The Boston Calling Music Festival was held the weekend of September 7th and 8th. Throughout this two-day event, crowds waited patiently to see artists from Kendrick Lamar to Vampire Weekend. But what better finale is there to this exciting concert extravaganza than Cambridge’s own Passion Pit?
Michael, Ian, Xander, Jeff and Nate took the stage as the seemingly endless crowd screamed and proclaimed their love for the indie pop band. As they started playing, the crowd jumped up, down, left and right to the beat. Their flashy, thoughtful background images mixed with the bright moving lights and created an eclectic, soothing aura for those watching. After every song, Michael would wipe his forehead with his sleeve, pump his fist into the air, and exclaim, “Boston, you’re f**king awesome,” to which the crowd would reciprocate those feelings with louder exclamations and cheering.
They mostly played tracks from their two albums, Gossamer and Manners. Some popular songs that they played were “Moth’s Wings”, “Carried Away”, “I’ll Be Alright” and “Take a Walk”. At the end of the set, Michael threw the synth bench to the ground. Their final encore song was “Little Secrets,” by far one of their most popular songs.
All in all, I thoroughly enjoyed my first Passion Pit concert. Waiting for two hours, getting pushed by people trying to make their way to the front, and getting crushed by unexpected crowd surfers thrown your way seemed worth it in the end. The grooving synth and Michael’s falsetto vocals created an earthy, addicting texture that the crowd greedily fed off of. Passion Pit has very dedicated fans and I believe I am now one of them.