Often, the best bands are the ones fans can grow up with. Such is the case with indie pop heroes The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart, who after impressing with heart-on-their-sleeve ruminations on youth are returning to tackle the latest development in its members’ lives: real, grown-up love.
Take “My Only,” the latest single premiering today (Aug 17) on Billboard off the band’s upcoming fourth album The Echo of Pleasure. Frontman Kip Berman bares it all on the glimmering, grand ode to a soulmate, which culminates in a full-hearted chorus: “Now that I said it / don’t you forget it / you’re my only.”
?”‘My Only’ is a song I started a long time ago, but wasn’t old enough to finish. I still don’t know if I’m old enough but it’s finished,” Berman tells Billboard. “The song is the opposite of what a single should be — it’s sprawling and unconcerned with immediateness — because it’s about something that isn’t immediate.
“So many young bands sing idly of absolute devotion, and that’s cool,” he continues. “But I am not young anymore. I’m married, with a young daughter and an old Volvo. There’s something about my life now that makes this song feel honest in a way it didn’t before.”
The upcoming album is The Pains’ latest since 2014’s ?Days of Abandon?, the group’s second album to make a dent in the Billboard 200 charts. “My Only” will be the new album’s lead track, and follows the previously-released singles “Anymore” and “When I Dance With You.”
Stream “My Only” below, and scroll on for The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart’s upcoming tour schedule. The Echo of Pleasure is out Sep 1 via their own label, Painbow.
The Pains of Being Pure At Heart Tour Dates
Sept 9 — Brooklyn, NY @ Oct Fest / The Brooklyn Hangar *
Sept 23 — Seattle, WA @ Tractor Tavern #^
Sept 24 — Portland, OR @ Doug Fir Lounge #^
Sept 26 — San Francisco, CA @ The Chapel #^
Sept 27 — Los Angeles, CA @ Teragram Ballroom #^
Sept 30 — San Diego, CA @ The Loft #^
* w/ Charles Bradley, Kilo Kish
# w/ The Courtneys
^ w/ The Prids
The Echo of Pleasure Track List:
1. My Only
3. The Garret
4. When I Dance With You
5. The Echo of Pleasure
6. Falling Apart So Slow
7. So True
8. The Cure for Death