Ayad Al Adhamy, 2008


Written by: Jason Perlman


With bands like Aerosmith and Godsmack, mainstream American has known many rock bands from the Boston area, but what is the real Boston music scene about?
As with most scenes, it constantly changes, and we are part of the new breed of electronic music that Boston is beginning to spawn. There are lots of great indie bands who are from Boston, and there is a thriving basement show scene and plenty of DIY venues. As I used to play guitar in a metal band I almost used to associate Boston with Metal/Thrash music (Unearth, Ramming Speed, Bones Brigade), but what it comes down it is that there is something for everyone here.

With so much going on in each song, one would think the writing and recording process for the band would be tough. How does the band come to a consensus on each song?
Michael is still the primary songwriter, and he with come to the decision ith 95% of the music. When we play live we take our own liberties as individuals to separate the record from the live show! I think this method is very efficient and works really well for us.

It seems that although major labels are struggling, independent bands are doing pretty well with the outlets like Myspace. How is it being an indie band in 2008?
It's mind-blowing how much impact the Blog and Myspace have on independent artists, one could argue that there is more crap to listen as everyone can post music (as well as recording equipment being next to nothing!) but I think it just allows more people to get their chance to be heard, and listeners to find music that appeals to them.

Although the music has this great upbeat, dance quality to it, there is still some underlying emotion and conflicting sounds. Would you rather see outrageous dancing or emo soloism at your shows?
Definitly outrageous dancing! We play high-energy dance shows, and I think it is difficult to go the shoegaze route.


Not soon after visiting Ohio you are headed to Europe where it would seem this sound would be better received. How much are you looking forward to taking this sound out of the country?
We are really excited to get over to England. I lived in London for 10 or so years of my life (I'm a Brit by passport!) and I have lots of friends there too. The response that I've heard from my friends is really positive and I think/hope Europe is going to enjoy our shows.


Watching the video on MTV of the band at CMJ, there still seems some surprise at receiving recognition. Is the band becoming more comfortable with itself?
I think we were comfortable then as a group; but we were, and are still, very humbled by it all.


Also what is great from Passion Pit is it is five musicians on stage playing, not two with a ton of tracking.  But does that make each show more difficult?
The only pain is lugging around a lot of heavy gear! It has always made sense to use minimal backing and play most of it live. It adds to the authenticity and people relate to it.


Success is coming pretty fast for this band. Can it come too fast?
It can definitely, but I don't think it has for us.  I just graduated college this Fall, so now all of us are done and ready to go with it. We feel prepared.


OKGo described their music to me as aggressively listenable. Do you think that description fits Passion Pit?
I don't think its aggressively listenable. Maybe passive-aggressively listenable?


It was a Valentine's mix tape present from Michael Angelakos to his girlfriend that got first notice. Will Passion Pit become the next crooners and have to sing love songs 24-7?
I don't think so! Even though it was a Valentine Day present, none of it is really 'lovey awww', I think Michael had more "Sorry I'm hard to out up with" ideas in there! Michael has is a great poetic lyricist, and although I don't understand a lot of them (I'm terrible at lyrics!) I hear the beauty of his rhythm, rhyme and word choice.


Lastly, any resolutions the band is making for 2009?
Ummm, I don't think so? I personally don't know anyone who has really kept a new years resolution anyway…