Passion Pit and Galantis join forces for ‘I FOUND U’

Hello and welcome back Passion Pit!

On Wednesday (May 15), the Massachusetts-founded band unleashed their first new song in two years. Titled “I FOUND U,” the latest track features electo-pop outfit Galantis. Listen to the almost three-and-a-half-minute track above.

“I FOUND U” is Passion Pit’s first new song since the release of their fourth studio album 2017’s Tremendous Sea of Love. Shortly after the record’s release, frontman Michael Angelakos announced that the band would be taking some time off.

While the group did tour in 2018, Angelakos has been open about his mental illness and even revealed that the real motive for the group’s touring stemmed from the need to make money to cover his medical costs.

“I need money to be able to afford my treatments, to be able to afford the myriad costs of living with my disorder that have nearly ruined me,” Angelakos said in an interview with the Independent in early 2018.

Things seem to be a little better, and the group is back on the road celebrating a momentous occasion; the tenth anniversary of their debut album, Manners. Tonight, the act will perform at the Riviera Theatre in Chicago. The tour concludes in a couple of weeks on May 25 in Washington D.C. at the Anthem.

Manners was released in May 2009 and catapulted the band to one of the indie world’s biggest darlings. Manners included several hit songs for the group including “The Reeling,” “Sleepyhead,” and “Little Secrets.”

Upon its release, the album earned mostly favorable reviews and peaked at the number 51 spot on the Billboard 200 chart and the number eight spot on the US Independent Albums chart.

Activision Unveil More ‘Guitar Hero Live’ Bands

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Months after announcing the resurrection of the once beloved game, the company behind “Guitar Hero” is back to announce even more additions the upcoming video game.

Previously, Activision had revealed that bands like Of Mice & Men, Deftones, Bring Me the Horizon, Pierce the Veil, Fall Out Boy, and My Chemical Romance would be feature on the game with a lot more to be unveiled in the upcoming months before the game’s release.

Today (Aug. 5), Activision has kept their promise and released the identities of even more artists to be features on “Guitar Hero Live’s” track list. English band You Me at Six, newcomers Echosmith, Panic! at the Disco, and Blink-182 are just some bands who have been added to the already packed list.

Check out the list of the newly added artists below.

GUITAR HERO LIVE NEWLY ADDED TRACK LIST (08/05/15):

You Me At Six – “Lived a Lie”
Blink-182 – “The Rock Show”
Echosmith – “Cool Kids”
​Panic! At the Disco – “Girls/Girls/Boys”
Royal Blood – “Come on Over”
Megadeth – “Hangar 13”
In Flames – “Deliver Us”
Boston – “More Than a Feeling”
Rush – “Limelight”
Kasabian – “Club Foot”
Dream Theater – “The Looking Glass”
Charlie XCX – “Famous”
Passion Pit – “Take a Walk”
James Bay – “Hold Back The River”
MGMT – “Time to Pretend”
Kings of Leon – “Sex on Fire”

“Guitar Hero Live” is set to be released on Oct. 20, 2015 and will be available for Xbox One, Xbox 360, Playstation 4, Playstation 3, Wii U, and mobile devices.

Lipton Tea to Launch ‘Be More Tea’ Festival

It seems like every year, we see the creation of more and more music festivals which to music fans like ourselves, is a pretty great thing.

Today, Lipton Tea announced they would be putting their hat into the music festival ring this year with their inaugural Be More Tea Festival.

The beverage brand’s festival will take place in North Charleston, S.C. at the Riverfront Park on Oct.24. The company hopes to inspire attendees to “Be More Tea,” the brand’s philosophy that encourages people to take time to engage with others and enjoy the world around them as well as celebrate their 125th anniversary.

Yes, that yellow box of tea you currently have in the back of your cabinet is turning 125 this year.

With the announcement, the beverage company has also revealed the first handful of artists slated to take the stage at the one day festivities. Jimmy Fallon house group The Roots, festival staple Passion Pit, Top 100 darlings Walk the Moon, and St. Lucia will all be making the trip to South Carolina this Fall for the event.

According to Melanie Watts, Lipton’s director of marketing, the festival will include one main, continuous festival stage as well as a neighborhood block party-meets-carnival vibe with “food, attractions, games, and rides.”

The one day party will also offer attendees different tea-based tasting booths that will highlight their products including their top-selling hot teas to their recently launched Lipton Sparkling Iced Tea. Watts also hinted they there will be some “fun tea-based cocktails.”

Do we smell their own version of a Long Island Iced Tea on the menu?

In honor of all the celebration, Lipton is also hosting the Be More Tea Sweepstakes. The sweepstakes will award 125 tea drinkers, and guests, trips to the music festival. The sweepstakes began on May 18 and will wrap up 125 days later on Sept. 19. For more information about the sweepstakes or to just enter, head on over to the Be More Tea Festival website.

