Passion Pit is a band I discovered by listening to WEQX, the Indie Rock Station I've mentioned several times before. They hail out of Cambridge Massachusetts and are led by lead singer Michael Angelakos, with Chris Hartz (drums), Aaron Harrison Folb (bass/synthesizers), Giuliano Pizzulo (guitar/synthesizers), Pete Cafarella (synthesizers) and Ray Suen (guitar/synthesizers). Ever since I was little I've been a fan of synth rock and Passion Pits sound can sometimes remind me of that time and make me a bit nostalgic. I think they're really good song writers though and some of their tunes don't hit me with the nostalgic vibe, but I still like them a lot.
The first song I heard by Passion Pit was Take A Walk. When I first heard it I thought that they were a foreign band because of the lyrics. I later found out they were formed in the U.S.
Take A Walk
Take a Walk has something of a depressing message behind it, but I think it is reflective of a lot of the struggles people go through on a daily level during tough economic times in first world countries.
Carried Away is probably my favorite song by Passion Pit. I think it's funny and has a nice bouncy and upbeat feel to it, even though it's about the serious subject matter of two people who have trouble communicating with one another. Sometimes a sound can make you smile and feel good even when the lyrics aren't necessarily the happiest.
Little Secrets is close to Carried Away for my favorite song by Passion Pit. One of the things that seems to separate Passion Pit from a lot of other bands that rely heavily on synthesized music is that their sound isn't brooding. Many of their songs have a kind of happy and upbeat nature audio-ally. I think the lead singers voice also lends to the sense of joy I take from listening to Passion Pit.
Lifted Up (1985) is a newer song off Passion Pit's most recent album that I like a lot. It brings me back to the 1980s which I absolutely loved. In 1985 I was 8 years old and just beginning to get into music and sports and I guess I was beginning to become my "own" person which is a process that is ever evolving. When you hit that age you start deciding what things you like for yourself (or at least that was the start for me). Obviously you're not an adult at any level at that age, which I hope I'm not inferring. I just mean that when you're a very little kid your parents will often decide the way you present yourself. You start to branch out a bit more and make some choices for yourself, shaping your own identity a bit more.
Hopefully my Passion for Passion Pit will continue to grow as this young band continues to churn out awesome music for years to come.