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New Yorkers The Pains of Being Pure at Heart are back with their eagerly-awaited third album Days of Abandon.

Their follow-up to the well-received Belong has moved their sound on from the hard-rocking 2011 album.

‘I didn’t want to make Belonger,’ says frontman Kip Berman.

‘This album was a chance to push beyond that album’s universal style of songwriting to something that was far more personal, more in keeping with my original ideals. I wanted the music to be joyful and full of light, even if the subjects were often dark.’

He adds: ‘I wanted the album to be powerful without being loud.

‘Simply stepping on a fuzz pedal every 14 seconds felt like a crutch, though a pretty cool-sounding crutch.’

They play at The Joiners Arms in Southampton on Tuesday. Doors open at 7.30pm and tickets cost £12. Go to joiners.vticket.co.uk