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Music: Passion Pit

By Dave Tobias · January 27th, 2009 · CityBeat Recommends
People like to dance. This is a simple coda and one that permeates all facets of music, from Hip Hop to Pop to Rock. Knowing this, it should come as no surprise that Indie Rock, a musical tradition known primarily for shoegazing and head bobbing, would soon follow suit. Granted, there are a lot more black-rimmed glasses and cowboy shirts, but the idea remains the same — people can’t wait to hit the dancefloor and get their groove on.

Enter Passion Pit, the next in the line of Indie Rock party starters with synth-heavy grooves, crazy live shows and that one certain something to eschew them from the mainstream.

In this case, lead singer and primary songwriter Michael Angelakos’ vocals are so over-the-top falsetto that Alvin and the Chipmunks would be jealous. Even with that grating voice ringing through the air, the songs from the band’s debut Chunk of Change EP are dangerously infectious. Their hit Internet single, “Sleepyhead” combines a slinky synthesizer line with a Kanye West-inspired sample and hand claps to create dance-floor heaven.

Passion Pit gets bodies moving at The Northside Tavern with Cale Parks. Read a full interview here.



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