2019 American Music Awards

The Pains of Being Pure At Heart Are No More

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The Pains of Being Pure of Heart photographed at Lincoln Hall in Chicago on April 28, 2011.

The Pains of Being Pure at Heart are called it quits. Singer/guitarist Kip Berman broke the news to fans on Monday (Nov. 4) in a lengthy post in which he explained that his life has changed immeasurably since he founded the group in 2007 with keyboardist Peggy Wang, bassist Alex Naidus and drummer Kurt Feldman. Now, however, after four albums including 2017's The Echo of Pleasure, he's moving on to focus on his 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," Berman wrote in the Instagram post. "From that time forward, I never really felt the same - and the music I was creating didn’t feel the same either. But this is good, both for my heart and my music."    

And though Berman said some fans equate the group with a particular lineup, he said he always considered the group to be whoever he was collaborating with at the time, "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 different way." 

Luckily for fans of the New York shoegaze band, Berman said he's spent the past year working on a new record that he hopes to release in 2020 to follow-up the Oct. 2018 debut Natvral EP, Know Me More. To tide them over, he included a cover he recorded of one of his heroes, "You Look Like a Portrait" from Dear Nora's 2001 debut album.

Berman also helpfully provided links to what all the former Pains members are up to now.

Listen to "Portrait" and read Berman's full statement below.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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. But 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 different way. I’ve spent this past year making a new record, and hope to share it sometime next year. In the meantime, you can hear a cover I did of one of my heroes, Dear Nora, in the bio. If you are curious as to what other PAINS people are now up to: Kip: @the_natvral Alex: @massagetheband Peggy: @store_front_nyc Kurt: @kurt_feldman The Ice Choir Tenser Timpani Christoph: @ablebody + live w/ @jerrypaper_reality Jacob: @the_natvral @jeanines Dream Diary (?!) Drew: @wearebeverly @publicpractice Anton: @beachfossilsnyc Connor: @dondadi Jen: Showtime Goma @jengoma Jess Weiss: @fearofmen Elspeth: @shopnoctiluca Jess Krichelle Rojas: @JessKrichelle Chris: @archofloveband Brian: @peeldreammagazine @lunaretteny @the_natvral Photo: Pavla Kopecna

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