Posted in music | pictures on June 30, 2010

words by Rachel Kowal, photos by David Andrako

Passion Pit

Before the show started, the crowd in front of the bandshell sat and chatted leisurely to pass time, but when they saw Suckers walk on stage, they immediately jumped to their feet, cheering. In their cool shades and neon-colored clothing, Suckers had definitely embraced the outdoor park setting. "We're from Brooklyn. Celebrate!" shouted Suckers singer Quinn Walker early in the show. Drummer Brian Aiken thrashed around with such intensity that before long, his face was nearly the color of his fuchsia shirt. They only played seven songs, but the group harmonies, well-placed trumpet cameos, and over-the-top facial expressions from the drummer made for a pretty entertaining show, and the Brooklyn band's music proved to be a good introduction to the evening. Many of their songs had slower starts, but they definitely filled out by the time the choruses hit.

Tokyo Police Club's music was more immediate. Instead of building up their sound gradually, they seemed to put it out there up front, and their sound was a bit more raucous overall. Like Suckers, Tokyo Police Club really seemed to be enjoying the picturesque setting. It had been another hot day in Brooklyn, but it cooled off just enough to be pleasant for the show. "I hope you enjoyed the beautiful day in the park," said singer Dave Monks. "You guys should really check out these trees when you get a chance. The trees are killing it." And he was right. The trees lining the back side of the bandshell were waving gently in the wind as if swaying to the music.

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Tokyo Police Club showcased a number of songs from their recent album, Champ. After their set had ended, the eager crowd tried a few different methods to get Passion Pit out on stage, but neither the chanting nor the slow clap did the trick. Shortly after 9:00, the tech guy gave a signal with his flashlight and yellow lights started flickering madly on stage as the band walked out. The production value definitely went up with each band's performance. For Passion Pit, each song seemed to have its own color scheme for lights: reds, oranges, purples, blues, and greens all made an appearance as the evening progressed. By the third song, a colorful banner (resembling the cover art of the Manners re-issue) fell against the backdrop to the delight of the audience.

For the most part, the sound throughout the evening was pretty good for an outdoor show. But the vocals did seem to be a little low in the mix - especially for Passion Pit. I'm not sure if it was just where I was standing or if there was a technical oversight, but there were times when I'd see Passion Pit singer Michael Angelakos open his mouth as if to sing but no sound came out. Of course, it didn't help that he had a tendency of holding the mic a bit too far away. (Were the officials trying to thwart the non-paying park goers from hearing the show outside of the official venue space?)

Regardless of the levels, the crowd seemed to be thoroughly enjoying themselves. Throughout the show, they sang along, clapped to the beat, jumped up and down, and danced. There was also more than one attempt at crowd surfing as the evening progressed and the excitement mounted. The band was clearly thrilled to be performing in front of such a large, enthusiastic audience. Angelakos paced and danced around the stage with glee and kept effusively thanking everyone in between songs, eventually saying, "People make fun of me for always thanking everybody, but we're just in awe of everything that's just happened in the past year. This show sold out in like ten minutes. We're from Boston, but this city made us. Thank you so much! This is the biggest show we've ever played."

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For their encore, Passion Pit played a delightful cover of the hit 1994 song "Dreams" by The Cranberries before closing with their own hit - "Sleepyhead." Though the crowd left behind a wasteland of bottles and cups, the tinkling of the aluminum Bud cans as they rolled over the cement surface made for an oddly melodic exit.

They do it again, at an even bigger venue with the same lineup (and the addition of We Were Promised Jetpacks) tonight (6/30) at Colonel's Row on Governors Island. More pictures from last night, some videos and Passion Pit's setlist, below...

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Passion Pit - The Reeling (Prospect Park)

Passion Pit - Dreams (The Cranberries) (Prospect Park) (clip)

Sleepyhead - Passion Pit @ Prospect Park - Celebrate Brooklyn - 6/29/10

Passion Pit set list
I've Got Your Number
Make Light
Better Things
The Reeling
Moth's Wings
Swimming in the Flood
To Kingdom Come
Let Your Love Grow Tall
Live to Tell the Tale
Folds in Your Hands
Smile Upon Me
Little Secrets

Encore
Eyes as Candles
Dreams (The Cranberries cover)
Sleepyhead

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Comments (43)

It was a nice night of music! Great weather, good times!

