On deck for 94/7 KNRK’s People’s Choice December to Remember is Passion Pit December 3rd at the Crystal Ballroom. This is the second visit to Portland this year having played two shows at the Musicfest NW in September. Leader, vocalist and keyboardist, Michael Angelakos, and bandmates, have toured constantly over the last two years including 60 plus dates on their 2012 world tour. US stops included numerous music festivals including Seattle’s Bumpershoot and Lollapalooza.
Such is the life of a successful young band. The endurance to survive the tour schedule is only exceeded by the energy of their infectious synth pop that propels the band on record and stage. But marathon touring is what grabbed the attention of fans and record labels from the start. From their EP release of Chunk of Change in 2008 to the Columbia Records release of Manner in 2010, Michael Agelaskos is the heart and soul, and the spark that ignites this joyride. But their live shows are fueled by bandmates Ian Hultquist, keyboards and guitar, Xander Singh synthesizers and samplers, Jeff Apruzzese, bass and synthesizers, and Nathan Donmoyer on drums.
With singles Talk a Walk and I’ll Be Alright leading the path to the release of Gossamer, close personal friend to Agelakos, Brent DiCrescenzo, documented his personal account and insight on the band’s webpage, observing and identifying the nature of the man, and how Passion Pit and Gossamer came to be.
The band’s infectious sound immediately gained attention at the 2009 SXSW festival. With the emotional intoxication of Agelakos performances and signature falsetto turning heads and opening ears, the road was being mapped to their debut Manners.
It was reviewer’s misconceptions, says DiCresecenzo, “that Manners was written for a girl. It was a record about Michael. Gossamer was written for a couple. “It’s an album about making an album that’s straining the relationship that’s helping you make that album. But say it better than that,” Agelakos reminds him.
There’s more than meets the ear when listening to Passion Pit. It takes a few listens to delve below the stylish glossy pop to discover the buried emotion of Gossamer. And afterwards, one is left wondering whether the track Talk a Walk is a step in a new direction or a stepping stone on a familiar path. Either way, enjoy the ride and see you at the show.