Passion Pit is the title of a well-known porno film. However, members of the Indie Rock group, Passion Pit, claimed they had no prior knowledge of the flick when they formed in '07. Actually, the term "passion pit" is also slang for drive-in theaters where teens make out.
Passion Pit originally consisted of Berklee College of Music students and Michael Angelakos, who went to nearby Emerson, also located on Boston's Boylston Street. Bassist Jeff Apruzzese and drummer Nate Donmoyer joined in '08 before Passion Pit issued their "Chunk Of Change" EP. The group was named "Best New Local Act in 2008" in a music poll conducted by WFNX, a local radio station.
Passion Pit released their full-length debut, "Manners," in '09. Lead single, "The Reeling" went to #34 on the Billboard Alternative Songs chart becoming the highest charting single from the album. However, "Let Your Love Grow Tall" was heard on the TV show Ugly Betty and "To Kingdom Come" was used in the Rhapsody commercial for its iPhone application. "Moth's Wings" was featured in TV shows (including CW teen drama Gossip Girl), the film Life As We Know It, and as a background theme for Sky Sports' coverage of the UEFA Champions League.
Xander Singh (synthesizer/samples) replaced Ayad Al Adhamy in '12. That same year, Passion Pit issued their sophomore full length effort, "Gossamer."
In July, following the release "Constant Conversations," the third single from "Gossamer," the group announced via their website that they'd suspended their tour so Angelakos could seek ongoing treatment for Bipolar Disorder. According to reports, Angelakos was diagnosed at age 17 and had been undergoing therapy, hospital care, and medication ever since.
However, in October, Passion Pit performed "Take A Walk," "Gossamer's" lead single, on Saturday Night Live.
The album was later named one of the Top 50 Albums of 2012 by Rolling Stone magazine - placed at #39.
The magazine had a less favorable response when Passion Pit released their third studio album, "Kindred," in '15. They gave the effort a lukewarm two-and-a-half-stars (out of 5).
Written by Angelakos and recorded in New York City, the album was also co-produced by Angelakos (with longtime collaborators Chris Zane and Alex Aldi, along with Benny Blanco).