Passion Pit at the Electric Factory

The Electric Factory was probably an appropriate place for Passion Pit to play last night — at least in name. The band’s performance was, itself, electrifying. And of course, the band is often categorized as “electropop.” From the moment the band took the stage, lead singer Michael Angelakos channeled all the electro-chemical impulses in his body and fused them with the electronic admixture of synthetic and acoustic instruments to create an extremely energetic set. Angelakos is, himself, a very passionate performer, although that has nothing to do with the origin of  the band’s name (It comes from the Variety Slanguage Dictionary’s term for drive-in theaters). And his musical chemistry with the rest of the band is evident. Passion Pit opened with “Take a Walk,” the first track from the new album Gossamer. They followed that up with two from the debut full-length album, Manners: “The Reeling” and “To Kingdom Come.” The rest of the set consisted of alternating pairs of songs from the Passion Pit’s two full-length albums, with one song (“Live To Tell The Tale”) from the 2008 EP, Chunk of Change. Seeing Passion Pit live is worth it in every way. Here are a few photos I shot for the City Paper (click on any one to view the entire gallery):

Passion Pit performing at the Electric Factory in Philadelphia, November 29, 2012. (Dave Tavani)

Passion Pit performing at the Electric Factory in Philadelphia, November 29, 2012. (Dave Tavani)

Passion Pit performing at the Electric Factory in Philadelphia, November 29, 2012. (Dave Tavani)

Passion Pit performing at the Electric Factory in Philadelphia, November 29, 2012. (Dave Tavani)

Passion Pit performing at the Electric Factory in Philadelphia, November 29, 2012. (Dave Tavani)

Passion Pit performing at the Electric Factory in Philadelphia, November 29, 2012. (Dave Tavani)

Passion Pit performing at the Electric Factory in Philadelphia, November 29, 2012. (Dave Tavani)