The Pains of Being Pure at Heart at The Basement

Staff Writer
Columbus Alive

For "Belong," their second album of twee-as-can-be shoegaze pop, The Pains of Being Pure at Heart employed Flood and Alan Moulder, the production team responsible for seminal works by alt-rock titans Smashing Pumpkins, PJ Harvey, Nine Inch Nails, U2 and Depeche Mode among others. The resulting record still basically sounds like the world's greatest Smiths/Cure tribute band, only bigger, bolder and ready for the arena.

Now matter how much "Siamese Dream" gloss they pile on, the Pains' core sound will always be rooted in the '80s, which makes them a fine touring partner for Twin Shadow, the Brooklyn-based project of impressively coifed Dominican native George Lewis Jr. Just when you thought New Wave revival was dead, Lewis' debut "Forget" gives the genre a jolt with moody, funk-infused synth tracks.

Also appearing Saturday at The Basement: Weakness.


The Basement

7 p.m. Saturday, April 30

391 Neil Ave., Arena District