On any list of influential indie-rock hits of the last ten years you'll be sure to find Passion Pit's "Sleepyhead" nestled among the bunch.
But Passion Pit has come a long way from 2008.
On Sunday night, Passion Pit played to a sold out crowd of nearly 1,500 at the House of Blues in Dallas, pumping out the energetic jams for over an hour.
After a lengthy, stale set from opening band Atlas Genius, fans were eager for the guests of honor to take the stage. Chants rung throughout the theater and the band came out booming with "Little Secrets," a favorite from Passion Pit's debut album, Manners.
Vocalist Michael Angelakos, joined by his live crew of energetic stage mates, commanded the crowd, and with every "Oooh" from the mic came an echo from the wave of fans.
The band's set was packed with tracks from Gossamer, Passion Pit's sophomore album. Songs like "Constant Conversations" and "Mirrored Sea" got the crowd pumped, and the lead single from Kindred, "Lifted Up (1985)," rounded out the middle.
But toward the end is when things got crazy. Beginning with "I'll Be Alright," the show leveled up, and "Carried Away," "The Reeling" and "Take A Walk" meant the whole place was shaking, as every member of the crowd became part of a familial dance party.
And then the main set ended, which was confusing. It was rather short compared with some of Passion Pit's previous tour outings. The set also was void of almost any songs from Kindred, released just this year, sans the singles.
When Gossamer was released in 2012, it dominated the band's live sets, but things felt hollow here.
It didn't seem to matter though, because everyone was just having a good time. And when the band returned to the stage for "Sleepyhead," its encore song, it felt like the perfect ending.
Though the band has played larger venues in the area in the past, it's easy to see why it draws such a large crowd. With an unusual, energetic sound and a level of maturity most bands never grow into, (see: MGMT) the Passion Pit show Sunday night was not one to miss.
- Angelakos' inhuman pitch
- Gossamer, Gossamer everywhere
- Closing the show with "Sleepyhead"
- Opening band was solid, but no stage presence
- Not many songs from Kindred
- Not one song from Chunk of Change, Passion Pit's first EP (unless you count "Sleepyhead," which was also on Manners, the band's first album)