REVIEW: Passion Pit stokes fans’ energy at the Fox

Passion Pit

Photos: Chloe Catajan

OAKLAND —  Nearly six months after the release of Tremendous Sea of Love, Passion Pit arrived at the Fox Theater.

The Boston band performed a mix of fast-paced songs from all of its albums that held the audience in rapt attention for the duration of its hour-long set.

Passion Pit

Passion Pit at the Fox Theater in Oakland on Jan. 29, 2018.

Opening with “I’ll Be Alright,” frontman Michael Angelakos kicked things off with full intensity that persisted through “Sleepyhead” and “Moth Wings.” The energy built, with the band playing off of it. Angelakos swung the microphone around in a euphoria in sync to the flashing green, purple, and orange lights. Neither the band nor fans were acting like this was a Monday night; that’s for sure.

The production itself was a simple one, with the band relying on the flashing lights that sometimes morphed into a single spotlight that highlighted the complementary colors of Angelakos’ button-down shirt, tie and navy blue pants. Almost as suddenly as they had taken the stage shortly before 10 p.m., Passion Pit thanked the crowd for coming, and promptly walked off.

As Passion Pit returned on stage, Angelakos yelled out, “We fucking love you, Oakland!” The group then broke into “Constant Conversations” and ended with their best-known hit, “Take A Walk,” both from 2012 album Gossamer.

Dressed in all-white and bathed in pure pink, green and gold light, L.A. artist Neil Frances opened the show with a sound that can be described as a cross between ’70s soul infused with a techno influence and powerfully delivered vocals.

Bleachers-esque pop band Courtship followed Neil Frances’ performance dressed in matching orange jumpsuits. The band’s set included a cover of Outkast’s “Hey Ya,” but the highlights were original songs “Perfect People” and “Bad Fun.” Courtship frontman Eli Hirsch proclaimed himself a major Passion Pit fan and said that the Boston band had been a cornerstone of his music tastes during his teen years.

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