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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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    Nóis Aqui company heard pink floyd every day

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  • ianrappp

    im seeing him in 3 weeks im so excited its been 6 years of waiting :(

    21 Jul 4:40pm Reply
  • flexxxin

    Kindred is epic album! <3

    31 May 6:28pm Reply
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  • cassidyemily

    So excited to see Passion Pit on tour in San Diego!

    20 May 7:45am Reply
  • ajablagargala

    Wasn't a big fan of the new album at first and what do you know, it grew on me. Strong 6., light 7.

    13 May 10:09pm Reply
  • maoolina

    why does your first show in Jakarta have to be with WTF2015? :(

    13 May 7:04am Reply
  • rickyzito_

    whole life story is my fav track this week and probably this life dunno ☻

    10 May 7:53am Reply
  • Mochitsuki

    What happened to the days of Michael drunkenly smashing sticky wet keys on his laptop and creating so many layers of synths that he forgets which is which in the morning and just says "fuck it". He's spent way too much time in the AA cult with this born again christian crap and now the layering is about as coarse and tragic as his live horse weesnaws passing as vocals. That being said I have nothing against good cults. Illuminati. Nine Angels. Fake Prada. Fake Lilly. Fake Zara.

    5 May 5:16am Reply
  • ianrappp

    Manners will always be their best album. Gossamer was decent and so is Kindred. I'm just hoping they both can grow on me. [2] manners is absolutely the best among the 3

    2 May 6:29am Reply
  • indy02

    On a second listen, Kindred isn't half bad. I thought the last album was just as candy coated.

    1 May 4:00pm Reply
  • sda_casl

    Gossamer is probably one of my favourite album of all time, so I was always gonna be let down with this. It's grown on me though. Solid 7/10 I think.

    26 Apr 5:04pm Reply
  • isaacmurder

    It's really painful to hear that closing track. [3]

    26 Apr 1:46pm Reply
  • LongLiveGrimes

    This is weird but "Until We Can't (Let's Go)" makes me feel like I'm a vogue dancer who's ready to fight lol

    25 Apr 11:08am Reply
  • Con-dog

    Passion Pit should just stop playing games and become a The Cranberries cover band.

    25 Apr 9:05am Reply
  • XDRory

    "I don't know how anyone couldn't have expected a lighter, poppier album after the success of Gossamer." Because fans aren't psychics and artists are very subject to change their artistic direction.

    24 Apr 3:17pm Reply
  • Elizabbeth

    Kindred <3 [2]

    24 Apr 12:34pm Reply
  • SinsWritter

    It's really painful to hear that closing track. [x2]

    24 Apr 10:11am Reply
  • st_bastian

    Look like reeeeeeeeeiiiiiinnn

    24 Apr 12:32am Reply
  • punkrockalfred

    I don't know how anyone couldn't have expected a lighter, poppier album after the success of Gossamer.

    24 Apr 12:14am Reply
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