Passion Pit – Take A Walk (Music Video)

Passion Pit is an American electropop band from Cambridge, Massachusetts, 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, with the exception of Angelakos, attended the Berklee College of Musicin Boston. History Name The band culled their name […]

Passion Pit is an American electropop band from Cambridge, Massachusetts, 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, with the exception of Angelakos, attended the Berklee College of Musicin Boston.

History

Name

The band culled 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 band shares its name with a pornographic film made in the 1980s, starring Traci Lords. Members of the band say they have been asked repeatedly if that film is what inspired their name but they weren’t even aware of its existence until the year after their formation.

Formation

The first Passion Pit songs, which would later become the Chunk of Change EP, were written by Angelakos as a belated Valentine’s Day gift to his then-girlfriend. At first, he wrote and performed all his material alone using a laptop. After one of his 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.They formed a group that consisted of Angelakos, Hultquist, Ayad Al Adhamy, Thom Plasse (bass), and Adam Lavinsky (drums). The band spent a considerable amount of time trying to flesh out a collaborative format and structure that would work best for them. Jeff Apruzzese and Nate Donmoyer joined the band shortly after they signed to Frenchkiss in 2008, replacing Plasse and Lavinsky, respectively.

2007–09: Chunk of Change

The band’s debut EP, Chunk of Change, was released on September 16, 2008.The first four tracks were those that Angelakos had written as a gift for his girlfriend, which had already become popular throughout the Emerson College campus, where Angelakos was attending classes at the time, and had been passing out his own, self-produced copies. Two tracks, “Sleepyhead” and “Better Things”, were added for the commercial release of the EP. The same year of their debut EP’s release, the band was chosen as “Best New Local Act in 2008” in the WFNX/Boston Phoenix best music poll.

The first and only single to be released from the EP, “Sleepyhead”, received a good deal of exposure through its use in numerous media campaigns and advertisements, while the video for the song, directed by The Wilderness, was included onPitchfork‘s Top 40 Music Videos of 2008 list. The song contains samples of “Óró Mo Bháidín” by Irish singer and harpist Mary O’Hara.

Other songs from the EP received some exposure as well. “Cuddle Fuddle” was featured in E4‘s second series of The Inbetweeners and “I’ve Got Your Number” was used in an advertisement for the cash card from O2Money in the UK.

2009–11: Manners

The band’s first full-length studio album, Manners, was released on May 18, 2009 in the UK and May 19, 2009 in the United States and Canada.In celebration, the band played their record release party on the 18th in New York City on a Rocks Off boat cruise.In a preview article, ClashMusic.com commented that the album “has every chance to rank as one of the year’s best” and that “it reveals additional nuances with each visit: a sure-fire sign of an album with true longevity”.

In order to obtain a specific background vocal accompaniment the band was looking for on Manners, Passion Pit enlisted the help of the PS22 chorus, who recorded vocals in-studio for three of the album’s songs: “The Reeling“, “Little Secrets“, and “Let Your Love Grow Tall.” “The Reeling” was the first single to be released from the album and found success on the Billboard Alternative Songs chart in the fall of 2009, where it peaked at number 34 in October and “Little Secrets” was the third single to be released and had success on the chart as well, topping out at number 39. “Let Your Love Grow Tall” was never released as a single but had some exposure being used in the sixteenth episode of the fourth season of the TV seriesUgly Betty.

The album’s second single, “To Kingdom Come“, was used in the Rhapsody commercial for its iPhone application.

“Sleepyhead” was the only track from Chunk of Change to be included on the album and was made available from iTunes for free as a discovery download in 2009. The song continued to receive additional exposure through its appearances in advertisements. It was used in a season 3 episode of the teen-drama, Skins and most recently in the debut trailer for LittleBigPlanet 2,[15] which led to the band’s increased popularity amongst fans and players of the game, who eventually created an in-game instrumental version of the song.

The song “Moth’s Wings” was used in the fourth episode of the third season of the CW teen drama Gossip Girl and in the closing credits of episode 36 of HBO‘s Big Love. It appeared in the FIFA 10 video game and was featured in the film Life As We Know It, starring Katherine Heigl and Josh Duhamel. Additionally, the track has been used as a background theme for Sky Sports’ coverage of the UEFA Champions League and as the music for a dance routine in Episode 5, Season 8, of the US television show So You Think You Can Dance (United States), which received a standing ovation from the show’s judges.

