THE EARLY WORD: Walk The Line

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PREVIOUSLY: The crowd, all demonstrably fans of thick frames and cardigans, swayed and lost themselves in what felt like a new New Wave manifesto for the ears. Politely thanking their fans for showing up and being “awesome,” Berman took the time to gush about his affections for Philly’s one and only R-5, recalling all the shows he attended as a teen prior to his days of indie stardom. “Young Adult Friction,” recently released as the band’s second video via music blogs and myspace, got showgoers rocking out like Ian Curtis rose from the dead. Lyrically alluring and audibly contagious, the Pains’ “Young Adult Friction” seemed to last forever in a suspended moment of upcycled throwbacks to the 1980s underground, ending with the repeated mantra of “Don’t check me out.” “Come Saturday” pains2_1.jpgfelt bright and like the sort of epic that goes hand in hand with a first kiss, while “The Tenure Itch,” with its jangly guitar intro mellowed-out the venue’s attentive audience, followed by a flawless transition into a wouldbe springtime anthem “Stay Alive.” Geeking-out about his favorite radio station while growing up, Berman and the Pains unveiled “103?, a brand new tune inspired by Princeton’s WPRB. Smiling throughout its duration, fellow fans of the station cheered at the songs start and clapped in accordance to its ethos upon its conclusion. Then came the band’s first fantastic single, “Everything With You,” before the Pains of Being Pure At Heart ended their set with their namesake track, complete with bubbles floating dreamily above the crowd’s heads. MORE

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