Passion Pit ConcertNovember 6, 2011 —
If you were one of the people who arrived at Saturday night’s dance party early, you were treated to We Barbarians’ lively and energetic set. The band started a little before 8:30 and certainly gave the sizeable crowd something to dance to. A handful of students clearly knew the band before they went on and were singing every single lyric with gusto. When We Barbarians launched into a David Burns and Brian Eno cover of “Strange Overtones”, even the people in the bleachers were excited to hear a tune they could all sing to.
The energy We Barbarians gave the crowd was palpable during the 40 minute wait for Passion Pit. Every once in awhile someone would start chanting for Passion Pit or scream excitedly any time he or she thought Passion Pit was coming out. When Michael Angelakos started in on the first few notes of “Moth’s Wings,” literally everyone started in on the lyrics with him.
It was over everyone singing the “oohs” during “Moth’s Wings” that I decided that no matter what they did, Passion Pit was going to be considered an amazing show. I think everyone left there remembering how easy it was to all have the same experience, because during those “oohs,” everyone in Barton Hall was united.
Passion Pit then went through other standouts of their career with “Make Light,” “The Reeling,” and “Better Things” before treating the crowd to a new song called “American Blood.” But it wasn’t this new song that really stood out from the rest of the set. After a couple more songs, Angelakos presented the crowd with an idea. We would dance with them and then they would know we liked this newly birthed though unnamed track. Needless to say, if Passion Pit got 5000 kids dancing with the beat of the song, the success of their next album seems assured.
The physical exertion that Angelakos kept alluring to, with his sweat issues, is something that everyone felt. We all left there tired from all the dancing, simply because we couldn’t help ourselves but DANCE. And during the last song “Little Secrets,” the energy that the entire crowd had been living on was suddenly renewed and we danced even more than before.