Passion Pit at Marquee Theatre, 9/11/12
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Passion Pit @ Marquee Theatre| 9/11/12
Massachusetts electropoppers Passion Pit haven't performed in the Valley in almost three years. The band's second full-length album, Gossamer, was released a couple of months ago, and fans responded quite well to the new songs -- but more on that later. The sold-out Marquee Theatre crowd was packed full of sweaty fans jumping and singing along to a highly anticipated show.
This scenario doesn't happen often, but I can't help but feel like I've been a part of it before. Fans waiting years to see a particular dance band, the crowd treating new material as well as old material, wondering why I bothered showering before the show because everyone was sweating, and most of all being part of a huge, dancing crowd, it brought me to a clear conclusion -- Passion Pit is this year's Cut Copy.
From the moment the band opened with the synth-laden, über-danceable "Take a Walk," Passion Pit came out fighting and showed no signs of slowing down. That's bound to happen when a band frontloads a couple of its most upbeat songs, playing "Walk" and "The Reeling" at the beginning of its set. The third song was "Moth's Wings," sure to be a breather, right? Not quite, as the crowd practically out-sang frontman Michael Angelakos as he enthusiastically grabbed the mic stand and thrust it into the audience.
Playing a show on the anniversary of 9/11 puts a band in a tricky position, but Angelakos handled it gracefully. "Our set is dedicated to all of the families affected by 9/11," he said, sitting at a keyboard for "Eyes as Candles" as the crowd chanted "USA!" over and over again.
The new songs were received remarkably well, with fans screaming as soon as they recognized just about anything and singing on cue to every "whoa" and "oh," notably on the band's R&B jam, "Constant Conversations." Dancing to catchy songs is one thing, but rocking out to almost every single song is quite another, so my hat's off to you, Passion Pit fans.