New Music! The Pains of Being Pure at Heart Announce New EP

Not content to rest on the laurels of having one of the best and most talked-about albums of 2009, ThePains of Being Pure At Heart are back with the Higher Than The Stars EP, four brand-new songs that do what the band does best - breathe fresh life into indie-pop with their exuberance, charm and of course quality tunes.

"Falling Over" has also become a staple of the band's live sets and shows a new side of the band. Abrooding synth-led tune that recalls New Optimist touchstones like Orange Juice and Aztec Camera, "FallingOver" is as yearning, lovelorn and dreamy as pop gets, and an excellent addition to The Pains' canon."Twins" turns up the fuzz, a mid-tempo rocker with a sing-along chorus and catchy-as-heck guitar lead asthe hook. This is quintessential Pains of Being Pure At Heart -- slot it into a mix tape between TeenageFanclub and an old Lilys song and you'll be happy as a clam.

"Higher Than The Stars" races along on arpeggiated keyboards and quickly strummed guitars, a perfect popnugget that could be ripped from Robert Smith's songbook. Its unstoppable energy is pure Pains, though,and we expect to see a lot of ear-to-ear grins when the band busts this one out on tour. "103" has quicklybecome a favorite of the Pains' live set and it's easy to hear why. A fizzing slice of summertime noise-popwith all the melody, fuzz and fun you've come to expect from The Pains and a snazzy little stun-guitar soloto boot.