Monday, May 18, 2009


Put A Record On: Passion Pit
May 17th, 2009 | Boston

If Passion Pit's Chunk of Change EP was politely written as a Valentine's Day present to singer Michael Angelakos girlfriend, then debut album Manners is a gift to us. The Boston band has produced an album that will appeal to fans of MGMT and Empire Of The Sun, but Passion Pit stands out on its own.

The big difference between the bands is appearances: MGMT went for the hippy tie-die look and EOTS sported electric blue Afghan kaftans, whereas Passion Pit's players just look like a bunch of normal guys—straight out of college—who likes to rock. And rock they do. First single "The Reeling" has everything you'd ever want: pulsating rhythm, falsetto chorus and infectious synth melodies.

The album is in many ways a continuation of Chunk of Change, but relayed by a more mature band that's developed a cleaner sound. And yet, along with this growth also comes the price of fame. Passion Pit recently had to cancel a European tour due to the overwhelming pressure the band members faced. But the truth is that if they continue making albums like Manners, the pressure, excitement and expectations will only increase!

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