P A S S I O N P I T

How We Do

Hello, everyone. 

Only good news:

We had the honor of playing the Greek Theatre in LA. It was such a blast. Our friend Andy took photos, hopefully we can share them with you soon. 

We can finally say that Michael is very close to fully kicking his bronchitis and sinus infection. Yup. He’s been sick for over three weeks. So, when he mentioned “allergies,” that’s actually what’s been going on. Now that it’s basically passed, we thought we’d let you know he’s almost back to normal.  Anyway, almost there!

We have a few weeks left of the tour and there are great shows coming up that we’re really looking forward to. We’re excited to end the Gossamer tour hitting all of these cities before calling it a day. We hope to see you at one of them!

And we may have a little something special for you in a few weeks. We’ll see. Working on it. 

Thanks for your continued support and understanding.

Love,
PP

Franz Joseph is riding in his carriage through this tiny provincial town, plumes and all. The trembling mayor is sitting next to him. He says, “Your Imperial Highness, I have to apologize to you in the profoundest terms for the fact that the bells are not ringing in the steeple. There are three reasons. First, there are no bells in the steeple — ” And Franz Joesph interrupts him and says, “Please, don’t’ tell me the other two reasons.”

- Orson Welles

Well, That Happened…

So, a note that we posted was completely blown out of proportion today. We’re here to clarify a few things.

1) No shows on our current tour are up for any type of cancellation at this current juncture, and that was the major reason why we wanted to be clear as to why a band cancels a show and how it impacts both parties: the fans and the band.

2) We never meant to be condescending, and that we even need to defend this is insane. We understand that it’s really easy to think, “oh, just rent gear” or “move it to a different venue.” It’s almost never that easy, particularly with a production tour, and we could go to great lengths to explain this, but it’s not worth it. Just know, we tried and it didn’t work out. That’s that. And, most of all, we’re sorry.

3) We apologize for being defensive, but we felt like we were being attacked when we were being very open and honest. Calling us “whiners” or anything of that nature is completely up to you, that’s your face-value opinion, but we try pretty damn hard to make this work. Why else would we go on tour? We love playing shows and we love them more when we’re playing for our real fans

4) The reasons for the cancellations do not seem to apply to any of the upcoming shows. So, please, do not think that this will become a pattern. This is the LAST TOUR we’re doing for awhile, and we want to see everyone there. To us, it was unfair that we were disrespected by certain media outlets. Regardless of peanut-gallery commenters — we could really give a shit about those types — we expect respectful reporting when we have to take a blow like a cancellation. Unfortunately, we cannot rely on that kind of respect because people are looking to create more drama than necessary, I.E. outlets that are going out of business. All we did was give them more attention, which is a shame.

Finally, we were only trying to explain that WE UNDERSTAND why people didn’t get how “a little rain” could damage a show. We UNDERSTAND that there are so many things that bands and fans do not talk about in regards to prepping, booking, and putting on shows. We never blamed our fans for any of that, even if they said hurtful or disrespectful things to us. We get it. We’ve been in your position before. The point we made, perhaps in the heat of the moment, was simply to say that we get that it’s hard to understand sometimes, but trust that this all comes from a real place. This is our livelihood, and we are blessed to be able to do this for a living. We maintain this openness because it is BECAUSE of you that we do. So, while other bands just move on, we try to remain engaged, possibly for better or worse… 


So, yes, the show MUST and WILL go on. 

We will see you all soon and we apologize for anyone who took the letter the wrong way. We were frustrated. Our fans were frustrated. It happens.

Moving on, we hope to highlight all the amazingly fun and awesome things that are happening. Maybe more so, we want to let the stupid media outlets that exacerbate these issues roll off to the side because, at the end of the day, it’s us and our fans. We thank you so much for sticking with us and understanding. And pretty much the 98% of media outlets that did accurately report on a very innocent blog post, THANK YOU for just reporting it as it was. It was an emotional reaction and we never thought it’d become what it would. 

And most of all, thank you to our fans for sticking by us.

All love,

PP

Why Bands Cancel Shows (And Why It Sucks For Everyone)

Hi everyone,

We try to be very forthcoming about information regarding touring. However, sometimes it feels as though it just backfires. But we understand the confusion. We try to remain very positive, open, and incredibly apologetic to everyone who bought tickets in advance only to have to get refunded with no show. All of us being big fans of music our entire lives, we know how much of a bummer it can be, and it upsets us greatly because we truly empathize. 

It’s been hard to sit back and realize that people really don’t understand how complicated it can be canceling a show, or how detrimental, even.

There are many reasons bands or artists cancel shows. Here are a few of them, many of them have applied to us:

1) General Illness. Though many bands play through illness, sometimes it’s absolutely necessary to take a night off to ensure that the rest of the tour survives instead of beating your body up only to have to risk canceling more shows in the future. This is how so many singers lose their voices, or people develop long-term illnesses. It’s just not worth it. 

