The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart

Praterstern, 2011

Fatboy Slim: „Praise You“, Dinosaur Jr.: „Freak Scene“, The Cure: „Why Can’t I Be You“, St. Etienne: „Sylvie“, Finoa Apple: „Criminal“, Surfer Blood: „Floating Vibes“, Ash: „Girl From Mars“, Girls: „Laura“, The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart: „Heart In Your Heartbreak“, David Bowie: „Absolute Beginners“, New Radicals: „You Get What You Give“; The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart’s singer Kip Berman and Peggy Wang are presenting their favourite music videos for an Austrian TV station, when we arrive at the venue. After having displayed some of their musical influences and friendships and having done their soundcheck, the five-piece band steps out of the venue for an acoustic session. It’s an unpleasant weather and the New Yorkers take shelter in a passage way. However, as soon as The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart start their performance of „Heart In Your Heartbreak“ and „Girl of 1000 Dreams“ the so far shitty summer seems bright and promising again.

Sarah Brugner
Sound Recording
Matthias Leihs
Post production
Sarah Brugner


After years of reconstruction, Praterstern in the Leopoldstadt district now appears in its new, finished shape. The centre of the huge square around Praterstern train station is completely devoted to public transport – not only suburban trains, but also metro, tram and bus lines meet there, while busy four-lane streets encircle the station area and form Vienna’s biggest roundabout. This traffic-hub feel results in Praterstern being a place of transit rather than a destination itself, although interesting spots are close-by. First of all, Praterstern is the gateway to the popular recreation and amusement park Prater. Since Fluc – easily one of the best clubs, bars and concert venues in town – has set up its improvised building on the square, the area increasingly attracts the young and hip. However, the square that is frequented day and night, is also a gathering place for alocoholics and homeless people.