Passion Pit Warms Up a Chilly Night at Outside Lands

After dropping sophomore album Gossamer late last month, Massachusetts electro-poppers Passion Pit obviously boasts a slew of new tunes to play live.

At their hour-long set on the Twin Peaks stage at San Francisco’s Outside Lands, Passion Pit dropped several of their latest gems to the delight of a massive crowd that stretched all the way to the neighboring stage.

The lead single, “Take a Walk,” is a step towards a rock-oriented direction in which the band would previously rarely tread.

And while “I’ll Be Alright” features an array of chiming bells that are classic Passion Pit, there was also “Constant Conversations,” frontman and lead-songwriter Michael Angelakos’ most R&B-tinged cut of his Gossamer canon.

Of course, Gossamer, contains its share of upbeat dancers, such as the immediate fan-favorite “Carried Away.”

Even though Gossamer has only been out for a matter of weeks, many in the crowd sang along like the album had been in rotation for years.

Passion Pit made sure to touch on their previous efforts too, namely the Chunk of Change EP and 2009’s Manners.

The biggest jammers came on their breakout hit, the infectious seizure-inducing “Sleepyhead,” and an electric version of “Little Secrets” that had several audience members literally skipping their way across Golden Gate Park to check out Metallica’s headlining performance.

During Passion Pit’s outing, the regular Northern California fog had already begun to roll in.

“Are we gonna warm this place up?” Angelakos asked the crowd.

Passion Pit truly did their job of keeping the crowd moving.


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