“Belong’ – Pains Of Being Pure At Heart
Brendan Fraser’s career may not be studded with gems of Oscar-worthy cinematic brilliance but more often than not it does revolve around someone coming from the past and adapting to modern eccentricities (ie. Encino Man and Blast from the Past).
The Pains of Being Pure at Heart emerged in 2009 from what appears to be a time capsule buried by several members of The Smiths and that red head from Sixteen Candles. Their self-titled debut was a lesson in understatement and really wrapped up an era of music that sparked the need for shoe-gaze being instated as a genre as well as a past-time.
The band has since then locked themselves back in their time machine and have emerged in what seems to be, chronologically, the late eighties and have adopted the louder drums, echoed snares and synth-cheese that came with it. Everything seems a lot more epic and as though the band is working their way towards a larger sound. The album itself, however, is certainly not a filler album; just a gateway.
It seems cliché to use a phrase such as ‘coming of age’, but the bands’ second album Belong has stripped away the tentative steps and naivety of the first and replaced it with, what can only be seen as brash and confident adolescence. Where their first album sings of finding love and awkward hugs in parks Belong continues from that point and comes to grip with loss and finding the wrong people to hold. The songs drip with the hurt of being wronged, love-sickness and doing regrettable things just for sake of doing them. “Lets go out tonight and do something wrong, ’cause I never feel alright when disaster’s gone”.
Although Belong soaks itself in more mature themes; coupled with fist-pumping drum machine and fuzz-filled guitar solos it’s in no way a depressing realisation; it’s about falling out of love, having your heart broken and all the while smiling because you’ve never felt so alive.
– Jonty Thompson