In June 2009, the band performed at the Glastonbury Festival 2009 in Pilton, Somerset, England, where they dedicated the final song of their set to festival headliner Jarvis Cocker, who was to perform on the same stage later that same day.Afterwards, NME, while favorably reviewing Passion Pit’s performance, incorrectly reported the band as having dedicated their entire set to Cocker.

On April 13, 2010, the band reissued Manners in a deluxe edition format which contained new artwork and three additional tracks: stripped-down versions of “Sleepyhead” and “Moth’s Wings” and a cover of The Cranberries‘ song “Dreams“. The deluxe release coincided with the extension of their North American headlining tour.

The band released another cover in June 2010, this time offering up their take on The Smashing Pumpkins hit song “Tonight, Tonight” as part of a promotion with Levi’s called “Pioneer Sessions”.

In September 2010, Passion Pit toured with the English band Muse as their opening act for eight shows during their fall tour through parts of the U.S.Following those supporting shows, the band headlined the Campus Consciousness Tour, produced by Pretty Polly Productions in collaboration with Guster guitarist Adam Gardner‘s non-profit organization Reverb. The two-week tour featured stops at twelve college campuses and, in addition to the music, focused on promoting eco-friendly lifestyles. Opening acts for the tour included Black Joe Lewis & the Honeybears and K. Flay.

2011–present: Gossamer

In an August 2010 interview with NME, Angelakos stated that work had already begun on the follow-up to Manners and that the band intended to release the album in the spring of 2011.He then said that it will be released early in 2012,[citation needed] and finally that the release date was July 24.

On April 24, 2012, Angelakos announced the title of the album, Gossamer, and that it will be released on July 24th, 2012.

On May 7, the first track from Gossamer was released, called “Take a Walk”.

On June 12, the second track from Gossamer was released, called “I’ll Be Alright.” The tracked leaked early on June 11th and was released as an NME premiere on June 8.

On July 9, a third track from Gossamer, called “Constant Conversations”, was reviewed and featured as “best new track” by Pitchfork. It was released with the review as streamed content.

Gossamer was officially released on July 20, 2012.

 

Discography

Studio albums

Year Album details Peak chart positions
US
[26]
AUS
[27]
BEL (WA)
[28]
FRA
[29]
NZ
[30]
UK
[31]
2009 Manners

51 19 98 123 55
2012 Gossamer

  • Released: July 20, 2012
  • Label: Columbia
  • Formats: CD, LP, digital download
4 12 31 56

EPs

Singles

Year Song Peak chart positions Album
US US
Alt.
US
Rock
AUS BEL (FL) CAN
Alt.
UK
2008 Sleepyhead[A] 102 Manners
2009 The Reeling 34 99
To Kingdom Come
Little Secrets 39 48
2012 “Take a Walk” 99 15 27 77 30 Gossamer
“I’ll Be Alright”
“Constant Conversations”

Remixes

Year Original artist Song
2009 Gotye Learnalilgivinanlovin
Marina and the Diamonds I Am Not a Robot
Phoenix 1901
“Love Like a Sunset”
Yeah Yeah Yeahs Heads Will Roll
2010 ARMS “Heat & Hot Water”
Dan Black Symphonies
Chairlift Bruises
Lady Gaga featuring Beyoncé Telephone
OK Go This Too Shall Pass
Paper Route “Tiger Teeth”
Katy Perry featuring Snoop Dogg California Gurls
Ra Ra Riot “Ghost Under Rocks”
Shout Out Louds “Fall Hard”
Tegan and Sara “Alligator”
The Ting Tings Hands
Tokyo Police Club “Wait Up (Boots of Danger)”
Max Tundra “Which Song”
Two Door Cinema Club Undercover Martyn
The Smashing Pumpkins Tonight, Tonight
2011 Beastie Boys Make Some Noise
Bruno Mars Grenade
Cold War Kids Mine Is Yours


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