2) Mental illness. Most of our fans know about my condition but this only hurt us a few times, and it was well over a year ago, and I work my ass of to make sure I can get out on stage and tour. More on how we made up all of these shows later. 

3) Weather. Outdoor stages that are built into muddy grounds have caused death (so many examples of this). Rain and electronics, as we all know, also really don’t mix. Sometimes, other stationary stages are said to be “rain or shine” but do not actually have the capability of fully protecting the gear. As some of you may know, we lost SO much gear and money a few weekends ago due to a storm, and we’re not about to mess it up on our final trek for “Gossamer.” That  could potentially end an entire tour and then that’d be it. No more touring. See you maybe in 2014. Not fun. 

Another weather issue is that if it rains, the amount of gear we use to play proper Passion Pit shows is not only put in jeopardy but so is the entire band and crew that manage the 60-75min show. Our system is very complicated, hand-built, and utilizes synthesizers and gear that has been customized for the show we pay money to put on and you pay money to see. It is not in our fan’s best interest or ours to compromise this. We did it once, we DJ’ed a few times, just to stay positive, and we mostly just got heckled, even just for trying. So, we learned our lesson: damned if you do, damned if you don’t.

4) Conflicting schedules. There are many things that happen on the road that are scheduled that are not made public because it is no one’s business. Clearly, it must be something serious enough to merit losing money to clear a show. We do not take this lightly and because we all have private lives, certain things are unavoidable and some people will simply be left with a statement that doesn’t fully satisfy. We’re sorry, but we are entitled to our privacy to a certain degree. This is one of the most frustrating things that you cannot always predict, which brings us to my final point.

We lose the most. We lose the trust of our fans because of innocent naiveté, an ignorance in regards to how these things are done. WE lose the trust of those who don’t understand how many people are involved in our show, from our touring crew to local crew, how much planning goes on for months and months to prep, how much money is spent to keep the tour rolling, and how much we need to tour to make sure we can afford to put on the show we want to do and still end up being able to pay our bills and continue to do this for a living.


We actually HAVE played in the rain before. Many times, actually. But the stages have been covered and we’ve compromised the show. Some of those shows were amazing (it’s always raining in the UK, but for some reason they figured it out). The bottom line is that every day a band tours and doesn’t play a show, they hemorrhage money. This is a costly, tricky business, and all we want is for everything to go smoothly and to have fun. But tour doesn’t always work that way and we apologize for things that are completely out of our control. 

I want to close this chapter now and remind people that we have made up all of the shows we had to cancel in 2012, save for the Apollo Theater in NYC for our CD release show. I was in a hospital, kind of hard to get out of that one. 

For 2013, we’re now forced to take losses in these situations as we moving towards finally getting real time off and prepping a new record to continue doing what we do. 

Please understand that if Passion Pit cancels a show, it’s canceling a show for a damn serious reason, and we’re not messing around with our fans. We’re trying our hardest and we are so sorry for the inconvenience. There’s only so much we can do.


Thanks to all of you who have been understanding and we very much look forward to making up these shows to you at 100% next time around. There’s no better remedy than an amazing show.

Trust us, we’re the most disappointed. 

Sincerely,
PP

Constant Conversations EP Out Today

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The Constant Conversations EP is out today on iTunes. The EP features an alternate version of Constant Conversations from Gossamer and extra material. Also included is a bonus track cover of Fun.'s Carry On. Download it here.

Constant Conversations EP

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Today, the band and I are excited to share the Constant Conversations EP. It’s a small collection of material we thought would be fun to share with our fans as we begin our final tour behind Gossamer

I should make it clear that the EP does not actually contain the official album version of “Constant Conversations.” Instead it’s an alternate take on the song, a version I did just for fun during some days off in New Zealand. Another track “Ruin Your Day” is a b-side from April 2011, written and recorded during the pre-production for Gossamer. There are so many outtakes, b-sides and demos that exist but probably will never be released. But for some reason, “Ruin Your Day” just seemed appropriate in the context of Gossamer, especially when paired with “Constant Conversations.” Also included is one of our favorite remixes, Dillon Francis’ take on “Carried Away.” 

So, there you have it: the Constant Conversations EP. We hope you enjoy this little offering, and we very much look forward to seeing you at one of the shows this fall. Stream the EP on Spotify here & below. 

- Passion Pit

Nightmare Nation

Hi, everyone.

Last night in Chicago, our gear was completely annihilated by weather. 70mph winds blew tarps and covers off of our equipment, allowing enormous amounts of rain to destroy a large portion of what we now know, as of today, to be approximately 75% of our gear. As a touring band that is proud to actually perform electro-pop as opposed to just pressing play, using many keyboards, both analog and digital, this is a nightmare we’ve had for quite some time. It’s almost incredible that it hasn’t happened already.