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Passion Pit “Let’s Go” in New Song

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Passion Pit’s upcoming album is just a couple of weeks away from being released and the band have been doing a good job of giving fans some new tracks, but still keeping the rest of the tracks hidden.

As of now, they have only released two full song from the album, “Lifted Up (1985)” and “Where the Sky Hangs,” and today, they added a third one to the list; a song titled “Until We Can’t (Let’s Go).”

The track made its debut on NPR earlier in the day and is currently being streamed over there. To listen to the track, click here.

Along with the song, the publication got the opportunity to speak (via email) to Passion Pit frontman Michael Angelakos, about the new single and his inspiration behind it. Angelakos said he wrote the song when nothing was going right and needed to blame it on someone or something. Apparently, he decided to blame everything on the apartment he and the band were staying in.

“In this case, our apartment started seeming so … off. It’s the apartment! It’s the apartment’s fault! We can’t do ANYTHING in here. And the rent is ridiculous! And it’s not us, or the 8,000 other things happening that are totally stressful and annoying and easy to forget when we’ve got such a terrible apartment like this — rest assured!

Everyone can lay off, because the grass is indeed very much greener on the other damn side. No, I don’t know where the other side [is], but we’ll figure it out. We’ll figure it out maybe, I don’t know, in a few weeks. Honestly, I can’t plan that far ahead. Everything will be awesome once we move; let’s just get out of here … at some point, I don’t know.”

Kindred is due out on April 21 through Columbia. Until then, you can check out the tracklist for the album below.

KINDRED TRACKLIST:

1. “Lifted Up (1985)”
2. “Whole Life Story”
3. “Where the Sky Hangs”
4. “All I Want”
5. “Five Foot Ten (I)”
6. “Dancing on the Grave”
7. “Until We Can’t (Let’s Go)”
8. “Looks Like Rain”
9. “My Brother Taught Me How to Swim”
10. “Ten Feet Tall (II)”

Passion Pit Take Us to the Club with New Music Video

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It’s been over a month since we’ve heard anything from Passion Pit, aside from them announcing a handful of tour dates, but now the band are back with a brand new music video.

The music video which was directed by  Phil Andelman, features frontman Michael Angelakos in the ever ending crowds of people inside of a night club. The club has tons of strobe lights and glow sticks going on so you can feel like you’re actually part of the craziness going on inside those four walls.

Warning, the video contains a lot of strobe lights and glow sticks (since you know, it’s suppose to mimic a night club), so if you’re affected by either things, don’t watch it.

Kindred, the band’s upcoming new album, will be released on April 17 through Columbia Records. Pre-orders for the record are currently available on their website. For those who pre-order the album, they will receive instant downloads of  both lead singles “Lifted Up (1985)” and “Where the Sky Hangs.”

Passion Pit Show Us “Where the Sky Hangs”

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Another day, another new Passion Pit song has been unveiled.

Following yesterday’s big reveal, the band have released yet another new song from their upcoming new album Kindred.

The new song is titled “Where the Sky Hangs” which was release as an instant download for fans of the band who decided to pre-order the upcoming record.

Check out the video for the new song which like “Lifted Up (1985)” features the album’s art in motion. If you had been one of the many people following the group’s cryptic videos over the past month or so, you will recognize not only the imagine in the video but also the rhythm of the song.

Kindred will be released on April 17 through Columbia Records while pre-orders for the record are already available on their website. Like stated before, if you pre-order the album, you will receive instant downloads of  “Lifted Up (1985)” and “Where the Sky Hangs.”

Passion Pit Unveil New Single, Album Release Date

After weeks of teasing fans with cryptic posts on social media and short, non-informative videos, Passion Pit have finally felt some pity for their followers and decided to release the first full track off of the upcoming new record, Kindred.

The new song is titled “Lifted Up (1985)” and can be streamed below in the video which features the cover art for Kindred in motion.

If the new video wasn’t enough of a gift, the band have also released the full track listing for the record as well as the release date. Kindred will be released on April 17 through Columbia Records.

Pre-orders for the record will begin tomorrow, Feb. 17. Those who pre-order the record early, will receive “Lifted Up” and “Where the Sky Hangs” as instant downloads.

Not too shabby for Monday.

KINDRED TRACK LISTING:

01. “Lifted Up (1985)”

02. “Whole Life Story”

03. “Where the Sky Hangs”

04. “All I Want”

05. “Five Foot Ten (I)”

06. “Dancing on the Grave”

07. “Until We Can’t (Let’s Go)”

08. “Looks Like Rain”

09. “My Brother Taught Me How to Swim”

10. “Ten Feet Tall (II)”

Passion Pit Tease Fans with Another Short, Cryptic Video

Passion Pit are at it again, dropping hints about their upcoming new album in the most minimalist way possible.

Last week, the band had their fans decode some Morse code which ended up being some lyrics to a new song. After that, they unveiled a short video, giving those excited fans a tiny taste of a new song. Now, they’re at it once again.

