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The Pains of Being Pure at Heart – The Bowery Ballroom – May 12, 2009

May 13th, 2009
(Photo: Annie Powers)

(Photo: Annie Powers)

“This is our first show at Bowery and we thought it would be really horrible. But it’s been really fun.” —Peggy Wang

The Pains of Being Pure at Heart play what is known as shoegaze, a genre perfected in the late 1980s by shy, moody kids who strummed their guitars vigorously, buried the vocals deep in the mix and stared down at their feet. (Hence the name.) Good as they are, the Pains are going to have to work at appearing more bummed out. At their sold-out show at The Bowery Ballroom last night, they were positively giddy, overflowing with geeky good cheer and chatting amiably with the crowd between songs. The set was short and sweet—they only have one album plus one EP worth of material—and pretty much flawless. “This is our first show at Bowery and we thought it would be really horrible,” said the keyboardist Peggy Wang. “But it’s been really fun.” So much so that they didn’t gaze at their shoes once. —Joey Pisarcik