Posted in music | pictures on May 19, 2009

photos by Tim Griffin

Passion Pit

Passion Pit's last-minute, one-off NYC show on a boat was the fastest selling Rocks Off Concert Cruise in history (according to one of the promoters I talked to). It sold out in less than two days. Bad Brains took five. The show (last night) was timed to coincide with the release of the band's new album, Manners, out today (5/19) via Frenchkiss. As anyone who likes the band can probably imagine, the boat show was a super good time.

As the cruise, which departs from 41st on the west side, sailed up and down the Hudson River, there was lots of dancing, high-pitched singing, and birthday cake (Happy Birthday Michael). I think MTV was there filming too. More rehearsed than they were at SXSW in March (which is where I last caught them), the band seemed more confident playing the new songs. The audience, not surprisingly, went most nuts for the "old" (EP) stuff (like the song "Sleepyhead", which they actually also put on the new full length). More pictures from the show below...

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Not the best sound, but here's one video clip....

Their next two NYC shows are at Bowery Ballroom (both sold out). All dates HERE.

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Comments (41)

too bad that boat didnt sink

Posted by Anonymous | May 19, 2009 1:30 PM

Yeah the boat may be old but when they keep having successful concerts maybe they will make enough money ro get a newer ship!

Posted by Anonymous | May 19, 2009 1:39 PM

The current state of Indie Rock appears to be a race to the bottom where bands are competing to see who can come up with the most trite, generic, derivative, boring, un-profound drivel while still managing to convince Vice-reading suburbanites that their stuff is legit, authentic and not at all contrived.

I never thought I'd see the day where bands like the Strokes & Interpol actually seemed "original" when compared to the steaming shitheap of music that's being released today. Anyone with Garageband, a mustache and a few friends who work in the media can become an Indie Rock darling overnight if they wanted to. It's so sad.

I'm somewhat shocked that the music-listening public hasn't caught on to this ruse yet.

Posted by brooklynomnivore | May 19, 2009 1:44 PM

Looks like a great time

Posted by Ashok | May 19, 2009 1:44 PM

This concert was obviously horrible, because there is no way the sound on any boat could possibly sound as good as Bowery Ballroom. If you tell me it was great and the sound was great and you had a great time and there were great vibes, you don't know anything about sound, are obviously 15 years old, and have never been to a real concert.
-Dr. A. Nonymous, PhD in PHENOMENAL SOUND

ps - of course I didn't go to this concert, you don't need to go to a concert to know exactly what it sounded like.

Posted by Anonymous | May 19, 2009 1:46 PM

1:44 maybe you are getting to old for concerts and are turning out to be an aging hipster?

Posted by Anonymous | May 19, 2009 1:47 PM

oh my god, you guys...the sound on that boat was phenomenal!

Posted by Anonymous | May 19, 2009 1:48 PM

It was so fun!

Posted by Anonymous | May 19, 2009 1:52 PM

The sound was so awesome!!!!!

Posted by Anonymous | May 19, 2009 1:54 PM

"ps - of course I didn't go to this concert, you don't need to go to a concert to know exactly what it sounded like."

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA good one, champ.

Posted by Anonymous | May 19, 2009 1:55 PM

This concert was the best thing since Woodstock, because there's no way that a concert held on a boat could not be an awesome time. If you tell me that this concert was worse than Led Zeppelin in their prime than you don't know anything about music, and are a fat 50 year old who hates Todd P, because i am right and you are not allowed to hold any contrary opinions.
-Dr. Todd P. Intern, PhD in SUBSTITUTING A REAL LIFE FOR A LIFE ON THE INTERWEBS

ps - of course, it doesn't matter if you went to this show, or if you even say complimentary things about it, because i'll still argue against a false strawman just to try and tear you down because you don't agree with me 100%!

Posted by Anonymous | May 19, 2009 1:55 PM

I hear they borrowed Todd P's phenomenal sound system for this show.

Posted by Anonymous | May 19, 2009 1:57 PM

Who cares about the sound??
It's a SHOW ON A FUCKING BOAT!!
This particular band isn't my cup of tea, but even if it was my own personal all time favorites, great sound would come secondary to the fact that you're seeing a SHOW ON A FUCKING BOAT.
IT'S A BOAT - YOU'RE FLOATING ON THE WATER - AT NIGHT - DRINKING AND SEEING A BAND!
LOOK WHERE YOU ARE AND WHAT YOU'RE DOING - it's pretty cool - appreciate it for what it is.

Posted by Anonymous | May 19, 2009 1:59 PM

if they sound like this at bowery ballroom...i am goin to want my money back...seriously, i like this band a lot but this sounds like utter garbage.

