A few years ago me and my roommate saw The Perks of Being a Wallflower about four times in theaters. I came in wanting to see if the movie could hit me in the heart as much as the book; it did. Fast forward to today and I’m still in love with the story, the writing, and the soundtrack. Every moment from the dance to the tunnel; perfection. So when I popped on an EP titled Hell, I wasn’t prepared to be transported back to those countless matinee mornings, but I was all thanks to The Pains of Being Pure at Heart.
Every song was a time machine to the part of the ‘80s that wasn’t as milestone as Madonna, but that still held a good chunk of what it meant to be in that decade. A time after disco, still flying free – “Hell” is like the distant, modern day cousin of Dexy’s Midnight Runner. For such a devilish moniker, this was quite a happy sounding tune. The same can be said of “Ballad of The Band,” a song that I’d put money on as being a tune fans of The Cure would smile about under their dark wardrobes. Lastly, they tossed a cover in the mix. I’m not sure who James even is, but his song “Laid” is instantly recognizable from the way the first line bursts out with such confidence. It wasn’t even the lyrics that really made me say, hey…I know this. It was the way The Pains of Being Pure at Heart delivered it in the same manner; proving that you can’t really mess too much with a classic.
The Pains of Being Pure at Heart could very well be the same as the perks of being a wallflower in some ways, but that’s a debate for another day. What I’m sure of now and can go on record saying is that any three of the songs on this EP would’ve worked wonderfully on the Perks soundtrack a few years ago. For that reason alone, A+ to this band. So make sure to check out Hell, out November 13.
Check out Really Cool Video – “Until The Sun Explode” by The Pains of Being Pure at Heart