Posted in music | pictures | tour dates on March 24, 2009

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Passion Pit

Down at SXSW last week, MA band Passion Pit played the Brooklyn Vegan day party on Thursday afternoon (pictures above and below), the Spin day party on Friday afternoon, and the Thursday night Frenchkiss/Startime International showcase. French Kiss is putting out the band's debut, Manners, on May 26th. The same album comes out on Columbia Records in the UK on May 18th..

"A real deal album in other words, one that delivers on the blissful and bright promises of early fan favorites like "Sleepyhead." It took nearly two months of "explosive" off-the-cuff sessions with producer Chris Zane (Les Savy Fav, The Walkmen) to get there-everything was written and recorded on the fly-but Manners is exactly that, an irresistible, filler-free glimpse into the mind of a man who'd like to unleash his very own Pet Sounds someday.

Check the carefully-sculpted songwriting on display: the speaker-panning synths and slightly sinister children's chorus (straight outta P.S. 22 in NYC) of "Little Secrets" and "The Reeling," the lead dulcimer loops and melancholic melodies of "Moth's Wings," the ecstatic, riled-up climax of "Folds in Your Hands." All part of a greater plan, the next step of which is taking Passion Pit's live show to a level that matches, and eventually exceeds, Manners' ambition and kaleidoscopic soundscapes. Because when Angelakos says he wants to be the next Randy Newman, he's dead serious. And when he adds that Passion Pit is "a band with a lead songwriter, not just Michael Angelakos and these guys," it's clear he's just getting started." [Manners press release]
Passion Pit recently canceled a set of Canadian dates planned for the next few weeks. That aside, the band will tour Europe in April and May, returning in time for two shows at the Bowery Ballroom on June 19th and 20th. Tickets for the NYC shows go on sale Friday, March 27th at noon. (The band last played NYC at the same venue in February.)

Updated tour dates and more pictures from the BV day party below...

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Passion Pit - 2009 Tour Dates
May 1 - Paradiso - London Calling Festival Amsterdam, Netherlands
May 4 - Knaak Klub Berlin, Germany
May 6 - Botanique Brussels, Belgium
May 7 - Academy Dublin, Ireland
May 11 - Manchester Moho Manchester, UK
May 12 - Leadmill Sheffield, UK
May 13 - Heaven London, UK
May 14 - Southampton Orange Rooms Southampton, UK
May 15 - Great Escape Festival Brighton, UK
May 16 - O2 Academy Bristol, UK
May 23 - The Gorge -- Sasquatch! Festival Quincy, Washington
Jun 19 - Bowery Ballroom New York, NY
Jun 20 - Bowery Ballroom New York, NY
Jul 4 - Eurockeennes Malsaucy, France
Sep 11 - Bestival Isle of Wight, UK

(more dates TBA)

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Comments (23)

Holy shit. What a crap band. I'd rather go see the segue-rider at the bottom. She's at Merc. Lounge tomorrow, solo theremin, 2-for-1 drink specials.

Posted by TWIG | March 24, 2009 12:36 PM

Randy Newman? It's going to take a little more subtlety and restraint, I'm afraid...

Posted by wary nilsson | March 24, 2009 12:40 PM

does their music really warrant all those theatrics
i just can't match the falling out spetacles and guitar jumps with the songs

Posted by Anonymous | March 24, 2009 12:41 PM

i hate when ugly bands make it. especially ugly bands with a fat frontman, i have a prejudice against fat ppl

Posted by Anonymous | March 24, 2009 12:42 PM

The hype is over the top but I kind of like these guys.

Posted by Anonymous | March 24, 2009 12:58 PM

Does anyone know the presale code for Passion Pit?

Posted by Anonymous | March 24, 2009 1:04 PM

presale code is segway

Posted by Anonymous | March 24, 2009 1:18 PM

passion pit are good, people who write shit comments about bands they don't like obviously have nothing better to do. why even waste your time reading an article about bands you don’t care for?

Posted by oj simpson | March 24, 2009 1:26 PM

@ 12:36 - actually Camera Obscura will be at the Merc tomorrow. Unless they got bumped for segue lady.

Posted by wembley | March 24, 2009 1:28 PM

worst press release ever. randy newman? closer to newman's own ranch dressing.

Posted by Sacred Absolute Hipster Cow | March 24, 2009 1:34 PM

Matching man-pris

Posted by arty | March 24, 2009 1:49 PM

Somewhere in Austin, a lone woman on a Segway senses danger...

Posted by Anonymous | March 24, 2009 2:05 PM

Someone tell this singer from passion pit to please stop.

Posted by Anonymous | March 24, 2009 2:36 PM

Invoking Pet Sounds and Randy Newman in a press release about fucking Passion Pit shows an almost pathological disconnect with reality. Seriously, are they punk'ing us with this stuff.

Posted by Anonymous | March 24, 2009 2:47 PM

I find Passion Pit to be fun, and catchy. But ultimately kind of kitch-y. But I am just one man. One man with two penises.

Posted by Anonymous | March 24, 2009 4:24 PM

more like lets roll our pant legs up as if we're gonna walk to the edge of the beach tide
... ftw?

Posted by Anonymous | March 24, 2009 4:33 PM

enough of sleepyhead already

Posted by Anonymous | March 24, 2009 7:51 PM

i love u michael!!!

Posted by Anonymous | March 24, 2009 8:18 PM

i love u michael!!!

Posted by Anonymous | March 24, 2009 8:18 PM

cant wait for new album!!!

Posted by Anonymous | March 24, 2009 11:20 PM

re: 1:26--people write negative comments about bands like passion pit to show that they aren't going to be bullied into liking something by shamelessly aggressive publicity and utterly pretentious self-hyping.

Posted by Anonymous | March 25, 2009 10:21 AM

just wait... I've heard the full length and it is something very, very special.

Posted by Anonymous | March 25, 2009 10:47 AM

i'm not sure how i feel about seeing them live now that i've seen these photos...made me throw up in my mouth a little.

Posted by anon | March 25, 2009 1:59 PM

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