Posted by natalie | May 19, 2009 2:00 PM

The smell in the bathrooms was phenomenal!

Posted by Anonymous | May 19, 2009 2:02 PM

This is the first I've actually listened to these guys. It's kind of like Lionel Richie decided to record some of Bernard Sumners throw-away demo tracks or something.

Whatever floats your boat, I guess.

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Posted by Feldman | May 19, 2009 2:05 PM

i'm on a boat bitch!

Posted by Anonymous | May 19, 2009 2:12 PM

So when the press release mentioned that the lead singer of Passion Pit wanted to be the next Randy Newman, it only meant that he wanted to sail away. It's starting to make sense now.

Posted by hype, meet reality | May 19, 2009 2:14 PM

yea bowery ballroom is a piece o' shit venue... dr. phenominal sound my ass... its a step up over santos party house ... that doesn't say much...

Posted by Anonymous | May 19, 2009 2:23 PM

this band didn't grab me last night. the music got repetitive and to my ears, lacked soul. did not love the drummer's playing. but i was definitely in the minority. everyone else seemed to really like the show.

and despite my indifference to the music, i still had a great time. sipping a beer on a boat motoring around manhattan is fun no matter who is playing.

Posted by Anonymous | May 19, 2009 2:24 PM

passion shit = zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

Posted by Cynical Fuck | May 19, 2009 2:25 PM

The Titanic has phenomenal sound. The H.M.S. Pinafore has phenomenal sound. Suggesting this show had phenomenal sound is utter silliness.

Posted by Dr. A. Nonymous, PhD in PHENOMENAL SOUND | May 19, 2009 2:26 PM

For further reference, The Pequod is the Market Hotel of sound, The Kon-Tiki is the Broadway Backyard of sound and the U.S.S. Arizona is Terminal 5.

Posted by Dr. A. Nonymous, PhD in PHENOMENAL SOUND | May 19, 2009 2:30 PM

I wasn't at the show but I can critique it because the sound was so good I heard it from my loft apartment in Brooklyn.

Posted by Anonymous | May 19, 2009 2:38 PM

Alfred Nonymous? This is Ingmar. I was told I should get in touch with 2:23 regarding his/her interpretation of one of your theories, please advise.

Posted by Dr. I. Rony, PhD in ADVANCED SEMANTICS | May 19, 2009 2:41 PM

I got my swim trunks and my flippy floppies!

Posted by redpoint | May 19, 2009 2:50 PM

brooklynoMEHnivore

Posted by Anonymous | May 19, 2009 2:56 PM

I have some over-sized glasses and haven't showered in a month. Where's MY record deal???

Posted by Anonymous | May 19, 2009 3:18 PM

3:18 - your record deal was given to this group:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DJsQcnB6GC0

Posted by Anonymous | May 19, 2009 3:59 PM

Michael's Birthday Tonight!
Angels & Kings
500 East 11th St (between Ave A & Ave B)
New York, NY 10009

Posted by Anonymous | May 19, 2009 4:04 PM

does he have jaundice? (first photo) r u ok michael?

Posted by passion pit fan | May 19, 2009 4:17 PM

what a fabulous nite!! we all saw a great show from a bunch of talented musicians and performers. music was incredible. everyone dancing, singing along and lovin every second of it. angelakos is brilliant.

Posted by bob | May 19, 2009 6:15 PM

it was fun! the sound was not brilliant but it was fine, commenters be triflin'

Posted by queefah | May 19, 2009 10:12 PM

I'd say the performances of their new tracks were pretty freakin good. Moth's Wings was the highlight.

Posted by grant | May 20, 2009 9:35 AM

im glad the chick from the gossip wasn't onboard cause she's fat and the ship would have sunk.

Posted by Anonymous | May 24, 2009 5:18 AM

They named the boat after a porn star?

Posted by Anonymous | May 24, 2009 7:57 AM

It seems to me that the cruise ship was kind of small for such an event. Why organize a concert on a boat? They all probably left pretty dizzy from the concert.

Posted by carnival cruise lines | January 27, 2011 10:20 AM

Looks like it was a great gig! Where can I listen to this band online?

http://www.ziarasafaris.com/

Posted by Safari Tanzania | June 1, 2011 4:45 AM

Though I have never heard of this band from where I'm from, this article has certainly piqued my interest. I love bands that are able to play well live, and I feel that as long as the record companies do not try to mess with their vision, they are able to stay true to their own roots and style of music.

Posted by Record Companies | February 22, 2012 1:14 AM

Rock 'n' roll yeah!

Posted by Tanzania Safari | November 13, 2012 5:17 PM

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