While there respective styles of music couldn’t be any different, The Pains of Being Pure At Heart and Twin Shadow are among an elite set of bands who have taken the tired musical styling of the 80’s and created a sound all their own. Today, it was announced that the two bands will be touring together this Spring, stopping by Emo’s April 9. The Pains of Being Pure At Heart will be headlining each show.

As Twin Shadow, Dominican born George Lewis Jr. released one of the best albums of 2010 with Forget. Rather than dabble in the sun-bathed nostalgia that has dominated the indie scene the last couple of years, Lewis looked to new-wave romantics like Morrissey, Bryan Ferry and New Order for inspiration, taking all of the best qualities of these artists and putting his signature on them. While he may get lumped in with chillwave artists like Neon Indian and Washed Out (Forget is a bedroom project, after all), there is a more timeless quality to Twin Shadow’s music thanks to the amounts of depth emoted by Lewis in both his music and lyrics. His use of a live group rather than laptops helps him to his songs to life onstage, and the band will have toured together for several months by the time they hit Austin, which should make Twin Shadow’s gorgeous melancholy hard to deny.

The Pains of Being Pure at Heart, meanwhile, take a different approach to the nostalgia inspired by the Reagan and Bush years. The lo-fi pop of their 2009 self-titled debut earned them the praise of almost every major music publication and rocketed them to being superstars of the Brooklyn scene. With comparisons to everyone from Field Mice to My Bloody Valentine, it was ultimately their songwriting abilities that kept them from being labeled as mere knock-offs. Each track was filled with the kind of jangly hooks and twee sentiments that stick in your head for weeks at a time, and one can imagine that if they had taken a less distorted approach, the album would have easily broken into the popular conscious. Their second album Belong, set to release in late March, looks to continue down the same trajectory. Songs like “The Heart In Your Heartbreak” and it’s B-side “The One” sound slightly more polished but retain all the charms of their debut, showing a lot of promise for their sophomore LP.

No matter how you look at it, whether you’re more familiar with only one of the groups or have no idea who either of them are, this tour is undoubtedly one of the best bills you’re likely to see. I highly recommend that you make it out to Emo’s on April 9. I know I’ll be there.

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