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Passion Pit

Michael Angelakos of Passion Pit performing live
Background information
Origin Cambridge, Massachusetts, U.S.A
Genres electronica, alternative dance, wonky pop
Years active 2007–present
Labels Frenchkiss Records
Columbia UK
Website Official Website
Michael Angelakos
Ian Hultquist
Ayad Al Adhamy
Jeff Apruzzese
Nate Donmoyer
Former members
Thom Plasse
Adam Todd Lavinsky

Passion Pit is an American electronic band from Cambridge, Massachusetts. Formed in 2007[1], the group consists of Michael Angelakos of Buffalo (lead vocals/keyboards), Ian Hultquist (keyboards/guitar), Ayad Al Adhamy (synth/samples), Jeff Apruzzese (bass/synth bass) and Nate Donmoyer (drums).





The slang Passion Pit is derived from traditional Variety-speak used in the Hollywood industry publication. The trade used the slang to refer to drive-in theatres, because of their privacy and romantic allure for teenagers.[2]


Passion Pit was originally formed as a solo project in late 2007 by Michael Angelakos in his Emerson dorm room. The songs, which would later become the Chunk of Change EP, were written as a Valentine's Day gift to his then girlfriend. Angelakos wrote and performed all of these songs on his laptop. After a solo show in the Boston area, Berklee College of Music student, Ian Hultquist, approached Angelakos to form a live band with the material Angelakos had at the time.[3] Together, they formed a group that included Angelakos, Ian Hultquist (synth), Ayad Al Adhamy (synth), Thom Plasse (bass), and Adam Todd Lavinsky (drums). After signing to Frenchkiss in 2008, the band dropped Lavinsky and Plasse and replaced them with Nate Donmoyer and Jeff Apruzzese, respectively. [4]

Chunk of Change (2007–2008)

The band's debut EP Chunk of Change was released on September 16, 2008.[5] The first four tracks were an anniversary gift from Angelakos to his then-girlfriend that became popular throughout Emerson College, which Angelakos was attending. Tracks 5 and 6, "Sleepyhead" and "Better Things," were added to the commercial release.[6] The song "Sleepyhead" contains samples of the song "Óró Mo Bháidín" by Irish singer and harpist Mary O'Hara.[7] "Sleepyhead" has gained media exposure through its use in a US Palm Pixi advertisement, a Canadian PSP advertisement, a commercial for comedy movies in the U.K., as well as in MTVs 'What the Flip?' campaign.[8] Pitchfork Media included the "Sleepyhead" music video, directed by The Wilderness, in its top 40 music videos of 2008 list. "Sleepyhead" was also used as the music in Five USA/Fiver Promo – Seriously Funny Movies Advert in 2009.[9]

On February 24, 2009, the American iTunes store released "Sleepyhead" as a discovery download song.

Following the band's exposure on the BBC's Sound of 2009, Sleepyhead has started to receive airplay on NME TV in the UK.

Sleepyhead is also used as the title theme song for Max and Jason: Still Up on Current TV.

Manners (2009–present)

The band's first full-length studio album, Manners, was released on May 18, 2009 in the UK and May 19, 2009 in the United States and Canada.[10] In celebration, the band played their record release party on the 18th in New York City on a Rocks Off boat cruise.[11] In a preview article, commented that the album "has every chance to rank as one of the year’s best" and that "it reveals additional nuances with each visit: a sure-fire sign of an album with true longevity".[12]

The album's single "The Reeling" was a surprise success on the Billboard Alternative Songs chart in the Fall of 2009, where it peaked at #34 in October[13].

The song "Sleepyhead" from the album has appeared in several ads, including Top Gear [14] advertisements in Australia, and most notably in spots for the Palm Pixi [15]. Also, the song appeared in a PSP Canada advertisement[16]. It was also used in a season 3 episode of the Channel 4 teen-drama, Skins.

The song "Moth's Wings" was used in a season 3 episode of the CW teen-drama Gossip Girl, as well as the video game FIFA 10 and the closing credits of Episode 36 of HBO's Big Love.

The PS22 chorus sang background vocals on the songs "The Reeling", "Little Secrets", "Let Your Love Grow Tall".



Year Album details Chart peak positions
2009 Manners 55[17] 51[18] 19[19]


Year Title Peak positions Album
2008 "Sleepyhead" 105 71 9 Chunk of Change (EP)
2009 "The Reeling" 34 99 Manners
"To Kingdom Come"
"Little Secrets" 39 48



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