The Congress Theatre – Chicago, IL
“This is the biggest show we’ve ever played” announced Passion Pit’s singer, Michael Angelakos, to the sold out crowd at Chicago’s Congress Theatre. The 4,000+ crowd, with arms raised high, responded with a roar to let the band know they were happy to be a part of the experience.
Photos and more after the jump…
I just heard about Passion Pit recently and wasn’t familiar with their music…at all. I downloaded an album before the show, but decided not to listen to it. I didn’t want to have any preconceived notions about the band. But I gave in. I listened to their 2009 album Manners once through right before the show. The music seemed fun, not quite my style, but not bad either. I was definitely left wondering how their music would be performed live.
Over 4,000 Passion Pit fans invaded the strip of Milwaukee Avenue that’s home to the Congress Theatre on an unseasonably warm Chicago evening. There was so much excitement amongst the crowd, outside and inside the venue, it was contagious. Maybe it was the summer-like weather? I wasn’t sure what I was getting excited about, but with so much anticipation in the air I figured I was in for quite the show. Wait, maybe that was just all the pot smoke that was in the air? Wow, Passion Pit fans sure love their weed.
Finally, Michael Angelakos (vocals/keyboard), Ian Hultquist (guitar), Ayad Al Adhamy (keyboard), Jeff Apruzzese (bass) and Nate Donmoyer (drums) hit the stage. The crowd went crazy during the first few notes of “I’ve Got Your Number” and continued to get crazier throughout the show. Bodies swayed, arms flailed, song lyrics were shouted; the crowd was almost as captivating as the performers! When they finished the show with “Sleepy Head” the Congress erupted into one big ol’ dance party. I confess, I couldn’t help shakin’ it myself.
Passion Pit’s electro-disco-pop-rock (can we call it that?) grooves are quite infectious and even better live. The record doesn’t do them justice. This is a band to see live. I love it when a band genuinely enjoys themselves on stage, that always makes for a great show. Passion Pit definitely does that. When Angelakos announced that this was their biggest show ever the entire band looked thrilled. He then proceeded to humbly thank the crowd for being so amazing. The crowd was stoked; the band was way into it; when you combine those elements awesomeness should ensue. It did, it was a really fun show.
Passion Pit rocked their way through this set list:
I’ve Got Your Number
Swimming In The Flood
To Kingdom Come
Let Your Love Grow Tall
Folds In Your Hand
Smile Upon Me
Eyes As Candles
Dreams (Cranberries cover)
I think Passion Pit is one of those bands that: can be an acquired taste, will grow on you if you give ‘em a chance and definitely have to be seen live. I’m glad I didn’t listen to (and judge) PP before heading to their show. I probably would’ve written them off, but I’m really glad I didn’t. They put on an extremely fun show. Manners may eventually make it into regular rotation.
You can find Passion Pit on tour now, including another stop at Chicago’s Congress Theatre on 04/22/10 (http://www.passionpitmusic.com/events). You can also pick up their albums, Manners and Chunk of Change. If you’re into synth-pop, you’ll totally love PP. If you aren’t, give Passion Pit a listen anyways. They just might grow on you.