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Posted by teibs On June - 4 - 2009

passionpit1@ZackTeibloom Sweaty dance parties. God love ’em. The most fun you can have with your clothes on. Passion Pit’s dance parties are somewhere between Ghostland Observatory and Girl Talk on the intensity scale. The crowd’s are as packed (and dance harder) then a sold-out Ghostland shows , but it’s not nearly the sweaty free-for-all that Girl Talk is. I could have guessed that going in.

If you don’t know them yet, Passion Pit is a five-piece from Cambridge, Mass with a unique line-up: A drummer, bassist, two keyboardists and a synth/sounds man. What started as a Valentines Day present for Angelakos’ girlfriend two years ago has exploded into a critically acclaimed studio and live act on the heels of their first LP, Manners. The kind of band Pitchfork raves about and hipsters dance unabashedly to.

What I didn’t expect was how well their sound would translate live. Most notably, Michael Angelakos’ voice. I can’t believe how much better he sounded in person with his high-pitched indie-rock coo.

It was all kinds of Texas hot in Austin last night and under the overhang, it was downright boiling. The crowd was packed in tight an hour before Passion Pit’s midnight set. I smell a dance party.

A high-energy, pleasant surprise of an opener from The Harlem Shakes got everyone in the mood and Passion Pit kept us up all night. The Harlem Shakes and Passion Pit seemed united by lightning fast drummers who both wore big DJ headphones and pounded out the dance beats.

Passion Pit took the stage just after midnight and album opener “Make Light” sent the crowd into a wild frenzy that didn’t stop until their encore of “The Reeling” less than an hour later. I was pleasantly surprised how full and dynamic the sound coming from the keyboard/synth heavy band was as they took us “higher and higher and higher” as the crowd throught their sweaty limbs skyward on “Little Secrets.”

They’re a charismatic young band, most just old enough to drink legally, gracious enough to look out on the packed Emo’s crowd and comment how incredible it is. I can’t wait to see what these guys do next. Thankfully I don’t have to wait long. Passion Pit kicks off Bonnaroo next Thursday. Bring your dancing shoes. Get your grind on. 9.3/10

2 Responses

  1. Mairin Heard Said,

    It was a great show. Not too fond of some of the slower tracks off “Manners” but they killed it with “The Reeling”.

    Posted on June 4th, 2009 at 2:43 pm

  2. Festival Crashers » Blog Archive » Top anticipated ACL Shows #10 - #6 Said,

    […] the guys behind Manners, my favorite album of the year. I’ve seen them twice this tour at a sweaty dance party at Emo’s and making new believers at Bonnaroo, but will definitely choose them over The Dirty Projectors. […]

    Posted on September 26th, 2009 at 9:11 pm

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