Published Sep 07, 2012New York dream-pop purveyors the Pains of Being Pure At Heart are set to follow up last year's Exclaim!-approved Belong LP with a new 7-inch. The Slumberland release will feature covers of the Magnetic Fields and East River Pipe. It doesn't drop until October 9, but you can stream the A-side now.
Taking on the Magnetic Fields' "Jeremy," the band offer up more of their signature guitar jangle and warm bass tones.
In a press release, Pains member Peggy Wang offers up the following statement on her relationship with the Fields:
The Magnetic Fields, for me, were part of an immature phase. I know that has negative connotations, but in hindsight, I don't think I could have fallen harder for any other band at any other time in my life. I had the kind of naive scrawl-their-name-on-my-notebook fixation that any young teenybopper would have had, except back then, I didn't have the luxury of the internet to find out much about my favorite band, and I didn't live in a big city where I might hope to catch a glimpse of my teen idols as they rolled through town. There wasn't even a fan club for me to join. The Magnetic Fields were a band without context.
Now that I'm older, I can look back at the time and see how the Magnetic Fields were a band that could exist outside of a context and still make me fall in love with them. I didn't need to know if they were anyone else's favorite band, I didn't need to know what they looked like or where they were from or any frivolous details a hypothetical Tigerbeat interview might have divulged to me.
The Magnetic Fields might have been the last band I ever unconditionally loved without ever stopping to try to understand why -- just the kind of love story I hoped to one day live through.
Check out the band's cover of the Magnetic Fields here (where you can also see the band's newly announced European dates) or below. The B-side will feature a cover of East Rive Pipe's "My Life Is Wrong."