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Last Week Live: Passion Pit

June 7, 2010

Rams Head Live! was packed with a young crowd on the first Wednesday in June, attendees eager for the electronic sounds of Passion Pit. Opener Tokyo Police Club took the stage a little after eight, and was received with screams of approval. Fans screamed along to the Canadian band’s lyrics, and when the band left the stage, the crowd was even more pumped up than before.

In the time between the openers and the main event, fans talked about how much they “f***ing love Passion Pit” and how far they travelled to see this show — the first of their summer tour. When Passion Pit took the stage, the crowd erupted in screams and was already dancing before the opening notes were played.

Passion Pit’s set was impressive, and the Boston band played nearly every song that they’ve released. While this wasn’t difficult since the electronic band only has one EP and one full-length album under their belts, the crowd was definitely pleased to hear all of its favorites. The audience along to every chorus, clapping when necessary and even attempting to crowd surf much to the Rams Head’s bouncers’ dismay. In one of the band’s final songs, nearly everyone that was crammed onto the floor in front of the stage was jumping along to the “Little Secrets” chorus phrase “higher and higher and higher.”

As they had previously mentioned, the band saved their single, and arguably crowd favorite, “Sleepyhead,” for the encore. The three-song encore included an impressive cover of The Cranberries’ “Dream.” As evident in Passion Pit’s songs, vocalist Michael Angelakos’ range goes impressively high, and he had no problem hitting the high notes in the Irish band’s song. For “Sleepyhead,” Angelakos instructed the crowd to wave one arm up and down as he had seen Jay-Z do at Coachella. The audience went wild, and when Passion Pit hit the final notes of “Sleepyhead,” the excited buzz of crowd indicated that they weren’t at all tired yet. Passion Pit had nearly exhausted their repertoire, but fans still wanted more.

—Christina Warner, Managing Editor

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