When I first saw that Passion Pit was hosting a Manners anniversary tour, I knew I had to purchase tickets. By no means am I a hardcore Passion Pit fan. However, I have attached a lot of their songs to several good memories.
Pre-Passion Pit Flutters
My sister, Kaylin, and I drove up to Salt Lake City, blasting some of our Passion Pit favourites to pass the time. During our drive, my mom texted me and asked if we wanted to pick up Chick-Fil-A for everyone. So, we swung around to pick up our order, and continued on our way.
When we got to our parents’ home, we said hello to our family (including my A-Gong, who has been visiting from Taiwan) and caught up on life, enjoying our Chick-Fil-A. Side note: whenever I’m not super hungry, I order kids meals. I was pleasantly surprised at how much ice cream is included in the kids meal at Chick-Fil-A.
After a few hours, it was time to head to the venue in downtown Salt Lake City. Since we were in the area, we took a couple touristy pictures.
Opener: The Beaches
One of my favourite ways to discover new music is to pick up openers for bands I already love. This was definitely the case with the openers for Passion Pit, “The Beaches.”
Moreover, their energy was visibly contagious. Everyone around me in the crowd had a blast dancing around to the songs. I overheard several people exclaiming how great the band was, how awesome they were performing live, and how they were excited to look them up when they got home.
Although I wasn’t dancing much (I tend to have a hard time expressing how much fun I’m having at concerts), I could definitely appreciate the enthusiasm of all four of the band members.
The lead singer was jumping around and dancing; it was honestly impressive how she could still hold her voice so steady. The drummer was going hard, the keyboardist was bouncing up and down, and the guitarist was rocking out as well. It translated well into the audience.
Unsurprisingly, I was in awe for the majority of the concert. Michael Angelakos, the lead singer and general face of Passion Pit, is an amazing performer. Similar to his opening band, he was also running around stage and having fun with his songs.
The name rings true; you could definitely feel the “passion” in “passion pit”.
After playing “Sleepyhead”, Michael said something along the lines of “I’ve been singing this with you for ten years. I don’t even know how– well, I do know how.” Meanwhile, my heart burst a little. He also played hits from Gossamer. Also, nearly all throughout the show, the group of guys next to me were belting out each lyric.
It was a lovely show. There were new fans, old fans, fans of all ages, perhaps some people who weren’t originally fans at all. But everyone had a great night, and you could feel it all around you. It was inspiring.