Passion Pit Delight Kings Theatre Crowd with New MusicMay 12th, 2015
Passion Pit – Kings Theatre – May 11, 2015
The indie-tronica band Passion Pit lends themselves well to wide open spaces where their whizzy tunes and falsetto vocals have no limits. So the recently restored Kings Theatre in Brooklyn seemed to be any interesting choice of venue for these festival favorites. Lead singer Michael Angelakos has described the group’s music as “kind of melodramatic and deals with these very heavy issues with really happy music. So there’s a juxtaposition.” The opposing blend of somber lyrics against poppy music doesn’t stray far from Angelakos’s personal battles with bipolar disorder. On their recent release, Kindred, the first track, “Lifted Up (1985),” is dedicated to Angelakos’s wife and continues the narrative of personal battles against beating synths.
On a Monday evening no less, a sold-out Kings Theatre carried swirling falsettos into the depths of the balcony. The first five rows were seemingly removed to create standing room for revelers, who erupted as Angelakos, clad in a baseball cap and a blazer covering a plaid shirt, stepped onstage. The lasers were summoned to full blast for the aforementioned lead track and remained to illuminate the ornate ceiling of the French Baroque venue throughout the night. Angelakos quickly shed his blazer for the groovy “Where the Sky Hangs,” having built up a sweat working the stage end to end.
The band swayed from high-energy “Five Foot Ten” to the downtempo “Look Like Rain” and R&B-tinged “Constant Conversations.” Saving the best for last, a tried-and-true trio of “The Reeling,” “Carried Away” and “Take a Walk” ended the set amongst the soon-to-be future favorite, “Until We Can’t (Let’s Go).” Adding a little extra for the evening, the group returned to encore with “Cuddle Fuddle,” previously never before played live, and the inevitable closer, “Sleepyhead.” Fans flowed out of the theater into the balmy night elated from the seasonable weather paired perfectly with a summery, uplifting soundtrack. —Sharlene Chiu
Photos courtesy of Joe Papeo | www.irocktheshot.com