The mood is dreamy and hopeful but there’s always room for Mr Holman’s trademark cynicism: “everyone’s for sale at some point, nothing’s built to last”. If that’s good, flip it over for best. ‘After the Ice Storm’ has the sort of despairing, introspective beauty that the last Tompaulin album (the ace-to-the-power-of-infinity ‘Into the Black’) possessed. It’s a claustrophobic kitchen sink drama, a story of bitter unfaithfulness, twisting and turning from reason to pleading to loathing in the course of three perfectly weighted minutes, and with a splendid c-word sign-off. If you love Darren Hayman, David Gedge and the acidic side of Bob Dylan, you’ll love this. This is a defiant, verging on the arrogant, assertion of the new band’s existence and it’s more than justified.
We’re all chuffed here at Lostmusic that last night’s gig at The Buffalo Bar was a resounding success and a sell out to boot! The Cloudberry Records special was just that – very special indeed. All four bands (The Hillfields, The Manhattan Love Suicides, Strawberry Story and The Pains of Being Pure at Heart) played ear shatteringly good sets.
The Hillfields wowed us with their gentle fuzz pop songs. This was one of their first ever (3rd or 4th?) gigs as a full band and they’re already very impressive. A band to watch out for. Then we got The Manhattan Love Suicides who delivered the noisiest set of the night as they hit the Buffalo Bar with a whirlwind of screaming guitars and distortion. Then up popped Strawberry Story who did fast songs, slow songs and generally made everyone smile. And the night was topped off in style by The Pains of Being Pure at Heart – who have now sadly left these shores – I hope they come back some day. Their set was sublime and a beautiful mix of noise, pop, melody and fun. Stunning.
The Pains of Being Pure At Heart play Reykavik in Iceland tonight before returning home to New York where they have upcoming shows with The Manhattan Love Suicides. If you can get to New York to see these shows – you should go – you won’t be dissappointed.