The idea of bands supporting themselves has always been something that I’ve held in high regard. After going to see British Sea Power supported by The Pipettes and a British Sea Power b-sides set, it’s bewildering why bands don’t do it more often. People get there earlier, and there’s generally a better feel about the place, instead of everyone drifting in 10 minutes before the main act come on stage. Of course, it does mean that the work load is pretty much doubled, which could inevitably lead to exhaustion and an overwhelming feeling of worthlessness, but nevermind.
In a round-about fashion The Pains of Being Pure at Heart are carrying on this should-be tradition. A lot of their shows (incluiding their forthcoming UK tour) are backed up by the same band. Going under the name The Depreciation Guild, the bands share a lot of similarities in sound, but that’s possibly due to the fact that Pains drummer Kurt Feldman sings for them. It’s also been mentioned that other the other half of the duo, Cristoph Hochheim, will be playing with Pains during their upcoming tour. It’s unknown whether brother Anton, who provides live drums for the band, will take part.
What can you expect from them? Well, shoegazing still features heavily, and the soaring, distorted guitar work is in tact, meaning that their debut album mostly still sounds like a good band covering some of The Pastels better works. However, what’s most exciting is the way that The Depreciation Guild have brought in an aspect of 8-bit in with them. Supposedly backed up by the chipset from a NES console, it’s an inspired decision, and whilst chip-pop often become boring (just like the music from the games that inspired them, I suppose), this is music with some depth and emotion in it. If you’re going to see The Pains of Being Pure at heart in the coming weeks, you should definitely try get there early – you won’t regret it.
The Depreciation Guild – Dream about me (NME)