PICS: Passion Pit at the Observatory North Park

Passion Pit stopped in town to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the electro-pop band's 2009 debut album "Manners."

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The band, fronted by multi-instrumentalist/vocalist/producer mastermind Michael Angelakos (pictured), took the stage at the Observatory North Park on Wednesday, May 1.
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Their current tour celebrates the band's 2009 debut album, "Manners," which propelled the Cambridge, Massachusetts-based group to worldwide fame.
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Naturally, during the show, Passion Pit's setlist was focused on "Manners" -- with the album being performed in its entirety.
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In a recent interview with SoundDiego's Dustin Lothspeich, Angelakos explained that the band's rehearsals for the anniversary tour were a great experience: "It's literally probably the most positive, easiest, lightest-feeling tour I've ever prepped for."
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"I'm just excited to get back out and do something," Angelakos continued. "It's just been a lot of time off and time spent gathering myself and I was just kind of craving the connection -- and I feel like it's fun to take 'Manners' back into my own hands and play with it in a way that I never got to before."
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When the album released 10 years ago though, the entire process of recording, handling press, and touring took its toll on the frontman, who was struggling with mental health issues.
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"It was such a blur, it was so fast," Angelakos said. "The time from writing the initial demos to getting signed to an indie label, then to a major label, to being in a band and then being on a bus -- it was so quick and so fast, and also I was on so many different medications. These are stressors that most young people shouldn’t really have to be exposed to or really deal with at that age."
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As he and his band prepared for this tour, the process of revisiting songs that document some of the most turbulent times in his life was even more eye-opening than the frontman anticipated.
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"The thing that I really understand best, and it’s taken me a really long time to, is how lonely and dark and desperate I was to be understood at that time," Angelakos said.
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For a process that could've easily been a harrowing minefield to navigate, going back to that debut album has turned into somewhat of a victory lap for him and the band.
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"It’s kind of a conquering type of feeling as opposed to a this type of 'Oh my God, I’m gonna revisit this traumatic period,'" he said. "There’s a always a little bit of that, but there’s a type of confidence now to be able to go out onstage and perform these songs with a kind of understanding between me and the audience that I’ve gone through enough."
As expected, it was a magnificent show and Angelakos and Co. left everything on the floor -- bravo! Come back soon!
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