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The Pains of Being Pure at Heart 2014.jpgThe Pains of Being Pure at Heart performing in 2014
Background information
OriginNew York City, New York, United States
GenresIndie pop, noise pop, shoegazing, synthpop
Years active2007–present
LabelsSlumberland, Fortuna Pop!, PIAS, Painbow
Associated actsThe Depreciation Guild, The Drums, Ice Choir, Ablebody, Fear of Men
MembersKip Berman
Past membersPeggy Wang
Kurt Feldman
Alex Naidus

The Pains of Being Pure at Heart are an American indie pop band from New York City, formed in 2007. The band currently centers around founding member and principal songwriter Kip Berman (vocals, guitar). Live he is joined by Christoph Hochheim (guitar), Jen Goma (keyboards, vocals), Jacob Sloan (bass) and Anton Hochheim (drums). Former members and contributors include Peggy Wang (keyboards, vocals),[1] Connor Hanwick, Kurt Feldman and Alex Naidus.

Their first album was a self-released EP, released in 2007. The release was distributed by Painbow – a record label created by the band.[2] Their debut self-titled full-length album was released on February 3, 2009 via Slumberland Records,[3] a personal favorite label of the band's. Their name comes from an unpublished children's story of the same title. A friend of Kip Berman wrote the story, which revolves around "realising what matters most in life – things like friendship and having a good time".[4][5] The group's self-titled album peaked at number nine on the Billboard Heatseekers chart.[6] In 2009, they released Higher Than the Stars, their second EP.[7] The band's second record, entitled Belong, was released in 2011.

The third Pains of Being Pure at Heart album, Days of Abandon, was released in May 2014.[8]


  • 1 Formation
  • 2 Band members
    • 2.1 Current members
    • 2.2 Touring members
  • 3 Discography
    • 3.1 Albums
    • 3.2 EPs
    • 3.3 Singles
    • 3.4 Compilations
  • 4 Equipment
    • 4.1 Guitar Rig & Signal Flow
  • 5 References


Kip Berman, lead singer, guitarist and principal songwriter grew up in Philadelphia, but moved to Portland, Oregon where he lived for several years. Berman played in numerous bands during that time. After finishing his college degree at Reed College, he moved to New York City. When working a job, he met Alex Naidus. The two bonded over their adoration for music, and their similar upbringing.[9] Bands such as Smashing Pumpkins, The Field Mice, Black Tambourine, and Nirvana helped to establish the two as friends. Soon after, the trio played at the birthday party of friend and bandmate Peggy Wang.[10] According to the musicians, they played "five songs in ten minutes, and the song names were longer than the songs". Using a backing track as a drummer, half of this setlist helped formulate the debut album.

In late 2007, The Pains started a MySpace page to showcase their songs. Berman noted, that at the time, the band name was all the group had.[11] Despite this, the trio worked on numerous tracks. Songs such as "Contender", "Come Saturday", and "This Love Is Fucking Right!" would stay band favorites, winding up on the 2009 album The Pains of Being Pure at Heart. Other tracks, such as "Orchard of My Eye", would be released on their first EP. It was at the time of their MySpace uploads that attention was being drawn to the act. Prominent music websites, such as Pitchfork and Stereogum, kept tabs on The Pains of Being Pure at Heart.

After numerous shows around New York, the trio recruited Kurt Feldman.[12] The drummer was the roommate of Berman. After playing more shows, both in and outside of the US—including regions as distant as China with promoters Split Works[13]—the band recorded their inaugural LP.

Band members

Current members

  • Kip Berman – vocals, guitar

Touring members

  • Christoph Hochheim - guitar
  • Anton Hochheim - drums
  • Jacob Sloan - bass, vocals
  • Jen Goma - vocals, keyboard


  • The Pains of Being Pure at Heart (Slumberland, 2009)
  • Belong (Slumberland / Play It Again Sam, 2011) (UK No. 109[14] US No. 92 )
  • Days of Abandon (Yebo Music, 2014) (US No. 168)


  • The Pains of Being Pure at Heart EP (Painbow, 2007)
  • Higher Than the Stars (Slumberland, 2009)
  • Acid Reflex (Play It Again Sam, 2012, Purple Vinyl)
  • "Abandonment Issue" (Yebo Music, 2014)
  • Hell (Painbow Records, 2015)


  • The Pains of Being Pure at Heart/The Parallelograms, split 7" with The Parallelograms (Atomic Beat, 2008)
  • Searching for the Now Volume 4, split 7" with Summer Cats (Slumberland, 2008)
  • "Everything With You / The Pains of Being Pure at Heart" (Slumberland, 2008, Blue vinyl)
  • "Young Adult Friction / Ramona" (Slumberland, 2009, Maroon/white swirl vinyl)
  • "Come Saturday / Side Ponytail" (Slumberland, 2009, Mint green clear vinyl)
  • "Say No to Love / Lost Saint" (Slumberland U.S. + Fortuna Pop UK, June 8, 2010, Seafoam green vinyl)
  • "Heart in Your Heartbreak / The One" (Slumberland, 2010, Plumb clear vinyl)
  • "Belong / I Wanna Go All The Way" (Slumberland, 2011, Pink vinyl)
  • "The Body / Tomorrow Dies Today" (Play It Again Sam / Slumberland, July 25, 2011, Yellow/orange clear vinyl)
  • "Jeremy (Magnetic Fields Cover) / My Life Is Wrong (East River Pipe Cover)" (Slumberland, 2012, Army green vinyl)
  • "Simple And Sure / Imposible" (Slumberland, 2014, Olive Green Vinyl)


  • Acid Reflex (Yoshimoto R and C, 2012, Japan CD) This compilation combines the Acid Reflex EP with the Higher Than The Stars Remixes plus one additional remix only found on this compilation.

Guitar Rig & Signal Flow

A detailed gear diagram of Kip Berman's 2011 The Pains of Being Pure at Heart guitar rig is well-documented.[15]


  1. ^ "Pure Energy", New York Press (2007-8-7)
  2. ^ Dusted Magazine Review (2007-10-15)
  3. ^ "Quit Your Day Job" (2008-12-10)
  4. ^ "The Wikipedia Files: The Pains of Being Pure at Heart on Chicago Public Radio Blog, July 21, 2009". Retrieved 2009-07-21. 
  5. ^ Tripwire Interview (2009-02-17)
  6. ^ Chart history,
  7. ^ Spoonfed Interview
  8. ^ "The Line of Best Fit", (12-5-2013)
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  13. ^ [1] (http). (2011). Retrieved on 2012-16-08
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  15. ^ Cooper, Adam (May 10, 2011). "Kip Berman's 2011 The Pains of Being Pure at Heart Guitar Rig". GuitarGeek.Com.
  • Wong, Martin (2009). "Growing Pains." Giant Robot Magazine issue 61.

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