Music: Passion Pit with Cults

Passion Pit’s profile has expanded rapidly since forming a few years back, moving from frontman Michael Angelakos’ one-man bedroom project to a major-label five-piece with gigs at massive summer f

Passion Pit’s profile has expanded rapidly since forming a few years back, moving from frontman Michael Angelakos’ one-man bedroom project to a major-label five-piece with gigs at massive summer festivals like Coachella. The buzz surrounding the Boston-based band’s ascent took a toll on Angelakos, who was diagnosed with bipolar disorder at age 18 and who has only recently begun to admit how much it has impacted him and his band. 

On a creative level, it has revealed itself in a curiously divergent way: Passion Pit’s jaunty Electro Pop and Angelakos’ perpetually high-pitched vocals belie troubling subject matter that ranges from relatively common stuff like love-life problems and family issues to darker concerns like depression and substance abuse. On a practical level, Angelakos’ mental health issues have resulted in a slew of cancelled gigs, arduous recording sessions and a general anxiety about the band’s future.

It’s also yielded some exhilarating live shows.


Passion Pit plays with Cults 8 p.m. Wednesday at the Madison Theater in Covington. (The show was moved from the U.S. Bank Arena.) $33. madisontheateronline.com.