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Passion Pit's Good 'Manners'

Listening to Boston's Passion Pit is a lot like going out dancing; it's easy to get caught up in the music and lose yourself. But the group has more to offer than just catchy hooks. Its brand of shiny electro-pop combines bright, danceable aesthetics with emotionally charged lyrics.

The band first attracted fans after the release of 2008's Chunk of Change EP. Originally recorded by vocalist and keyboardist Michael Angelakos as a Valentine's Day present for his girlfriend, the six-song record took off and became a minor hit. With the help of the track "Sleepyhead," the release picked up steam, attracting attention from outlets such as MTV and the BBC. The exposure paid off, helping the group earn record contracts here and overseas.

The result is Manners, Passion Pit's upbeat and highly danceable new release. Angelakos' falsetto shines through the eclectic sounds provided by keyboardist Ian Hultquist, bassist Jeff Apruzzese, drummer Nate Donmoyer and DJ Ayad Al Adhamy.

This Segment Originally Ran 10/9/09

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