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The Pains of Being Pure at Heart
Written by Hayley Mayne   
Saturday, 20 February 2010 22:31

The Pains of Being Pure at HeartPhoto - Annie Powers

You can’t review a gig at Beck’s Music Box without first talking about this awesome venue.

During the Perth International Arts Festival, the Beck’s Music Box is the heart of the festival, entertaining music fans with Australian and International acts every night, for over three weeks straight.

Positioned on the Perth Esplanade in front of the ferris wheel and with the towering city buildings as its backdrop, this venue is just beautiful. 

Most nights the venue opens at 7pm and friends can arrive early, enjoying some food or a drink from the bar. While busy munching on your treats you are entertained by the various artistic displays such as graffiti art or old fashioned typewriters where you can pen a love note to your pal.

Then you can make your way to the stage and if you’re early enough, bag one of the many comfy couches with your mates, or if you’re later choose from tiered seating up the back or the mosh pit down the front.

The night I went to Beck’s Music Box the night kicked off with Bachelorette’s Annabel Alpers. Alpers welcomed the arriving crowd with her synthesisers, keyboards and computers bringing the sounds of psychedelic pop to the stage.

When the main act, The Pains of Being Pure at Heart, kicked off at 8.50pm, the crowd surged forward forming a mosh pit in front and settled in for the 45min set.

The mellow crowd kicked back and let the swirly sounds and jangley guitars wash over them, a great way to end the working week.

The Pains of Being Pure at Heart are a young indie pop group from New York who formed in 2007. They consist of Alex Naidus on bass, Kip Berman on guitar and vocals, Kurt Feldman on drums and Peggy Wang on keyboard and vocals. Also touring with them, Chistoph Hochein on guitar.

They released a self-titled EP in 2007, another EP titled Higher Than the Stars in 2009 as well as their first self-titled album in 2009. Their influences include The Pastels, The Ramones, Smashing Pumpkins and Kurt Cobain. 

Though the music was pleasant and easy to listen to, I did feel the vocals were slightly muffled and would have liked to have heard the female vocals a little more. The lighting on stage was great, but sometimes the smoke effect was a little overdone and I wondered how the singers were coping delivering the vocals.

There wasn’t much crowd interaction from the band, which was a little disappointing. About half way through the set Berman addressed the audience and stroked the sponsors ego by reminding everyone to enjoy a Beck’s or two. 

All in all a good night and wonderful spot to be on a warm Perth evening. From Perth the group will travel to Brisbane to play at The Zoo on February 20, then at the Oxford Art Factory in Sydney on February 21.

with Bachelorette

Venue: Becks Music Box
Date/Time: Fri 19 Feb @ 8.00pm
Tickets: Standard $40.50 | Friends $37 | Includes BOCS booking fee
Bookings: bocsticketing.com.au

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