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The Pains of Being Pure at Heart announce new EP, cover James’ “Laid” — listen

Three-track collection dubbed Hell is coming next month

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    The Pains of Being Pure at Heart have announced the follow-up effort to their 2014 LP, Days of Abandon. Entitled Hell, the three-track effort is due out November 13th via the band’s own label, Painbow.

    According to frontman Kip Berman, the unexpectedly positive response to a demo of the title track provoked the creation of the EP. Instead of simply releasing the track as a single, TPOBPAT recorded a pair of covers to fill out a full release: “Ballade of the Band” by Felt and “Laid” by James. Today, they’ve shared the latter track as a first listen to the EP.

    Featuring Jen Goma of A Sunny Day in Glasgow, the cover faithfully follows the pattern laid out by James’ college rock original, with a few tweaks of modern production. Guitars and synths buzz more stridently here, and the classic wail of the bridge has been layered with harmonies. Take a listen below.

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    Hell Tracklist:
    01. Hell
    02. Balled of the Band (Felt cover)
    03. Laid (James cover)

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