"Come Saturday" is taken from The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart's smash hit debut album and shows exactly why so many people are excited about the band. A breathless rush of guitar noise married to a classic pop tune, "Come Saturday" shows the band's early MBV and Rocketship influences but isn't the least bit retro. It's pure Pains - timeless noisy pop played with energy and enthusiasm and featuring as finely-honed a tune as you'll hear all year. Exclusive B-side "Side Ponytail" is old skool Pains, and possibly one of their most indie-pop moments. Uptempo, instantly catchy and racing in just over two minutes, it's yet another example of the seeming effortlessness with which The Pains deliver perfect pop tunes. We guarantee you'll be playing this one on repeat.
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Rush-released before `Higher Than The Stars` heralds in another barrel-load of journalistic superlatives (and worth every one of them from what I`ve heard so far), `Come Saturday` is, however, ultimately deserving of a single outing of its own.
Adhering to a frenetic pace from the opening scratch to closing feedback, through frantic and chunky rhythm and measured harmonies, this was one of the songs which made the band`s eponymous debut such an addictive treat back in February...indeed, it`s still decidedly moreish now.
However, for most fans (and I include myself here) it`s the B-side, `Side Ponytail`, that is generating the most excitement around this release. With prior B-side, and the last new Pains release, `Ramona` still beggaring collective belief that such a wonderful piece of music could ever inhabit the flip of a 7" single, hopes for this track are as high as those for the new EP. Happily, here we find the Pains in an already vintage mode with their deceptively simple alt.rock fuzz and the vocal interplay between Kip Berman and Peggy Wang still note perfect. `Side Ponytail Forever!` they sing as the track fades out - you`ll be singing it too, mark my words. (Culturedeluxe)
What can I say about The Pains of Being Pure at Heart that I haven't already spewed forth into the world? Not a lot really but I'm going to try and conjure up some new feelings towards this most delightful of musical groups.
So lets talk 'Come Saturday' the final single to be lifted from their eponymous debut album; which for me is up there with the best this year has had to offer. 'Come Saturday' is a bristling, up-lifting love-song that's set to a distorted cacophony of fuzz and feedback and you can just picture being bathed in a red warm glow as Kip and Peggy trade lilting boy-girl harmonies in-between Kip's deft, youthful vocals of "Come Saturday, come to stay, you come to stay in my arms". It's a sparkler of a track that for me isn't even the best thing on the debut album but it's a wonderful reminder of what The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart are all about. Now I have an urge to go get the album and play it on repeat again as if it's January all over again.
Backed with new track 'Side Ponytail'' bares a striking resemblance to the A-side. I guess it's just that fuzzing sound but 'Side Ponytail' is much more of an 80's style punk track like The Ramones if they were invaded by The Beach Boys and an unnamed female accomplice (I'm struggling with 80's softly spoken female vocalists here!). It's just another slice of the wonder that is The Pains of Being Pure at Heart and I for one cannot get enough. (Altsounds)
Once upon a time indie pop was as far away from its current definition as you could possibly imagine. Totally devoid of any corporate ambitions, and fully ensconced in its own beauty, this was the spirit of real independence captured within the music and attitude of those who made it. The Pastels, Talulah Gosh, The Jesus And Mary Chain (Mk1), The Flatmates, we salute you, every last one.
Which brings us onto today’s watered down model. The major record labels and radio playlist versions of indie; a vacuous, self-satisfied product that exists purely for the purpose of unit sales to a market raised on homogenous, consumer-driven lift muzak without any soul or shame.
Fortunately, there are some artists making music in the current climate with a conscience and a penchant for a good tune. New York four-piece The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart are among them, and ‘Come Saturday’ just might be the fizziest, most incessant three minutes of sprightly pop these ears have been exposed to all year. Combining the glorious, pastel-shaded fuzz of a pre-Creation My Bloody Valentine with the danceable quirkiness of The Shins, ‘Come Saturday’ is one of those songs that demands your attention and then won’t go away for months, not that you’d particularly want it to, of course…
What makes this even more astonishing is that this isn’t even The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart’s best song, something you’ll all be fully aware of by the time their debut long player lands later this year. Be excited, be VERY excited…
9/10. (Contact Music)
What year is it? Having listened to New York four-piece The Pains of Being Pure at Heart?s latest single, 'Come Saturday', one could be forgiven for thinking that it is the summer of 1993. Despite sounding like the offspring of every indie-pop band of the late-80s and early-90s, that shouldn?t detract from the wide-eyed euphoria of the song. The innocence of youth is easily lost, yet it is music like this which instantly evokes summers which were long, hot, sticky and fun.
