The patron saints of indie pop, The Pains of Being Pure at Heart, have broken up. I can't pretend that I'm not bummed out by this news. I enjoyed all of their records, right up to, and including, the full-length cover of Tom Petty's Full Moon Fever. I had hoped they would have a couple more albums in them before unplugging the guitar cables for good. A more derivative band I don't think I can honestly name, but what was it that was said about "great artists steal?" The Pains combined their many influences into a sound that you don't hear much anymore.
Kip Berman, the band's principal, made the announcement via Instagram.
Since the rotating cast of characters ended up in so many other great bands, it was cool to see Kip call them out in "what are they up to now?" style.