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Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States (2007 – present)

Passion Pit is an electronic band from Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States, formed in 2007. The band consists of Michael Angelakos (lead vocals, keyboards), Ian Hultquist (keyboards, guitar), Xander Singh (synthesizer, samples), Jeff Apruzzese (bass, synth bass), and Nate Donmoyer (drums). All of the band members attended the Berklee College of Music in Boston, with the exception of Angelakos, who attended Emerson College.

“Passion Pit” was a vocabulary word used in a class Michael took in school. The band called their name from the Variety Slanguage Dictionary, a glossary of Variety’s frequently-used slang, which was provided by the Hollywood Insider publication to help not-so-savvy readers decipher its content. The magazine used the term to refer to drive-in theatres, because of their privacy and romantic allure for teenagers.

The first Passion Pit songs, which would later become the Chunk of Change EP, were written by Angelakos at Emerson College as a belated Valentine’s Day gift to his then-girlfriend. At first, he wrote and performed all his material alone using a laptop. These sets of songs were passed around Emerson and caught the attention of many blogs.

Michael played his first shows alone sitting with his laptop and a microphone. After one of these solo shows in the Boston area, Ian Hultquist, who was attending Berklee at the time, approached Angelakos and expressed interest in creating and playing music collaboratively.


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  • keanequeen

    Until We Can't (Let's Go) <3

    3 hours ago Reply
  • keinenglisch

    I've re-evaluated Kindred; it's good, but not great. The issue is that Michael Angelakos will fail to be taken seriously as a musician if he continues in this saccharine pop direction.

    19 Apr 1:40pm Reply
  • XDRory

    The album is growing on me now but I think the problem may be that the sound is TOO much the same. I can almost predict where some songs are going. Nothing wrong with the pop structure if it works for them (and it most certainly does) but even just a change in the instrumental side of things would help keep them sounding fresh.

    17 Apr 3:20pm Reply
  • Timofeie

    i don't know what some people are talking about. passion pit sounds still pretty much the same. of course every album sounds little bit different but that's the point, it's called progress. but their musical style is still exactly the same and songs are still really good.

    17 Apr 11:13am Reply
  • MurilloCezar

    My Brother Taught Me How To Swim is cool!

    16 Apr 8:44pm Reply
  • Con-dog

    R-Mac is posting here because he loves Passion Pit, but is hugely disappointed in their material since Manners. I feel the exact same way. I don't believe he was posting out of anger or hatred for PP and their fanbase. Just posting out of sadness, like his emoticon shows. I still respect PP and respect people who like new PP. But their change in sound after Manners is just really sad to me. It was a step in a generic direction and I don't think that's even close to a debatable statement.

    16 Apr 2:35am Reply
  • ma-ma-marry-

    Kindred <3

    15 Apr 11:49pm Reply
  • heynissim

    Kindred is just ok

    15 Apr 10:08pm Reply
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  • Fernando___

    KINDRED IS BEAUTIFUL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    15 Apr 2:44am Reply
  • Ceejayklmnop

    Favorites from the new songs are Whole Life Story, Five Foot Ten (I), Dancing On The Grave, Looks Like Rain and My Brother Taught Me How To Swim. Kindred is a step in the right direction imo.

    15 Apr 12:46am Reply
  • aquelematheus

    And I'm not one of those people who hates anything that isn't Manners either, I loved Gossamer and expected something else I'd really love, but... nothing's really surfaced. [2]

    14 Apr 9:05pm Reply
  • XDRory

    I will need intensive listens to Kindred because I still can't decide what I think.

    14 Apr 4:45pm Reply
  • keinenglisch

    Well, Kindred sounds like a triumph to me. There's not a weak track in sight and 1985, Whole Life Story, Where the Sky Hangs, Until We Can't (Let's Go), Looks Like Rain and My Brother Taught Me How to Swim positively sparkle.

    14 Apr 1:11pm Reply
  • ianrappp

    im seeing him soon waaaajklsdjcslcj;lcj wjcp finally after 5 years of waiting

    14 Apr 11:27am Reply
  • XDRory

    I guess he's just posting his opinion. Which, regrettably, I feel inclined to agree with. Nothing off Kindred is grabbing me. And I'm not one of those people who hates anything that isn't Manners either, I loved Gossamer and expected something else I'd really love, but... nothing's really surfaced.

    13 Apr 4:58pm Reply
  • ianrappp

    the new songs are all amazing tbh

    9 Apr 3:09pm Reply
  • multimoulinette

    LET'S GO!

    7 Apr 9:12pm Reply
  • R-Mac

    bruh.. these new songs have been hot garbage... like, bro, any song with trite ass phrases like "let's go!!" littered everywhere instantly gets sent to the recycling bin fam. guess i won't be listening to anything past Manners still :( 19 year old me is crushed how hard P. Pit fell off.

    7 Apr 4:13am Reply
  • mauricio_0

    Until We Can't (Let's Go) <3

    7 Apr 4:00am Reply
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