Having seen Passion Pit twice before, you kind of have certain expectations, and more of an idea of what type of show it will be. Mostly, this time was no different. Over the course of one EP and three full length albums, PP has managed to stay afloat mostly due to singer and main creator Michael Angelakos, but when it comes to the live show, it’s all five members that bring it together.
So it was ultimately on this Wednesday night that Passion Pit descended on the relatively new venue the Joy Theatre to envelop the decent sized crowd to about 70 minutes of synthy electro pop. I say decent in terms of audience size because frankly, I expected it to sell out, and while I never looked to see how full the balcony was, the crowd was good but not great, especially when you factor in their recent placements in the last few years on festival posters.
Anyway, Atlas Genius opened the show, and while this doesn’t happen often, my group of friends and I found ourselves disliking them more and more as the set went on. Now, these guys reminded me of a more poppy sounding Kings of Leon. To say there was nothing special about this band is mostly accurate and correct. They had decent energy, and while they were clearly good players, the resulting sound left much to be desired. Multiple songs had elements very close to elements other bands, and it just sounded, well, blah.
Finally, Passion Pit came out and launched right into the set. Opening with “Little Secrets,” which is a pretty big song for the band takes some guts, and more or less it went off without a hitch. The band sounded tight, and as they burrowed their way through most of their well known songs(How do you not play “Moth’s Wings?”) you could tell they were finding their pacing. Honestly, finally seeing them in their own space really helped the atmosphere. Festivals are great, but one big thing never present at fests is having a crowd's full attention, and i think PP suffers from that. Tonight though they were in full force with a crowd that really got into it.
Overall though, it was a fun enjoyable concert, and while “I likely wouldn't have paid the fifty dollar door fee the night of the show, going for free proved to be well worth it, and i’m likely to see them again, as long as the material is worth a view. Thanks for reading.
Landon Murray is a published writer and an avid lover of music, books and films. He's also a lover of the New Orleans Saints. He was born in 1982 and has a chainsaw tattoo on his arm.
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