The Pains of Being Pure at Heart Announce New Single, European Tour

The Pains of Being Pure at Heart  new 7″ single on Slumberland featuring covers of two of their favorite bands ever, The Magnetic Fields and East River Pipe.

The single marks the first new recordings from the band since their 2011 album, Belong, and will be available this October. The single was recorded in June at Rare Book Room, and features “Jeremy” by The Magnetic Fields as the A-side with “My Life is Wrong” by East River Pipe on the flip. “Jeremy” is streaming now at the Pains fan tumblr

Peggy Wang of Pains explains her personal connection to The Magnetic Fields:

“The Magnetic Fields, for me, were part of an immature phase. I know that has negative connotations, but in hindsight, I don’t think I could have fallen harder for any other band at any other time in my life. I had the kind of naive scrawl-their-name-on-my-notebook fixation that any young teenybopper would have had, except back then, I didn’t have the luxury of the internet to find out much about my favorite band, and I didn’t live in a big city where I might hope to catch a glimpse of my teen idols as they rolled through town. There wasn’t even a fan club for me to join. The Magnetic Fields were a band without context.”

Now that I’m older, I can look back at the time and see how the Magnetic Fields were a band that could exist outside of a context and still make me fall in love with them. I didn’t need to know if they were anyone else’s favorite band, I didn’t need to know what they looked like or where they were from or any frivolous details a hypothetical Tigerbeat interview might have divulged to me.

The Magnetic Fields might have been the last band I ever unconditionally loved without ever stopping to try to understand why – just the kind of love story I hoped to one day live through.”

Sep 07   Portland OR  Music Fest NW @ Star Theater

Oct 14    Oran Mor    Glasgow, United Kingdom
Oct 15    Ruby Lounge    Manchester, United Kingdom
Oct 16    Dingwalls    London, United Kingdom
Oct 18    Stereolux    Nantes, France
Oct 19    Le Trabendo    Paris, France
Oct 21    L’Épicerie Moderne    Lyon, France
Oct 23    Astoria City    Turin, Italy
Oct 24    Circolo degli Artisti    Rome, Italy
Oct 26    Covo Club    Bologna Bo, Italy
Oct 27    Looop    Padova, Italy
Oct 29    Mascotte Club    Zurich, Switzerland
Oct 30    Kino Siska    Ljubljana, Slovenia
Oct 31    Szene    Vienna, Austria
Nov 01    Ahoi! pop 2012    Linz, Austria
Nov 03    Musikkantine    Augsburg, Germany
Nov 04    Meet Factory    Prague, Czech Republic
Nov 05    Conne Island    Leipzig, Germany
Nov 06    Bi Nuu    Berlin, Germany
Nov 07    Aarhaus Atlas    Tann, Germany
Nov 08    Debaser    Malmo, Sweden
Nov 09    Sticky Fingers    Gothenburg, Sweden
Nov 10    Debaser Medis    Stockholm, Sweden
Nov 12    Kojaamo    Helsinki, Finlandr

The Pains of Being Pure at Heart
Jeremy b/w My Life is Wrong
Street Date: Oct. 9, 2012

A: “Jeremy” (Magnetic Fields)
B: “My Life Is Wrong” (East River Pipe)

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