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posted Friday, March 8, 2013 - Volume 41 Issue 10

Passion Pit delivers spirited Seattle set
by Albert Rodriguez - SGN A&E Writer

PASSION PIT
PARAMOUNT THEATRE
March 5


Like a big Spring Break party or a fun prom dance, Passion Pit swept into town and got all the kids sweaty and excited. The pop band, touring 2012's Gossamer release, has frequently played Seattle in the past five years (most recently at Key Arena in December), and no matter how many times their fans see them in concert, they just can't resist seeing them again.

The group went on stage promptly at 9:30, opening with 'I'll Be Alright' from the latest album. Lead singer Michael Angelakos immediately started working the stage from left to right, wearing a sport coat and necktie with his overgrown hair flopping around.

'It's so good to be back,' said Angelakos early in the show. 'Thanks for coming out.'

For stage decor, Passion Pit kept it simple. Large, globe-shaped paper lamps hung overhead and shifted into various positions and colors throughout the show. At one point, they looked like giant grapefruits hanging directly above the five-piece ensemble, illuminated in a pink-orange hue.

An energy-fueled crowd infused the show with a lot of added sound and movement - hands were raised, lyrics were shouted, feet bounced up and down, bodies swayed in multiple directions. Even new dance partnerships were started, as a neatly dressed crew of young men beside me contentedly intertwined with anyone who cared to befriend them.

Passion Pit played a selection of songs from both Gossamer and 2009's Manners, including terrific-sounding versions of 'Love Is Greed,' 'Moth's Wings,' and 'It's Not My Fault, I'm Happy.' Bubbles were spat out from a machine during a lively rendition of 'Take a Walk.' 'The Reeling' was performed under a cloud of blue lights, and 'Carried Away' got the whole Paramount crowd singing the chorus - concertgoers on the mezzanine and balcony levels were on their feet pretty much the entire time.

HIGH VOLUME
This was an abnormally loud concert, as if the amplifiers were turned up too high. There were moments when Angelakos' vocals were muffled. The only other minor disappointment was that Passion Pit raced through 'Sleepyhead' - maybe it was me but it seemed like 30 to 45 seconds were trimmed from that song. Or perhaps I just wanted more because it was so awesome.

The encore unleashed a surprise - a performance of 'Where I Come From,' the band's contribution to the soundtrack from The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2, featuring a memorable guitar riff near the end.

'That's the first time we did that song,' said Angelakos with a mysterious yet cheerful look on his face. The 90-minute show came to a close with 'Little Secrets,' as everyone festively yelled 'higher and higher' when Angelakos held out the microphone to them. And like a deflated balloon or a thoroughly beaten piƱata, the energy was zapped as soon as the house lights came on.

Passion Pit will definitely be back, no question about it. And when they do, I know for sure that I won't be alone in attending. Who can resist one of the best times ever?



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