The Pains of Being Pure at Heart on Letterman

Brooklyn indie-pop band the Pains of Being Pure at Heart appeared on the Late Show with David Letterman last night, performing single “Heart in Your Heartbreak,” which is featured on their new album Belong.

We asked Kip Berman and Alex Naidus about the Letterman appearance when they  stopped by our Fender digs down at SXSW last week in Austin, Texas.

“So strange, nothing we ever thought would happen,” said Naidus. “When we started the band, our goal was to be able to put out a single on a cool indie label we liked and that was it. The idea of playing Letterman is just unbelievable. It’s going to be great and nervewracking and fun all at the same time.”

The guys also talked about their album title.

“We had some conversations about album titles and (belonging) has always been a theme in our music — in the way Kip writes music, in the way we all think about our experiences growing up and even existing socially now,” said Naidus. “It’s this constant push and pull between belonging and not belonging. At first when we we were talking about calling it Belong, we were like, ‘Does that seem really arrogant? Are people going to think that’s arrogant, like “Pains of Being Pure at Heart belong, deal with us man.”‘ But then the first song, the first chorus, we don’t belong so it seemed appropriate to our spirit.”


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