Passion Pit and Matt & Kim - The Paramount - Tuesday, March 6"/>
Kim Schifino knows the people of Seattle are tired of hearing how good the coffee is here. But it didn't stop her from getting all sorts of passionate about the topic on stage at the Paramount Tuesday night.
"I went so fucking hard on the espresso today."
Which - when seeing her and bandmate/boyfriend Matt Johnson on stage - makes complete sense. It had to be the excessive amounts of caffeine keeping this pair singing and dancing and jumping across the stage in advance of Passion Pit's headlining performance.
Matt & Kim like to party in the simplest form of the word: budweisers in hand, dancing around the stage - Kim mounting her drum kit at any opportunity, shaking her ass before walking across the hands of adoring fans.
The power-pop act played a handful of new cuts as well as crowd favorites "Daylight" and "Good Ol' Fashion Nightmare," whilst mixing their set with old school hip-hop samples that had the crowd singing, sweating and shimmying along. An ante only upped when the duo segued into their own take on the "Harlem Shake."
Selling out a show in mostly any city can be a difficult task for bands. We listen, we love you, we can't afford your ticket. Which is why last night's show with Passion Pit - who've come through Seattle four times in the last seven months - seemed like even more of a big deal.
Known for their electric live show, the Boston-born act pulled out all the stops for their headlining gig - ripping through an hour and a half set that found them continuing the dance party jump-started by openers Matt & Kim.
Led by frontman Michael Angelakos' soaring falsetto, Passion Pit's raw, electro-pop sound takes on a more jazzy, soul-infused feel in the live setting, something you can attribute as much to Angelakos' passion on stage as the crowd's excited reaction to each song.
Like many of the tracks on Tuesday night, "Eyes As Candles," off 2009's Manners, turned sing-a-long, especially during the catchy "Na na na na na na, hey hey hey" parts - a response that had Angelakos dipping the mic generously into the crowd.
Passion Pit's fans have changed a bit since the release their sophomore effort, the catchy, pop-friendly Gossamer. And while last night's fandom seemed to trade a large portion of cult-following college kids for a swarm of teeny boppers, you can likely credit this to the massive popularity of one song this year - the infectious "Take A Walk."
As the opening notes skirted across the stage, it was evident that there was no need for excessive caffeine in the room - just pure adrenaline. The beat dropped, the room exploded, and a wave of bodies washed in purple-pink lights rolled on.