Passion Pit was in town for three sold out nights at the 9:30 Club last week. I caught their last show on Tuesday. Needless to say that after having to go to Baltimore to catch their last tour, I was very pleased to see them closer to home this time around.
Wild Belle opened the show. The female-fronted group had a vaguely calypso vibe. They were fairly mellow (and thus slightly out of place at a Passion Pit show) but I did enjoy their occasional saxophone solo.
The next band was much better. Youngblood Hawke hit the stage with buckets of energy. They really got the crowd amped up. They have two main vocalists – one male, one female. So the harmonies were great and they utilized LOTS of percussion. I’d see them again in a heartbeat.
Passion Pit kicked things off with “Take a Walk” then moved into “The Reeling.” Up next was “Carried Away” which translates better to a live show than “Take a Walk,” though I love both songs on the album. They ended their set with the crowd pleaser “Sleepyhead” (complete with confetti) before returning for a two song encore ending with “Little Secrets.” The only bummer for me was that they didn’t do their Cranberries cover. Otherwise the set was near perfect, and a good balance between content on Gossamer and Manners. The energy at the club was rocking and the dancing during “Little Secrets” was up there for the most crowd participation that I’ve ever seen at the venue. DC loves them some Passion Pit.
BYT has pictures from the first show in DC here.