Monday, 29 June 2015

Entertainment Monday: Passion Pit (Monday June 29, 2015)

Entertainment Monday: Passion Pit

Passion Pit is a band I discovered by listening to WEQX, the Indie Rock Station I've mentioned several times before. They hail out of Cambridge Massachusetts and are led by lead singer Michael Angelakos, with Chris Hartz (drums), Aaron Harrison Folb (bass/synthesizers), Giuliano Pizzulo (guitar/synthesizers), Pete Cafarella (synthesizers) and Ray Suen (guitar/synthesizers).  Ever since I was little I've been a fan of synth rock and Passion Pits sound can sometimes remind me of that time and make me a bit nostalgic.  I think they're really good song writers though and some of their tunes don't hit me with the nostalgic vibe, but I still like them a lot. 

The first song I heard by Passion Pit was Take A Walk.  When I first heard it I thought that they were a foreign band because of the lyrics.  I later found out they were formed in the U.S.

Take A Walk

Take a Walk has something of a depressing message behind it, but I think it is reflective of a lot of the struggles people go through on a daily level during tough economic times in first world countries.

Carried Away is probably my favorite song by Passion Pit.  I think it's funny and has a nice bouncy and upbeat feel to it, even though it's about the serious subject matter of two people who have trouble communicating with one another.  Sometimes a sound can make you smile and feel good even when the lyrics aren't necessarily the happiest.

Little Secrets is close to Carried Away for my favorite song by Passion Pit.  One of the things that seems to separate Passion Pit from a lot of other bands that rely heavily on synthesized music is that their sound isn't brooding.  Many of their songs have a kind of happy and upbeat nature audio-ally.  I think the lead singers voice also lends to the sense of joy I take from listening to Passion Pit.

Lifted Up (1985) is a newer song off Passion Pit's most recent album that I like a lot.  It brings me back to the 1980s which I absolutely loved.  In 1985 I was 8 years old and just beginning to get into music and sports and I guess I was beginning to become my "own" person which is a process that is ever evolving.  When you hit that age you start deciding what things you like for yourself (or at least that was the start for me).  Obviously you're not an adult at any level at that age, which I hope I'm not inferring.  I just mean that when you're a very little kid your parents will often decide the way you present yourself.  You start to branch out a bit more and make some choices for yourself, shaping your own identity a bit more.

Hopefully my Passion for Passion Pit will continue to grow as this young band continues to churn out awesome music for years to come.


  1. I liked listening to all the songs Jon Bear. I like the upbeat music and to be honest, I'd have to watch a lyric video to really understand their music because I didn't catch all the words they were singing. Your comment about how they have peppy music in contrast to some of the subject matter reminds me of the song by Foster the People called Pumped Up Kicks. That song has upbeat music but the lyrics are about a high school massacre.

  2. I am a big fan of Foster the People as well as Passion Pit. It's funny too that on SOME Foster the People songs and some Passion Pit songs when I first heard them I thought that they were sung by a woman. Both lead singers although male, have high voices and sometimes use falsetto. >.<

    1. Now that I think about it, I can see how a mistake on gender could be made.


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