Passion Pit at Lollapalooza 2012 | Photos and music review
After Metric warmed up the fading crowds at the Bud Light stage, Passion Pit picked up where the Canadians left off. Within seconds of beginning their opening song, “Take a Walk,” girls sprouted up on the shoulders of guys and every hand in the audience leapt up.
“Hello, we’re Passion Pit from Boston!” shouted lead singer Michael Angelakos to much cheer. It quickly became apparent from the sea of neon snapbacks and shirtless guys that Perry’s stage had witnessed a mass migration to check out the New England electropoppers. The energy continued to rise as the group broke into “The Reeling” and its earworm “oh no” chorus. Infectious hooks kept rolling out as Angelakos worked the crowd, even holding the mic stand over the crowd like a boom, encouraging much audience participation. While sweat turned his once crisp button down different shades like a Hypercolor T-shirt, he never faltered in hitting those falsetto pitches while jumping all around. Passion Pit carried on with hits old and new, like “Better Things,” “It’s Not My Fault, I’m Happy” and everyone’s favorite commercial jingle, “Sleepyhead.” After Angelakos picked up a pair of drumsticks for an intense percussion duet, the Bostonians finished their lengthy marathon set with “Little Secrets,” sending the crowd into a frenzied sing-a-long. While their songs may make you feel like you should be at a Yo Gabba Gabba dance party, Passion Pit continues to prove itself a festival staple to please the masses.