Passion Pit Biography
The Electro-Pop outfit Passion Pit is the brainchild of singer + keyboardist & songwriter Michael Angelakos. In 2007 he wrote and recorded the entire "The Chunk Of Change" EP by himself, a 6-track set which was originally put together as a Valentine's Day present to Angelakos girlfriend which then prompted him to give it out to friends and fellow students at Emerson College in Boston, Massachusetts USA.
With the EP official unmixed/mastered pressing in tow, Angelakos and the ever-evolving Passion Pit band play to a sold-out crowd at New York's Bowery Ballroom. Frenchkiss Records eventually took notice and re-issued "The Chunk Of Change" with two bonus tracks in the fall of 2008.
Playing as a five-piece live, Passion Pit soon captivated audiences
opening up for Death Cab For Cutie.
The band, which is also composed of Ian Hultquist on keyboards + guitar, Ayad Al Adhamy on synth + samples, Jeff Apruzzese on bass and Nate Donmoyer on drums, had its first proper full-length album, "Manners", in spring 2009. It debuted into the top 10 of the U.S. Top Independent Albums chart and went a bit beyond the top 50 of the all-genre Billboard 200 list while the main single, "The Reeling", peaked at #34 on The Alternative Songs chart.
Passion Pit's second album, "Gossamer", arrived in July 2012 peaking at #4 on The Billboard 200 and the first single, "Take A Walk", became a top 5 smash on Alternative stations.