passion pit fans far from sleepyheads at bowery
  • WEDNESDAY, JUNE 24, 2009

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Five piece electro-indiepop Massachusetts natives Passion Pit have grown upfrom much hyped, obscure Next Big Thing indie darling to It band with two sold out shows at the Bowery Ballroom this past weekend, armed with plenty of keyboards, drum machines and guitars for a crowd of over eager believers.

In fact, the whole night seemed flawlessly executed, from opener Shy Child's similar electro indie rock that got the crowd moving, to the entirety of The Dirty Projector's Bitte Orca over Bowery's sound system before Passion Pit took the stage. But far from the apathetic hipsters you might have expected, fans at this show were fans. The kind who weren't in it for the irony but a dance party like nothing else, clutching their spilling beers to their chests, eyes closed and chanting along to the oh no's of the "The Reeling" with deep conviction. Dancing with such reckless enthusiasm that the floors of the Bowery didn't stop pounding for a moment while Passion Pit were on stage. And while the band didn't necessarily display the same frenzied dance moves of their fans, their rising popularity has done much for their sound, impeccably orchestrated so that each subtle rise of the keyboards and high pitched line sounded so right.

Of course, when Passion Pit delivered favorites like "Sleepyhead," the explosion of energy and movement in the venue was impossible to contain. The rise and fall fluid structure and catchy pop drive of "Moth's Wings" made for a precise clapping accompanied anthem. The single minded audience singing along to every word and the band's happy acknowledgement by their spot on translation of their dream slivers of electronic sounds to the stage made for a show perhaps well deserving of the ticket scalpers lined outside the concert's doors. - Laura Yan

Passion Pit on Tour


6/26 - Hard Rock Calling (Hyde Park) - London, UK
6/27 - Glastonbury - Pilton
6/29 - The Cooler - Bristol, London and South East
7/1 - Heaven - London, UK, London and South East
7/3 - Southampton Orange Rooms - Southampton
7/4 - Eurockeennes - Malsaucy
7/5 - Montreux Jazz Festival - Montreux
7/8 - Five Night Revue @ Vibe Bar - London, London and South East
7/11 - Oxegen Festival - Punchestown
7/12 - T in the Park - Balado, Scotland
7/13 - Paradiso - Amsterdam
7/18 - Latitude Festival - Southwold, Suffolk
7/19 - Melt Festival - Ferropolis
8/9 - Lollapalooza - Chicago, Illinois
8/11 - Phoenix Concert Theatre - Toronto, Ontario
8/12 - Zaphod Beeblebrox - Ottawa, Ontario
8/13 - La Sala Rossa - Montreal, Quebec
8/20 - Pukkelpop Festival - Hasselt
8/21 - Lowlands Festival - Holland
8/28 - Rock en Seine - Paris
8/29 - Leeds Festival - Leeds
8/30 - Reading Festival - Reading
9/5 - Jersey Live Festival - Jersey, Channel Islands
9/11 - Bestival - Isle of Wight, South
9/13 - Monolith Festival - Morrison, Colorado
9/25 - Summerstage - New York, New York
10/4 - Austin City Limits - Austin
10/14 - The Music Box at the Fonda - Hollywood, California
10/21 - Leadmill - Sheffield
10/22 - NorthumbriaUni Stage 2 - Newcastle
10/23 - Garage - Glasgow, Scotland
10/24 - Club Academy - Manchester
10/26 - Academy - Oxford
10/27 - Koko - London, UK, London and South East
10/30 - Anson Rooms - Bristol
10/31 - Uni - Southampton
11/1 - Academy 2 - Birmingham
11/3 - Dublin Academy - Dublin, Dublin

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