Well, it happened, and now we’re doing our best to recover.

Today in Calgary — and tomorrow in Edmonton — we will be doing a kind of “DJ set” in place of performing. This is because we really cared about coming to these new territories in Canada. We felt that at least attempting to have some fun and connecting with our fans was a much better idea than canceling altogether. Again, we are a band obsessed with performance, and DJing is not close to what a real Passion Pit performance really is. However, that being said, we look forward to at least showing our fans, the promoters, and everyone involved, that we actually care. 

As of now, our gear is being serviced. We are replacing a lot of equipment and our crew is working very hard at salvaging whatever still works and replacing equipment that’s been totally destroyed.

We want everyone to the know that, considering what we’ve been through, this is a setback but a serious one. We do intend to return to Calgary, Edmonton, and Winnipeg at some point in the future to play proper shows as Passion Pit. And to all of our fans that were in Chicago, those disappointed that we couldn’t actually properly perform, please understand that this was completely out of our hands. We did as much as we could. We appreciate your support and understanding.

We look forward to the next week and months to come: Letterman, the Pier shows, and then several months of touring to follow. In these settings, we will obviously be playing as Passion Pit proper, an outfit we have worked tirelessly to perfect and present to both our core fans and a growing fan-base that we care very much about. 

So, yes, yet another setback, but we’re used to them by now. We’ve gotten through many before and we’ll most assuredly get through this one.

Again, many thanks for your understanding and patience.

Michael, Ian, and Jeff

Social Media, etc.

Hello, everyone! 

Hope you are all well and happy.


Yesterday, I deactivated my twitter account. Oh, the drama. You guys, it’s twitter. Let’s all agree: it’s just twitter. 

Anyway, to my understanding, many people took this the wrong way. I’m here to very clearly explain it. If anyone else tried to explain it, it’d be their version, and their version is based on very skewed notions of who I am and what I stand for, and it is that very sentiment that causes such grief with artists/personalities/famous people who use twitter. I am quite below the "famous" category, but I am at a certain place where it does get to me. In essence, I can speak with some authority having had some experience with “fans.”

My deactivation has nothing to do with a picture I received in particular, which was actually very nice. I’d like that person to know that it was nice and thank you. But it was my friend from way back, a friend who has known me for years, that commented on how it was “creepy.” Makes sense, right? He’s known me for ages and then sees stuff like that? Yeah, kind of weird. The whole thing is weird.

I basically insinuated that, yes, this is the world that I live in. I get these pictures. What I also insinuated, which got lost in interpretation I assume, get way more perverse, utterly weird pictures. I even get death threats (yay). All of this is what happens when you open yourself up to the public. That we can agree on; the internet breaks down a filter that is inherent in normal, human-to-human contact. The internet has clearly blurred the lines of ‘what’s cool’ and ‘what’s not cool.’ Okay, it happens. I’m used to it, but it doesn’t mean I’m completely immune. We’re all still humans consuming this information on the other end. 

Anyway, it had almost everything to do with the way that twitter functions as a social networking platform. I personally felt — at a very specific moment, mind you — that it was not doing me any good, that it wasn’t really servicing the band’s greater good, and it was a giant waste of my time. Within minutes after deactivating my account, I found myself doing human things: not checking my phone every three seconds, getting laundry done, tending to my new home studio, catching up on episodes of a stupid television show, paying more attention to real conversations, etc. 

What I would find reductive is if anyone tried to over-analyze this and link this to a mental illness that I am currently dealing with very well. It has nothing to do with bipolar disorder. Moreover, it has nothing to do with being paranoid — hey, we all kind of are in our own way. It has nothing to do with being overwhelmed — that’s my life and I’m bored if I’m not somewhat overwhelmed. It has nothing to do with not loving my fans — my fans are incredible and constantly remind me that they are there for me. It has nothing to do with not caring about people’s feelings. It has nothing to do with me not wanting to be somewhat of a public figure in regards to mental health (which is, truth be told, very tough).

It is all because I simply do not like the medium, the medium being twitter, and I did not like the way in which I acted on it. It just became sour. At this point, I feel like taking a break is a healthy thing to do, and I am sorry if anyone took this the wrong way.

Passion Pit is a project that has incredibly dedicated, wonderful fans. I want to thank all of you for being understanding, not taking it personally and making this into a bigger story. I believe I am allowed to take my own personal summer vacation from the internet. Instead of tweeting, I’ll be writing a hell of a lot more music, and, if we really step back for a second, that’s what brought us to this conversation in the first place: music. 

So, I’ll be doing that. I’ll catch up with you guys some other time. I’ll be checking in periodically via the PP tumblr for some fun rambling. But for the foreseeable future I’ll just, you know, enjoy some time off. 

Big hug,
Michael