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Concert season in Toronto: The Pains of Being Pure at Heart at Horseshoe Tavern (September 7, 2009)

The Pains of Being Pure at Heart at Horseshoe Tavern

The Pains of Being Pure at Heart at Horseshoe Tavern

Next up in my series of concert reviews is The Pains of Being Pure at Heart at Horseshoe Tavern. Let me just start off by saying that concerts are so much better when standing on the left side of this venue. I was kind of jaded with Horseshoe as there were times at Frightened Rabbit when it felt like my eardrums were being stabbed. However, this night was just pure bliss.

Cymbals Eat Guitars started off the night on a solid note. Their sound is obviously driven by some strong percussion and they commanded the venue pretty well. The randomly placed screaming did have a few of my friends scratching their heads, but overall, I was impressed.

They were even more impressive when compared to the band that followed, The Depreciation Guild. Overall, TDG seemed to combine all the aspects of industrial that I don’t like with a lame light show. Though initially promising, their set dragged on and after a while, I just couldn’t stand it. However, TDG did allow me to take a bathroom break and also converse with the totally spaced out ticket lady (btw, wtf?). The stage wasn’t really set well for POBPAH but it didn’t matter because we were about to be taken back. Way back.

Kip Berman and Peggy Wang of The POBPAH

Kip Berman and Peggy Wang of The POBPAH

Let me just say that I find it hard to understand why there aren’t more bands with this sort of sound. Their dreamy, addictive brand of pop is straight from the 80’s and it had the crowd moving (as much as indie crowds move) the entire night. Their sound is such an authentic throwback, I half expected them to break out into some Jesus & Mary Chain in the middle of their set.

Sometimes, you don’t need to command a venue with stage presence and incredible instrumentation. Sometimes, all it takes are some frail indie kids with a sound full of nostalgia and good times. The Pains of Being Pure at Heart do have the most obnoxious band name on my Zune but they more than make up for it with the catchiest sound that I’ve heard in a while. Here is their performance of “Young Adult Friction”, one of my contenders for song of 2009:

Ra Ra Riot concert review coming soon!

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