Passion Pit’s music video for “Constant Conversations” features lead singer Michael Angelakos wandering through a high-end party. For some reason, this video seems to go hand-in-hand with all the info that has recently surfaced about him. Interesting choice.
Passion Pit have had to cancel a bunch of tour dates in order to improve the mental health of frontman Michael Angelakos. He posted a message on the band’s website saying:
On behalf of the band and myself, I would like to greatly apologize for the show cancellations. In order for me to ensure that there will be no further disruptions, I am going to take the time to work on improving my mental health. For now, I’d like to thank all of our fans for their understanding. I hope to see all of you very soon in a much different light.
I saw the band a few weeks ago at Governors Ball. While shooting from the photo pit, I got as close as one could get to Michael. I have seen the band a few times now, and something about the show – Michael in particular, seemed off to me. He didn’t seem as enthusiastic or joyful. Even looking him dead in the eyes during the set, he seemed unnerved. That was just the feeling I got, and now it seems like I may have been right.
Hope Michael gets better. You can see the list of cancelled shows here.
Immediately you will notice it has a slower, more sensual feel than we’re used to from them. We’ve seen what Passion Pit can do with a slower steady pace before, but not really quite like this. It’s a nice change of pace, and a great look for a band that has so many of them.
Passion Pit have come so far since that first notice I gave them on this little platform of mine. Even then I would have been surprised at their transformation into one of the biggest indie juggernauts in today’s music scene.
They were given the “headline set” of the evening, and took it in full stride. Lead singer and frontman Michael Angelakos didn’t seem like his normal joyful self, and two new members were placed in the back, with Ayad Al Adhamy no where in sight (he is touring with The Go! Team). These are factors that would impact most bands, but Passion Pit aren’t most bands. They are a young group, hungry, and full of colorful songs that have never once seemed old or trite in my mind.
Anything of Manners got the proper reaction from the crowd. The two songs we’ve heard from the upcoming Gossamer (“Take A Walk”, “I’ll Be Alright”) did their job live, but “It’s Not My Fault I’m Happy” was disappointingly flat. Given, it was only their 2nd time playing it live, so don’t judge it yet.
Energy and minor vocal issues aside, the band did the job and put on a show. “Sleepyhead” and “Little Secrets” came in and closed the set in proper fashion.
Passion Pit have released another song from new album Gossamer. It’s a bouncy synth affair titled “I’ll Be Alright” that is misleading. Musically, things sound upbeat and grand, but lyrically, it seems to be a dark confession from Angelakos.
Take a listen below. Gossamer is due July 24 via Columbia Records.