Posted by Anonymous | June 30, 2010 12:58 PM

Awesome Show!!! Glad to see that my video of Sleepyhead made it on the blog post, much props. Sweet! Ditto on that garbage crisis, I helped out a little while, but that is one of the messiest times I have seen that venue.

Posted by CNC | June 30, 2010 1:00 PM

Passion Pit's set was almost identical to all 3 nights at T5, inexcusable. You'd think they would at least learn a new cover in 5 months.

Tokyo Police Club was great though. I'd go again tonight just to see them and Suckers.

Posted by Anonymous | June 30, 2010 1:18 PM

So official concert space, eh? Is there like a wall or a fence around it or what?

Posted by Dusty | June 30, 2010 1:26 PM

Passion Pit are a studio project, they're not a real band. They just play to a click, so it's a pain in the ass to change up their set.

If you've seen them once, there's no point in seeing them again.

Posted by Anonymous | June 30, 2010 1:28 PM

"So official concert space, eh? Is there like a wall or a fence around it or what?"

What are you trying to ask?

Posted by Anonymous | June 30, 2010 1:30 PM

Tokyo Police Club's setlist

Favourite Food
Nature of the Experiment
Favourite Colour
(Something off Elephant Shell I forget the name of)
Tesselate
Bambi
Citizens of Tomorrow
End of a Spark
Big Difference
Breakneck Speed
Wait Up
Your English is Good
Be Good

Posted by Anonymous | June 30, 2010 1:34 PM

i think they're trying to ask if there is a fence at prospect park...(?)

yes, there is. this was a ticketed show - and had to have a ticket to enter the venue.

Posted by Anonymous | June 30, 2010 1:45 PM

it's crazy to me that passion pit was playing on a boat - just - one - year - ago.

it seems like only yesterday that people were going apeshit over them at cakeshop.

now, it's three nights at t5, prospect park, gov. island.

really, people?

they ain't ALL THAT.

Posted by Anonymous | June 30, 2010 1:49 PM

from the videos, i'd say 95% of the audience was 15 yr. old girls?

Posted by Anonymous | June 30, 2010 1:50 PM

When dudes sing along to this band at shows, do they sing in falsetto? That's got to be incredibly lame to witness.

Posted by Anonymous | June 30, 2010 1:50 PM

he sounds atrocious live. that sleepyhead clip is painful.

Posted by Anonymous | June 30, 2010 1:53 PM

re: #2 1:50 PM

hahahahahahahahaha

Posted by Anonymous | June 30, 2010 1:54 PM

>
>from the videos, i'd say 95% of the audience
>was 15 yr. old girls?
>

Considering 95% of their audience is, in fact, 15 year old girls... that seems to add up.

Posted by Anonymous | June 30, 2010 1:55 PM

This show needed more girls in bandanas

Posted by Anonymous | June 30, 2010 1:55 PM

Great show! I thought Tokyo Police Club killed it, Hadn't seen them in awhile.

Posted by Anonymous | June 30, 2010 2:00 PM

"he sounds atrocious live. that sleepyhead clip is painful."

he sounds way better live than it comes across in that video

Posted by Anonymous | June 30, 2010 2:02 PM

"For the most part, the sound throughout the evening was pretty good for an outdoor show. But the vocals did seem to be a little low in the mix - especially for Passion Pit."

I disagree- I thought everything was too low. I guess they are trying to keep it so people outside the venue can't hear, but it was not loud enough. Bass seemed especially quiet.

Posted by Anonymous | June 30, 2010 2:13 PM

when i sing along i dont do the falsetto. The falsetto holds up really well live when i saw them. i was very impressed.

Posted by Anonymous | June 30, 2010 2:17 PM

the falsetto holds up because 15 yr old chicks are singing along.

