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Interview:
Passion Pit Worked Hard To Find Its Sound
 

By GARY GRAFF
of the Oakland Press

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Passion Pit has created a hip little niche for itself thanks to upbeat electropop singles such as “The Reeling” and “Little Secrets.” But making those songs — and others from the Cambridge, Mass., quintet’s catalog work on stage has apparently taken some efforts.

“It took us about six months of touring ... for us to be fully satisfied,” says bassist/keyboardist Jeff Appruzzese. “It’s taken six months of us playing, trial and error, dissecting parts and rearranging songs for a live setting until things came to a cohesiveness that we were satisfied with.

“We wanted to do this (music) tastefully. We never wanted to be a band that relied on backing tracks to be the primary listening source for the band. We wanted to play our songs.”

Appruzzese, 24 — a former music business student at the Berklee College of Music — reports that it’s “smooth sailing” these days for Passion Pit. The group expects to start work on its follow up to 2009’s “Manners,” and even though high-pitched frontman Michael Angelakos, who started Passion Pit as a one-man project, remains the primary creative force, Appruzzese predicts that the rest of the band members will be able to have some input next time out.

“We’re thinking about all getting together when we start working on the next record,” he says. “We’ve definitely grown together as a band — it’s not like a backing band, so to speak. We’ve definitely created what we think is a sound and got to the point where that’s right with all of that input. So (working together) is definitely something we’re looking forward to trying.”



Passion Pit and Tokyo Police Club perform Friday, June 25, at the Royal Oak Music Theatre, 318 W. Fourth St. Doors open at 7 p.m. Tickets are sold out. Call 248-399-2980 or visit www.royaloakmusictheatre.com.



Web Site: www.royaloakmusictheatre.com

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