BioNew York-based musicians Alex, Kip, Kurt, and Peggy came together to form the Pains of Being Pure at Heart in 2007. With its wall-of-fuzz guitar stylings and sugary pop underpinnings, the band nodded to any number of old-school indie pop acts, notably Black Tambourine and My Bloody Valentine. The band recorded a few tracks soon after coming together, which were released as a self-titled 3" CD-R on Cloudberry Records. A self-titled EP followed soon after. During 2008 the band released a number of limited-edition split singles on Atomic Beat Records and Slumberland.