Posted by Anonymous | June 30, 2010 2:19 PM

@2:02, definitely true, I tried to get the camera as far from the crowd and yet their voices still interfered. Wish I could use a boom with it. Plus, the camera's microphone is in such an odd location, it is hard to hold the camera without some annoyingness going on.

Posted by CNC | June 30, 2010 2:29 PM

the crowd was very young.

Posted by Anonymous | June 30, 2010 2:46 PM

I thought the show was really lame, especially their rendition of "Dreams" by The Cranberries. His voice is identical to Dolores O'Riordan. I didn't know what to make of it.

Posted by Anonymous | June 30, 2010 3:08 PM

The crowd was young and HOT!
Is that bad? I mean girls were banggin' last night!
Really cool show, venue and weather.

Posted by R08 | June 30, 2010 3:24 PM

From where I was standing (in a clump of high school kids) I did wonder how many people in the audience were even alive when "Dreams" came out.

Posted by RK | June 30, 2010 3:24 PM

Woods is another band with the falsetto thing...doesn't work live.

Posted by Anonymous | June 30, 2010 3:45 PM

This is watered down pop indie for the high school set. More funny sunglasses, cute ironic t shirts, and beards on 20 something guys to prove how manly you are.

Tokyo Police Club? Your sticking with that name.
Really? Passion Pit is bad also.

Posted by Anonymous | June 30, 2010 5:20 PM

really wish i saw the drummer's "over the top facial expressions" and pp's "delightful" cover

Posted by Anonymous | June 30, 2010 5:38 PM

Suckers are wonderful

Posted by Anonymous | June 30, 2010 6:32 PM

"Passion Pit are a studio project, they're not a real band. They just play to a click, so it's a pain in the ass to change up their set.
If you've seen them once, there's no point in seeing them again."

i am not into passion pit at all but faulting them for playing to a click is really stupid. lots of bands do that. U2 has been doing it forever. when i saw spoon the drummer was definitely playing to a click. i wouldnt play to a click with my music live but its really not a big deal for a band to do that.

Posted by Anonymous | June 30, 2010 7:01 PM

Shhhhh...it's not REAL music unless played without electricity

Posted by Anonymous | June 30, 2010 7:45 PM

They beatmatch wax cyclinders...they keep perfect time through the subtle tick of their pacemakers...they believe the only occasion calling for a sample is when choosing an icecream flavor.

They are the most UNINTERESTING POSTERS IN THE WORLD.

Posted by Anonymous | June 30, 2010 8:19 PM

WORST BAND OF ALL TIME

Posted by Anonymous | June 30, 2010 9:24 PM

ummm he shoulda done the TARZAN part in "dreams" in full on falsetto, pussy!

Posted by Anonymous | July 1, 2010 12:45 AM

Everyone knows Passion Pit, but who here knows of their obscure side project Hummus Pit?

Posted by Anonymous | July 1, 2010 4:47 AM

Peach Pit bitches.

Free hummus for all the kids.

Posted by Anonymous | July 1, 2010 6:31 AM

he's actually singing perfectly in those videos, it's the fucking crowd ruining it.

Posted by Anonymous | July 1, 2010 1:23 PM

you couldn't even hear PassionPit's vocals from where I was... but the dancing made up for it. That, and Suckers and TPC made up for whatever Passion Pit was lacking. Good Show!

Posted by Anonymous | July 1, 2010 9:15 PM

I would never go to a show like this again, only because people from Brooklyn will show up. That was an absolute detriment to an otherwise asshole-free concert.

Posted by fuck | July 5, 2010 10:48 AM

"only because people from Brooklyn will show up. "

Wrong. Those people are not FROM Brooklyn, they are just transplants from the midwest.

Posted by Anonymous | July 5, 2010 11:05 AM

I overheard a group of kids at the show wondering if they'd make it out of there in time to catch their train back to NJ

Posted by Anonymous | July 5, 2010 12:20 PM

12:20 what's you point?

Posted by Anonymous | July 5, 2010 1:25 PM

The point is, I overheard kids at the show wondering if they'd make their train back to NJ.

If you can't read english, leave the country.

Posted by 12:20 | July 5, 2010 2:40 PM

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