Passion Pit’s name may be an homage to a slang term for drive-in movie theaters, but its computer-generated tunes complete with live instruments is serious business among fans of upbeat electropop. Passion Pit began as a one-man band in 2007 when founder Michael Angelakos wrote a song, Chunk of Change, on his laptop for his girlfriend as a belated Valentine’s Day present. When the song caught on with friends, Angelakos put together a band and started playing on area stages. The group’s infectious pop rhythms and adult-oriented lyrics drew a variety of ardent fans and led to the 2008 wide release of Chunk of Change and a new single, Sleepyhead, which just missed cracking Billboard’s Hot 100. The same technology that gave birth to Passion Pit’s music contributed to its success as the blogosphere lit up with news about a terrific new band out of Boston. This buzz, and an interest in cracking the alternative dance and synthpop scene, brought major label interest for Passion Pit and led to its first full album, Manners, in 2009.
Even with all that excitement, it took their second release, 2012’s Gossamer, for the band to make a major dent in the indie music world when the album premiered at number four on the Billboard 200. The group’s biggest single, Take a Walk, peaked at number five on the U.S. alternative chart. Fans of their psychedelic, swirling electronica eagerly awaited their 2015 single, Lifted Up (1985), which reached number twenty-six on the alternative charts and set the stage for Passion Pit’s third album and tour. Score with TicketCity - the place to go for Passion Pit Tickets.
Passion Pit Kindred Tour
Passion Pit is earning its frequent flier miles on its 2015 tour in support of its Kindred album. The band out of Boston is hitting both coasts with an extended stay in the Midwest, all within weeks of each other. Fortunately, all this travel doesn’t seem to have affected Passion Pit’s ability to put on an energetic show filled with danceable electropop. The band, a staple of alternative radio, has been hitting plenty of alternative venues, too, including under-the-radar festivals like the Las Vegas Wine Amplified Festival and cozy concert halls in places as diverse as Los Angeles, Milwaukee, Kansas City, and Kingston, Rhode Island. Fans can get up close and almost personal with the band as they play selections from their first three albums. The penetrating and sweeping lightshow amid the billowing fog and mist highlights Passion Pit’s psychedelic music and creates a complete concert experience. The uptempo tracks should leave ticketgoers as emerged as the band when they first hit the stage, bouncing to the genuinely and generally jaunty rhythms long after they’ve left the event. The Kindred tour is Passion Pit’s way of turning their audience into kindred spirits, and it works exactly as planned.