Today, the synthy-band decided to keep up with their cryptic clues by posting a link to a website on Twitter. The website led fans to that appears to be their new band site for all things Kindred, their upcoming new album, hence the actual link, kindredthealbum.com.

As soon as you’re taken to the website, a brand new, never before seen video is on your screen. But don’t get too excited, the video is only eight seconds long, but it does feature what is probably some music from one of the tracks on Kindred. Plus, it appears that the title of the song might be some lyrics from said song; “the piece of it all that I could only hold in.”

Check out the video below.

At least we know a couple of things about the new album; its name and the projected release date which is sometime in April through Columbia Records.

Passion Pit Drop Hints About New Album

Good news if you’ve been waiting around two years or so for a new Passion Pit album; new music is headed your way.

Taking to Twitter, over the last month, Passion Pit have been posting normal studio pictures when all of a sudden things took a turn for the cryptic last night when they posted a weird picture of what appeared to be Morse code. Thanks to the detective skills of some of their fans, it turned out that the message was “KINDRED I PUT MY HANDS IN THE AIR AND MY KNEES TO THE GROUND.”

The pictures, it turns out, are not the only hints that have been dropped. Over the last couple of months, frontman, Michael Angelakos has dropped several unreleased demos on Soundcloud. Are these some new songs from the upcoming new release? Only Passion Pit knows, apparently.

According to several publications, Kindred is going to be the name of the synth-band’s third studio album due to be released in April through Columbia Records. The music publication have also claimed that the first single, which might be named “Kindred” as well, we’re not sure, will be released in February.

We might not know much more than that, but the one thing we do know is that the band posted a video on YouTube that is only 13 seconds long and features what is probably the first taste at a new song.

Passion Pit Heading Out on North American Tour

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Passion Pit have announced that they will be heading out on a North American tour come this August. The band will be taking along the Joy Formidable for the entire tour, but also have Two Door Cinema Club and St. Lucia on selected dates.

Before beginning on their three-month trek around the United States and Canada, the band will begin with a couple of festival stops including Wisconsin’s Summer Set Music Festival, California’s First City Festival as well as a special, two-day stop in New York City at Pier 26.

For fans who purchased tickets to see them in February at Madison Square Garden, but could not attend due to a blizzard, Passion Pit will be offering  discounted tickets for Pier 26. The band have revealed that all tickets that are sold through the discounted price, will be donated to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.

Passion Pit’s last album, Gossamer, was released in July 2012 through Columbia Records, but just last week they released a pretty cool remix of Portugal. The Man’s “Purple, Yellow, Red and Blue.” The full schedule for the tour can be seen below.

TOUR DATES:

8/10 – Somerset, WI @ Summer Set Music Festival
8/24 – Monterey, CA @ First City Festival
8/30 – Chicago, IL @ North Coast Music Festival
8/31 – Calgary, Canada @ X-Fest
9/1 – Edmonton, Canada @ Sonic Boom Festival
9/3 – Saskatoon, Canada@ The Odeon
9/4 – Winnipeg, Canada @ Garrick Centre
9/6 – New York, NY @ Pier 26
9/7 – New York, NY @ Pier 26
9/8 – Boston, MA @ Boston Calling Festival
9/29 – Charlottesville, VA @ nTelos Wireless Pavilion ^
10/1 – Ashville, NC @ Orange Peel ^
10/2 – Winston-Salem, NC @ Ziggys ^
10/3 – Birmingham, AL @ Iron City ^
10/5 – Austin, TX @ Austin City Limits
10/7 – Wilmington, NC @ Greenfield Lake Amphitheatre ^
10/8 – North Myrtle Beach, SC @ House of Blues ^
10/10 – Atlanta, GA @ Masquerade Music Park ^
10/11 – New Orleans, LA @ The Civic Theatre ^
10/12 – Austin, TX @ Austin City Limits
10/15 – Broomfield, CO @ 1st Bank Center ^
10/16 – Salt Lake City, UT @ The Complex ^
10/18 – Spokane, WA @ Knitting Factory Concert House ^
10/19 – Portland, OR @ Theater of The Clouds
10/21 – Sacramento, CA @ The Theatre at Sleep Train Arena ^
10/22 – San Diego, CA @ Open Air Theatre ^
10/25 – Los Angeles, CA @ Greek Theatre ^
10/26 – Santa Barbara, CA @ Santa Barbara Bowl ^
10/27 – Las Vegas, NV @ Life is Beautiful Festival
10/29 – Kansas City, MO @ The Midland by AMC ^
10/31 – Fairfax, VA @ Patriot Center ^
11/1 – Atlantic City, NJ @ Showboat ^
11/3 – Norfolk, VA @ The Norva ^
11/8 – St. Augustine, FL @ St. Augustine Amphitheater *
11/9 – Tampa, FL @ Coastline Festival
11/10 – West Palm Beach, FL @ Coastline Festival

^ With The Joy Formidable
* With Two Door Cinema Club, The Joy Formidable and St. Lucia