The Pains of Being Pure at Heart Premiere Glorious Dream Pop Cover of Tom Petty's 'Free Fallin'': Exclusive


Brooklyn-based indie pop outfit the Pains of Being Pure at Heart owes quite a bit to the late '80s. Fronting Pains for the previous decade-plus, Kip Berman has used the jangly guitars and elegant melodies of school rock bands just like the Jesus and Mary Chain, R.E.M. and the Field Mice as leaping off factors for his personal blissful report retailer rock. But he's out to show that late stadium juggernaut Tom Petty may sound correct at dwelling in a mattress of shoegaze guitars.

Pains of Being Pure at Heart's newest undertaking is protecting Petty's mighty 1989 LP Full Moon Fever front-to-back. The complete factor is on the market by Turntable Kitchen's Sounds Delicious sequence, which options artists placing their very own spin on total basic albums. Full Moon Fever is predicted to ship between the tip of October and early November (pre-orders accessible right here), however we've acquired a style to whet your urge for food.

Pains' tackle "Free Fallin'" sounds completely enormous. Berman and firm lean to date in to the this cavernous track that they sound as if they could by no means return. The acoustic guitar strums ring out from coast-to-coast, and Pains' proclivity for echo and sparkle let Petty's misty-eyed ballad faucet into new ranges of magnificence. This additionally could be the first ever twee pop track a couple of lady who loves horses. 

Find the track under, adopted by slightly Q&A with Berman. (They beforehand shared their tackle "Runnin' Down a Dream," which you'll hear over at Stereogum). 


Do you are feeling a particular connection to Tom and his music?

My step dad (who additionally taught me my first three chords on guitar) was an enormous Petty fan and would play his music always. This was round that point Nirvana was occurring, and there was a transparent generational divide between liking Tom Petty and "different" rock (which I additionally favored). My associates in school gave me a reasonably laborious time for writing "Tom Petty" on my backpack -- it wasn't precisely the Misfits. But looking back, I feel Tom Petty was the uncommon basic rock man that was revered by each the canon (older artists, Dylan, George Harrison, Jeff Lynne, Roy Orbison, and many others.) in addition to the brand new era of bands. I bear in mind seeing Dave Grohl (I suppose he's a basic rock man deep down) play drums with him on Saturday Night Live and being actually amazed that one of many guys from Nirvana thought Tom Petty was cool.

What made you assume “Free Fallin’” would translate so properly to a dream pop or shoegaze-type recording? 

The authentic was made concurrently a few of the biggest dream pop and shoegaze information. And it really works on related premises of layering, subdued vocals, repetition, and texture. Lyrics apart, this track wouldn't sound misplaced on a Ride album. Obviously, the best way Tom Petty did the track was much more Americanized, and the manufacturing of ELO's Jeff Lynne was rooted extra in a form of minimal, hyper-nuanced, brilliant manufacturing fashion. But it's actually simply three chords for about 4 and a half minutes; the genius of the track is that a lot builds and delivers with out actually something structurally happening. You may play this track in the event you performed guitar for 3 weeks, however you couldn't write this track even in the event you performed guitar for 30 years. Some folks simply have the sunshine and Tom Petty was a type of folks. 

Where on this cowl do you are feeling you most made “Free Fallin’” your personal? 

In equity, I feel a lot of the credit score for this track must be given to former Pains drummer Kurt Feldman, who recorded this track with me. His manufacturing concepts actually remodeled this track into one thing a contact extra unmoored, and introduced out the extra melancholic emotions and unusual undercurrents of the track -- concepts I've at all times heard within the lyrics, however couldn't fairly convey in sound with out his collaboration.

Does Pains have the rest arising you need to point out? 

No. This was really speculated to be completed in 2016, so apologies to folks ready on this for a bit. Also, an enormous because of Kurt Feldman and [vocalist] Jen Goma for completely slaying on this observe, in addition to "Face within the Crowd," which can be on the album. I feel I largely simply did a crossword puzzle whereas these songs have been being recorded.