of Abandon', with their last full-length being 2017's 'The Echo of Pleasure'. 

Founder Kip Berman broke the news with a post on social media. Head below to read the full statement.

Berman, meanwhile, released 'Know Me More', his first EP as the Natvral in 2018.

"Kip here.

"My life has changed radically from the time I started Pains with Peggy, Alex and (soon after) Kurt in 2007, and I’ve decided to focus on a new project @the_natvral.

"Pains was a distinct moment in my life. I started the group when I first moved to New York and completed our last record, “The Echo of Pleasure,” shortly before my daughter was born and I moved to Princeton, NJ. From that time forward, I never really felt the same - and the music I was creating didn’t feel the same either.

"This is good, both for my heart and my music.

"I know some of you equate “PAINS” with a particular lineup of people, but I’ve always felt that whoever I collaborated with has been “the real band,” because what animated the music was so consistent. But now, that strange something that inspired what we were able to create is absent. What has taken its place feels very different, and I have to express it in a new and different way.

"I’ve spent this past year making a new record, and hope to share it with you sometime next year. In the meantime, you can hear a cover I did of one of my heroes, Dear Nora, at https://thenatvral.bandcamp.com/

"If you are curious as to what other PAINS people are now up to:

"Kip Berman: The Natvral
Alex Naidus: Massage
Peggy Wang: Store Front
Kurt Feldman: The Ice Choir / Tenser Timpani
Christoph Hochheim: Ablebody + live w/ Jerry Paper
Jacob Sloan: The Natvral / Jeanines / Dream Diary
Drew Citron: Beverly / Public Practice
Anton Hochheim: Beach Fossils
Jen Goma: Showtime Goma
Jess Weiss: Fear of Men
Elspeth Vance: @shopnoctiluca
Jess Krichelle Rojas: Jess Krichelle (visual artist)
Chris Schackerman: Arch of Love
Brian Alvarez: Peel Dream Magazine / Lunarette / The Natvral
Danny Taylor: Deep Space Recordings (studio)"

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