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Interview:
Passion Pit single is music to eat tacos by
 

By GARY GRAFF
for Journal Register Newspapers

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Passion Pit has an advertising hit on its hands with "Take a Walk," the first single from the synthpop group's second album, "Gossamer," providing the soundtrack a some new Taco Bell spots.

The irony of course, is that the song offers all sorts of economic observations and is hardly a clear endorsement of capitalism.

"It is what it is," notes drummer Nate Donmoyer, explaining that the ad "helps us fund stuff like this tour and everything. And as far as the lyrics, when it talks about "the wart of socialist," I'm totally a socialist. I totally support higher taxes on the rich and all that stuff although I know (the song) is being sung in the voice of (a character).

"So there's always little things that you have to just kind of swallow and go on with and hope people understand that it really means -- and if they don't you just have to be happy they like the song, you know?"

And, he adds, the group isn't swimming in free Taco Bell food these days, though he notes that bassist Jeff Apruzzese did ask if Passion Pit could parlay the tie-in into some sort of discount.

"I don't know if that's the healthiest thing to take advantage of," Donmoyer, 25, notes. "If you're eating Taco Bell every day and pulling the bus over every 20 minutes so Jeff can take care of that...I think it's in our best interest to avoid any kind of free-tacos-for-life situation."

"Gossamer" -- which debuted at No. 4 on the Billboard 200 in July -- is primarily the work of frontman Michael Angelakos who wrote the songs and played most of the instruments during the recording process. The other four members of Passion Pit are charged with fleshing them out live, and Donmoyer says they're happy with that arrangement.

"We're genuinely fans of Michael's songwriting, so it makes it easier for us to make it our own," the drummer explains. "It's really fun to do actually. It's not always easy figuring out these things; these recordings sometimes have 130 (instrumental) tracks on them, so figuring out how to play it with five people can be difficult.

"But it's a fun challenge, and we can put our own imprint on them a little bit. It's almost like we're covering ourselves, which is interesting."

Passion Pit, Youngblood Hawke and Hollerado perform Friday, Nov. 2, at the Royal Oak Music Theatre, 318 W. Fourth St. Doors open at 8 p.m. Tickets are sold out. Call (248) 399-2980 or visit www.royaloakmusictheatre.com.

Web Site: www.royaloakmusictheatre.com

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