Immersed in a sea of excitement and happiness, the Saturday night crowd at the Belasco Theater in downtown Los Angeles was all about Michael Angelakos and his famed project Passion Pit.
The NYC-based indie-electro group ended their North American tour with a sold-out performance at the aesthetically pleasing venue in promotion of its latest album ‘Tremendous Sea of Love’.
Courtship, an electro-pop duo out of Los Angeles started things off on Saturday. With a full band behind them, Eli Hirsch and Micah Gordon played blissfully to a receptive, energetic audience. With matching jackets, the duo displayed their eccentric vibes throughout the night. Tasteful hooks infused with dabbles of pop-rock hymns and riffs. Tracks such as “Tell Me Tell Me” and “Stop for Nothing” made their way into the setlist, catapulting the night to a new level.
Promptly around 9:45 PM, Michael Angelakos and his band of three took the stage in a commanding manner. Beginning their set confined by darkness, the band elected to perform “I’ll Be Alright”, which instantly brought both the crowd and the lights to full blast. Sporting his trademark tight button up shirt with a skinny tie, Angelakos gracefully moved across the stage as if he was possessed by a happy-go-lucky spirit.
“Sleepyhead”, one of Passion Pit’s all-time played tracks arrived second on the band’s setlist. Contrary to the song’s title, the track brought everyone to their feet and beyond. The whimsical song’s purple and white lighting cues were accelerated by Angelako’s high-pitched yet perfectly in tune voice.
Passion Pit closed the evening with a two-song encore, the first being “Constant Conversations” and the second “Take A Walk”, a fan favorite.
Even though rumors of Passion Pit calling it quits have surfaced, Saturday’s performance will surely attempt to convince Michael and his band otherwise.
Passion Pit Setlist:
I’ll Be Alright
Eyes as Candles
Where the Sky Hangs
Smile Upon Me
Lifted Up (1985)
To Kingdom Come
Cry Like A Ghost
Take A Walk