It was a wintry night three years ago at the Northside Tavern when Passion Pit turned the joint into a Synth Pop sauna; wild-eyed reviews of the show heightened expectations for the Massachusetts sextet’s return.
That follow-up visit was scheduled for the final day of the inaugural Bunbury Festival, just days before the release of the band’s sophomore album, Gossamer, but one of the festival’s most anticipated moments became its biggest disappointment when Passion Pit bowed out of Bunbury due to unspecified illness. They subsequently cancelled the remainder of their July dates; frontman Michael Angelokos said on the band’s website that he was taking a break “to work on improving my mental health.”
The break worked wonders; Passion Pit tore it up at Lollapalooza in August; its fall/winter tour schedule is packed with dates (a good many of which are already sold out); and they were ecstatically received on Saturday Night Live just three weeks ago.
It’s another amazing rise in fortunes for Passion Pit since starting out five years ago as Angelokos’ solo laptop project. After forming an actual band, Passion Pit’s angle of ascent was steep. In 2008 they signed with Frenchkiss, were named Best New Local Act by the Boston Phoenix and placed in Pitchfork’s Top 40 Best Videos with “Sleepyhead.” In 2009, the band’s debut album Manners was released and the group’s songs gained high profile exposure on television and in film. In 2010, Passion Pit opened eight dates on Muse’s U.S. tour.
The anticipation surrounding Gossamer and the fevered response to this year’s tour finds Passion Pit charging headlong toward the next level of success … and expectation.
PASSION PIT performs Sunday, Nov. 5 at Madison Theater in Covington with guests Youngblood Hawke and Hollerado. Buy tickets, check out performance times and get venue details here.