Thursday, January 19, 2012

I Think You Should Know Thursday

This (finally) snowy Thursday the band I am sharing is the Massachusetts electropop band Passion Pit. Besides knowing the band, the story of how it formed should be heard solely because it is adorable. The band began when lead singer Michael Angelakos wrote and performed a CD for his then girlfriend as a late Valentine's Day present. The CD traveled around their friends and family until eventually it made its way into the hands of Ian Hultquist who approached Angelakos to play together. The rest is musical (semi-known) history. The band game together when they added several other collaborators including a drummer and bass player all of who attended Berklee Music College in Boston.
The band has an electric sound without sounding too "dance-y." They are able to be simultaneously  upbeat and serious; not a band concerned just with rhythm, but also lyrical content. They also do incredible remixes, including "Telephone" by Lady Gaga and Beyonce and "Grenade" by Bruno Mars (check them on youtube).
"Moth Wings" off the 2009 album Manners was featured on several television shows when it was first released. It's one of those songs that can easily get stuck in your head and has really interesting lyrics.
"You're just like your father
Buried deep under the water
You're resting on your laurels
And stepping on my toes
Whose side are you on?
What side is this anyway?
Put down your sword and crown
Come lay with me on the ground"
"Sleepyhead" is the song that started it all. Passion Pit's single from their first album Chunk of Change (2007-8) and the one most people know if they have actually heard of them. It is much more electric in sound and slightly nonsensical in lyrics than "Moth's Wings."
"They couldn' think of something to say the day you burst
With all their lions and their might and thirst.
They crowd your bedroom like some thoughts wearing thin
Against the walls, against your rules, against your skin"

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