What do you normally get or give as a gift for Valentine’s Day? Flowers? Chocolates? Teddy bears? A card? Well if your name is Michael Angelakos then its none of the above. Instead of the usual gimmicky, tacky stuff this guy went and wrote six tracks for his band, and the result was Chunk of Change.
So the story goes that Angelakos began to spread the EP around amongst friends, in a casual, laid back manner, and it seemed to grow and grow in popularity. A couple of listens to the tracks and its no surprise why. Given the current mix of creative flair and technology that makes it so easy to share ones life these days, its no mean feat that these guys have made it this far. Its your first clue that there is something special going on here.
A brilliant little collection of synthy, catchy hooks, Chunk of Change has a great back story that also delivers memorable tracks. Its hard to use the word original these days, but that is what comes to mind when describing these guys. You could draw parallels to MGMT and you wouldn’t be wrong, but you wouldn’t be right. They both have an electronic feel to their sound, but Passion Pit have a really interesting mix of synthesizer sounds, and you could be mistaken for thinking the vocals are from a female, but no that is the sound of front man Angelakos. As if he didn’t have enough going for him, this guy also sports a fetching afro and can interact with the crowd, as I witnessed at Whelan’s a few weeks ago. They play at The Academy on 7th May, and I plan to be there.
Sleepyhead is the online fan favourite, my own favourite is I’ve Got Your Number, but all six tracks are worth a listen. The new single is The Reeling – three listens and I was hooked. Their new album, Manners, is out on 18th May (UK) and 19th May (US) and it promises to be a doozy. They also have no dates booked for the Oxegen weekend or the Benicassim week, so fingers crossed.
Check them out on MySpace, where they have posted Sleepyhead, I’ve Got Your Number and The Reeling for your listening pleasure.