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Band News (more headlines) 05-06-2019

Passion Pit Kicks Off Manners 10th Anniversary Tour - Billboard Interview Feature Runs

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May 6, 2019

Passion Pit Kicks Off Manners 10th Anniversary Tour - Billboard Interview Feature Runs

A Cathartic Moment for Founding Member and Frontman Michael Angelakos


NBC – ‘Manners’ was “A full-throated effort about love, despair, confusion, resolve and the romanticism of a wide-eyed 20 year old juxtaposed against buoyant, synth-led electro-pop hooks and its author's otherworldly, glass-shattering falsetto”


In a series of expansive new interview features, Passion Pit’s founding member and frontman Michael Angelakos discusses the band’s new tour marking the 10th Anniversary of their breakthrough debut album, Manners. He comments, “Ten years later, Manners seems to finally feel like the moment that it was: a tectonic shift during the strangest, most defining year of my life.” 

The tour kicked off this week, and an in-depth Billboard interview revealed the anniversary as a cathartic moment for Angelakos:
Billboard – Interview feature
4/30/19 by Dan Hyman
Passion Pit's Michael Angelakos on 'Manners' 10th Anniversary Tour and Taking Time to Heal: 'I've Probably Never Been Better'
https://www.billboard.com/articles/columns/pop/8509336/passion-pit-michael-angelakos-interview-manners-10th-anniversary-tour
 
Read the full interview via the link above. Introduction is as follows:

Amid the excitement and sudden fame that came with Passion Pit’s breakout album, 2009’s Manners, frontman Michael Angelakos was struggling in a major way. He’d been diagnosed with bipolar disorder a few years earlier, at age 18, and in the wake of being thrust in the national spotlight, the singer’s struggles with mental health only intensified. “People don’t understand that it’s not just debilitating; it’s all-encompassing,” he told me in 2012 while touring behind the band’s second album, Gossamer, of his mental health struggles, multiple suicide attempts and the PTSD he faced from childhood. “It’s something you have to work on your entire life.”

Angelakos says he now looks back at that time circa Manners as a difficult but necessary trial. His now-levelheaded view on what was once a near-impossible time period for him to revisit goes a long way in explaining his surprising decision to embark on an 18-date Manners 10th anniversary tour, which kicks off today (April 30) in Tempe, Ariz. Speaking by phone a recent afternoon, Angelakos says, if anything, the decision to celebrate his debut album is due to reaching the point in his life where he -- and he hopes, in turn, his audience -- can assess arguably his most famous work with a clear head. “I was always deriding it and I was always maligning it,” he says of Manners. “But I was young. I was scared out of my mind. There wasn’t a lot of confidence. I just felt like 10 years later a veil would be lifted. I was like, ‘I don’t think I’ve given this record a fair shot.’”


Other key interviews include NBC, Nylon, PopMatters and more. A sampling of coverage follows, with more tour placements available at https://twitter.com/SCPR_NY :

NBC SoundDiego – Interview feature
4/30/19 by Dustin Lothspeich
Passion Pit Reflect on 10 Years of 'Manners'
Ten years after its release, Passion Pit's frontman revisits the painful debut album that changed his life
https://www.nbcsandiego.com/blogs/sounddiego/Little-Secrets-Passion-Pits-Michael-Angelakos-Reflects-on-Manners-10-Year-Anniversary-Electro-Electronic-Pop-Observatory-North-Park-Gossamer-Kindred-Tremendous-Sea-of-Love-San-Diego-Dustin-Lothspeich-SoundDiego-Music-Interview-509272761.html
Full interview via link above. Excerpt: ‘Manners’ was “A full-throated effort about love, despair, confusion, resolve and the romanticism of a wide-eyed 20 year old juxtaposed against buoyant, synth-led electro-pop hooks and its author's otherworldly, glass-shattering falsetto.”

Nylon Magazine – Interview Feature
4/24/19 by Tanner Howard
Passion Pit's Michael Angelakos Talks Touring, Mental Health, And His Music's Surprising Influence
https://nylon.com/passion-pit-michael-angelakos-interview

PopMatters – Interview Feature
4/5/19 by Max Totsky
Passion Pit Are Ready to Hit the High Notes Again
https://www.popmatters.com/passion-pit-2019-interview-2632803273.html

   SF Bay Guardian/48 Hills – Interview Feature
4/29/19 by Daniel Bromfield
https://48hills.org/2019/04/passion-pit-manners/


 

Upon the release of Manners, AllMusic praised, “…thanks to the meticulous production values, the insane catchiness of the hooks, and the pure and true emotional underpinnings below all the gloss, the album is a total success of both sound and vision.”

Michael Angelakos’ commentary about the 10th anniversary of Manners: “One of the greatest challenges for me, has been attempting to listen back to Manners and not relive the terror, confusion, and euphoria that it was so vividly informed by. For most of my life, I’ve ignored or dismissed it as a type of coping mechanism. It always seemed to play back like an audible dream journal I can’t even remember writing. And, the years we spent touring in support of it were never easy, especially in the beginning, as though playing the songs every single night were a form of exposure therapy in front of an audience. Ten years later, Manners seems to finally feel like the moment that it was: a tectonic shift during the strangest, most defining year of my life. To me, and to many of the people closest to the project, Manners has always been the most deeply misunderstood Passion Pit album. Eleven years after I began writing it, and ten more struggling to comprehend it, it suddenly does not seem so frivolous or self-absorbed to celebrate Manners — to celebrate surviving it, to get another chance to shine a certain light on it, but without the fear and the pain that went into making it. I can’t think of a better way of doing so than performing it live, doing both the album and one of the most significant moments of my life, a healthy justice.”

Completed and upcoming dates include:

Date           Venue                                             City, State
4/30/2019    Marquee Theatre                             Tempe, AZ
5/1/2019      The Observatory North Park          San Diego, CA
5/3/2019 Just Like Heaven Fest Long Beach, CA
5/4/2019 Just Like Heaven Fest Long Beach, CA         
5/5/2019      The Masonic                                     San Francisco, CA
5/7/2019      Showbox SoDo                                Seattle, WA
5/8/2019      The Commodore Ballroom              Vancouver, BC
5/9/2019      Roseland Theater                            Portland, OR
5/11/2019    The Complex                                                Salt Lake City, UT
5/12/2019    Ogden Theatre                                 Denver, CO
5/14/2019    Palace Theatre                                 Saint Paul, MN
5/15/2019    Riviera Theater                                 Chicago, IL
5/16/2019    Royal Oak Music Theatre               Royal Oak, MI
5/17/2019    Danforth Music Hall                         Toronto, ON
5/19/2019 Pier 17 at South Street Seaport New York, NY
5/20/2019 The Rapids Theatre Niagara Falls, NY
5/21/2019    Pier 17 at South Street Seaport     New York, NY
5/23/2019    House of Blues                                 Boston, MA
5/24/2019    The Fillmore                                      Philadelphia, PA
5/25/2019    The Anthem                                      Washington, DC

Photo Credit - Jean Claude Billmaier

Passion Pit is managed by David Sonenberg, William Derella and Erica Ramon for DAS Communications, LTD.

Official site: www.passionpitmusic.com
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