BY TESSA SOLOMON
Since their early 2000s self-released EP, The Pains of Being Pure at Heart have built a presence on consistently classic indie pop. Led by erstwhile vocalist/guitarist Kip Berman, the EP interested audiences with its pitch-perfect take on the fuzzy ‘80s aesthetic. Their 2009 self-titled debut album featured more substantial songwriting without sacrificing their melancholy nostalgia, while their two subsequent studio albums — Belong (2011) and Days of Abandon (2014) — saw the POBPAH trading their sound for more ‘90s-flavored alt-rock soundscapes. The transition was praised as impressively smooth, granting them an escape from the ‘80s and moving them all the way up to the ‘90s.