'Honestly, even if you love a band, how many records by the same band do you want to hear?" asks Kip Berman.
An existential question coming from someone contemplating making a third album. Berman's band, the Pains of Being Pure at Heart, have made two excellent records of bright and buzzy indie-pop, overtly indebted to the '80s bands on small labels such as Creation, Sarah, and Postcard. Songs like "Heart in Your Heartbreak" and "Teenager in Love" are succinct and immediate gems, unabashedly melodic but noisy with brash guitars.
"I think our attitude toward writing is like the Ramones': Sing some stuff, then the chorus, then sing some other stuff then sing the chorus again and then have a little bridge and then sing the chorus twice," Berman says. It's the day after the Brooklyn band played the CBGB Festival at a free show in Central Park with Guided by Voices and Philly's War on Drugs. "I know that sounds almost anticreative, but I think what makes pop music great is that it does have a form and you can play around with things within that framework, as long as you can get 31/2 minutes of music that's catchy and memorable."