Plunging headlong into an ever-careening flurry of bright, scratchy guitars, melodic bass and drums which sound like they are going to fall apart at any given moment, it is an arresting yet sugary-sweet sound. Add to this Kip Berman?s insouciant vocal, redolent of Bernard Sumner, and Peggy Wang?s vocal backing guiding the lead bashfully by the hand throughout, and the result is nothing short of beaming. A gloriously sunny slice of indie-pop and a sunkissed antidote to these grey skies. (The 405)
The highlight of their recent mightily impressive debut album Come Saturday by The Pains of Being Pure At Heart is a glorious breathless headfuck of fuzzy pedalled guitars and airy warbled vocals. If one record is guaranteed to get even the most retiring of wallflowers dancing like a demented wildebeest it’s this dazzling slice of indiepop. TPOBAH don’t do duff tracks so also seek out the froth n fun of Side Ponytail on the flip. (SoundsXP)
Brooklyn-based quartet The Pains of Being Pure at Heart are a strange proposition. Their modus operandi seems peculiarly disconnected from their own time, instead sounding like they’ve been beamed from the 1980s during a set on a shoegaze package tour.
Taken from their self-titled debut album, ‘Come Saturday’ is a glistening energy rush, all buzzsaw guitars and plenty of fuzz, like an unholy combination of Ride and the sheer breakneck speed of the Buzzcocks; poking its head above the parapet with a blistering burst of feedback before the crunchy guitars and sweet cooing begin the noise-pop onslaught.
Vocalist Kip Berman’s ghostly tones are backed with barely-there harmonies and effervescent waves of melody and distortion, twisting delightfully during its three minutes. Backed with ‘Side Ponytail’ (seemingly a distant cousin of ‘Crash’ by the Primitives), ‘Come Saturday’ is a sprightly pop gem and sure to blow out the cobwebs at the weekend. (Bearded)
The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart are awesome. ‘Come Saturday’ is the new single by the Brooklyn group. Therefore it, too, is awesome. Gently rocking in a tame version of My Bloody Valentine kind of way, ‘Come Saturday’ is all fuzz guitars and half-sighed vocals. Pretty heavenly, in other words. (Clash)
Brooklyn ’s The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart have plugged right into the new c86 revival with a brilliantly ghostly album of shimmering dreamy indie pop. This is one of the debut album’s standout tracks, a bubblegum riot of echoes and whispered melodies. Backed with the equally uptempo “Ponytail”, this is a worthy, further celebration of their arrival. This is the final cut from the debut album before an EP of brand new material is released in October (set to feature tracks Higher Than The Stars, 103, Twins and Falling Over). For now though, enjoy a snippet from an album you should really own this year. (Music Dash)
Tireless promoters of all things jangly circa the mid-1980, The Pains of Being Pure at Heart are twee as anything but create music not quite childish enough to have been potentially snapped up by Sarah Records. Sure, a line like "Come Saturday, come and sway in my arms" reeks of youthful innocence, but then so does the phrase 'Paint A Rainbow' the vibrant My Bloody Valentine track with colourful lyrics masking an underlying necrophilia.
Such nefarious intent may not have been on The Pains' agenda, but these two songs are right off MBV's Strawberry Wine EP. Come to think of it, 'Come Saturday' might actually BE 'Strawberry Wine'. It's not like The Pains of Being Pure at Heart have ever denied their influences. In fact, the two tracks on this single are hell-bent on flaunting their obvious muses as they brazenly declare "Side ponytail forever!" on the B-side, shoving the era their musical heroes belong to IN YOUR FACE.
Bless The Pains of Being Pure at Heart for resuscitating a nugget of music history the majority of the present generation is too young/non-existent to have experienced firsthand. There is no band out there that can be seen as a more legitimate reincarnation of noisy eighties indiepop. (Daily Music Guide)
Twee C86 harmonies mix with Jesus and Mary Chain guitar fuzz to give Come Saturday a lively aesthetic that's utterly removed from commercial landfill indie so prevalent today. (Lancashire Telegraph)