Although I had a ticket for Passion Pit for quite awhile, I did not feel like going out on Sunday night. I was feeling the need to stay in with a cup of tea by my beside and the remote control in hand. It's been really cold in New York. But regardless of how I felt, I knew I would kick myself for missing a band I had been dying to see. So, I'm glad I did finally go; I really enjoyed the show once I got there.
I walked in as the first band in the evening's lineup was about to do their last song. I didn't know the band BRAHMS had been added to the lineup. I am going to skip writing about them for now. I hope I come across them again on my journey through concert-land when I can hear a full set.
(I don't usually give a setlist for opening bands but I included one since I was familiar with all the songs as covers. If you notice, I don't have band member names because I couldn't find them on-line. If anyone knows the band member names and would like to post them - please do.)
Passion Pit's musical performance felt fluid and natural but the song beginnings and endings seemed robitical especially in the first part of the set. To be specific, when songs started the lights went up; when songs ended the lights almost went down to dark. Each song didn't have some sort of cadence or tag to let one know it was ending. The songs simply ended with the kick drum on the one (which I actually like). Since Anglekos didn't have a spot on him between songs and he didn't talk much, it sort of felt like a light switch flicked on and off.
Michael Angelokas just did vocals for most of the show but played keyboard here and there. He danced around a lot and was in great voice. As far as talking to the audience, he seemed to loosen up as the show progressed. He told the audience that we were the best of all three nights. ( I, of course, thought "yea, and you told the night before us they were the better of two"). He also made a comment stating "it's been quite a journey" which I assume was about starting out writing songs for his girlfriend all the way to touring and performing to sold out audiences as a band.
The audience love, love, loved Passion Pit. Everytime I looked at the main floor and then the balconies, there was a lot of dancing going on and a lot of singing along as well. (Myself included.) On the intro to the song "Smile upon me" the audience started clapping in 8th notes. I've never heard an audience do that and I certainly never heard an audience do something like that without being prompted. After the 12th song the band walked off stage. Instead of chanting the word "Encore" the crowd chanted "Sleep- ee - head."
Passion Pit returned with two more songs before getting to "Sleepyhead." The first of the two was "Kingdom Come." For that song, Angelakos sat and played what looked like a vintage Roland piano. The second was a surprise version of "Dreams" by The Cranberries. Many people had that bewildered look on their face of "damn! - I know this song but I can't place it. " Myself included. I wrote down the lyric and googled it when I got home. I then felt a little foolish because I have heard the song at least 100 times over the years. I guess it just sounded very different coming from Passion Pit.
I haven't written more about the other members of the band because there was nothing really "showie" to write about. At this point in the bands career, it seems like it's all about working together as one tight unit which is just fine. I was the age of Passion Pitt's members in the late 70's and early 80's. Their music reminds me of all the good things about the music during that period in my life. I have to say I also get a 60's vibe from Passion Pit as well. Whenever I hear "Seaweed Song" I wonder if Angelakos's parents listened to the Beach Boys. Because there is definitely something in the melody that screams Brian Wilson.
I really enjoyed Passion Pit's performance. I sang along, danced in place and heard fun music. What was there not to like?
The members of Passion Pit are:
Michael Angelakos - vocal /keyboards
Ian Hultquist – Keyboards and Guitar
Ayad Al Adhamy – samplers & synthesizers
Jeff Apruzzese - Bass
Nate Donmoyer – Drums
Passion Pit's Set list
1.I've Got Your Number
6.Swimming In A Flood
7.Eyes as Candles
8.Let Your Love Grow Tall
9.Fold In Your Hands
10.Smile Upon Me
14.Dreams – Cranberries Cover
Tragedy:All Metal Tribute to the Bee Gees' Setlist
1.Night Fever (Bee Gees Cover)
2.Grease (Frank Vallie Cover)
3.Disco Inferno(Tramps Cover)
4.How Deep Is Your Love (Bee Gees Cover)
5.You Should Be Dancing (Bee Gees Cover)
6.Staying Alive (Bee Gees Cover)
To see great pictures of this show, go to: