@ZackTeibloom Passion Pit is so synth driven, I wondered how they’d sound with just Michael Angelakos on acoustic guitar, later joined by another member on electric. Would the songs hold up without the explosion of synth that is their driving force? Could they take the sweaty dance party, strip it away and make it just be about Angelakos’ voice and sparse guitars and have it work? Absolutely they could.
It was a mesmerizing three-song set with witty banter a lively crowd and an emphatic voice for vinyl. Pretty much everything you’d want from an in-store performance.
The banter was amusing enough to record and upload for you. “You guys buying tons of vinyl? I’m just getting into it. Sit at home with your headphones. Old speakers. Dad’s record player that you got for free. Feeling good. You downloaded the album, but then you bought the vinyl!” – Michael Angelakos of Passion Pit
“Sleepy Head” ended the three-song set. Angelakos seemed confident in his ability to pull it off acoustically. “Smooth,” he remarked after the opening riff. He motioned to the crowd to sing-a-long at the “Sleepy Head” chorus. They happily obliged. The original is a ramped-up torrid song, but the slowed down, soft version fits the lyrics far better.
I’ll refrain from grading a three-song set, just know that it taught me a lot about the future of Passion Pit. They have a lot going for them beyond their synth sound and the songs hold up in any venue or style. Cheers to hearing what they come up with for their next album.