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posted Friday, December 3, 2010 - Volume 38 Issue 49
Passion Pit brought the party to the Moore
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Passion Pit brought the party to the Moore

Passion Pit sony bmg_web.jpg by Albert Rodriguez - SGN A&E Writer

Passion Pit
November 29
Moore Theatre


One could accuse Passion Pit of listening to an excess of K-Tel disco LPs growing up, but this appears to have planted the seed that led to their artistic contribution, which can be summarized in four words: party music for geeks.

The New York-based unit, who interviewed with Seattle Gay News around this time last year, drew a near-sell-out crowd to the Moore Theatre on Tuesday night - mostly college kids, almost all white urbanites, and specifically those who embrace their nerdy side and look cool doing so.

Passion Pit opened the show with 'I've Got Your Number,' lifting everyone out of their seats. Lead singer Michael Angelakos took command of the stage from the get-go, his tall and lean frame moving from end to end, his bushy hair becoming a floppier mess by the minute, and his hand clutching a white microphone.

Five vertical light strips were propped behind the band, glowing in lavender when they played 'Make Light.' Angelakos removed his maroon sweater at the start of the third number, an uppity version of 'Better Things.' With two keyboardists, Ian Hultquist and Ayad Al Adhamy, playing on every song, Passion Pit's sound is as much electronic as it is pop, and it's heavily cushioned with elements of disco.

Clearly fans came to dance, and that they did when Passion Pit landed on 'The Reeling.' Blue and green lights flickered during 'Let Your Love Grow Tall,' a tune that was featured on an episode of Ugly Betty. 'Live to Tell the Tale' was beautiful, and it showcased Angelakos on both keyboards and lead vocals.

A dynamite, exuberant rendition of 'Little Secrets' got everybody moving, jumping several inches in the air, and chanting the words 'higher, higher' from the chorus. Passion Pit returned for a three-song encore, which included a kick-ass cover of 'Dreams' by The Cranberries - come to think of it, it was better than the original (and I mean it). The quintet saved the best for last; not only is 'Sleepyhead' their biggest hit, it was also the most amazing thing we heard all night. I loved how Angelakos sunk his high-pitched pipes deep into it; you have to appreciate this guy for truly singing, not just talking through the lyrics like every other band's frontman does these days.

This was a very spirited performance from a band that's just getting started; the potential for them to grow into a major act is almost frightening. But what I want for Passion Pit is to really go for it, to drop the indie-hipster pop thing and evolve into more of dance music act. They're sexy (Angelakos in a pair of spandex would stop traffic), they're skilled musicians, they're ambitious, and they seem obsessed with that - 70s boogie sound - they should at least try to be that disco band they so much idolize.

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