Honestly, this is the best possible way a band could do a second record. Your first one is the time to figure out what you want to sound like and just do it without stressing about production values or guitar tones or whatever. Hopefully that shit just comes through on its own, you know? Album two is when you can (hopefully) start SPENDING ALL YOUR MONEY ON REALIZING YOUR DREAMS. The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart totally just did that—they've clearly found influence in The Smashing Pumpkins and the softer elements of shoegaze, so they went ahead and hollered at Flood, who is known for producing for—who else!—The Smashing Pumpkins (also U2 and PJ Harvey and a bunch of other huge releases). The result is a beautiful record that sounds like it cost a lot of money to make, but not like it's over compensating for anything. It's rare to get all that these days. Good job on realizing your dreams and making it sound awesome at the same time, dudes. Belong is out March 29th on Slumberland.
March 11, 2011