PASSION PIT: WE’RE NOT METAL AT ALL

October 14th, 2009 | Interviews


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Download: Passion Pit “Moth’s Wings”

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(from Manners out now on French Kiss)

Passion Pit is straight from glam-synth heaven. They’ve come a long way from the infamous Valentine’s Day mixtape to the release of their first full-length Manners, and they continue to sell out shows all over the world with their undeniably unique sound. Despite their busy schedule, drummer Nate Donmoyer was kind enough to spare a few minutes. This interview by Keldine Hull.

What would finally have to happen to you in order for you to think that things couldn’t get any better?
Nate Donmoyer (drums): I think if we did play a live show that we were all really happy with—once we finally get to where we want to be playing together. I still think we’re very young and learning a lot to put together the best live show. We’re just gonna keep trying to improve our live stuff and be the best live band we can be. And I think it takes a lot of time and a lot of shows. Maybe in a few years we’ll be able to get back in the studio and make a new record.
I’ve heard comparisons of your group to the Bee Gees—what would Saturday Night Fever have sounded like if you soundtracked it?
Nate Donmoyer: It probably would have sounded like the more dance-y songs on Manners like ‘The Reeling’ and ‘Little Secret.’
Who could you never say no to if they ever asked you to collaborate?
Nate Donmoyer: Radiohead. And I think that they don’t really collaborate that often with people so it’d be an honor.
What would be the most diametrically opposite way to describe Passion Pit?
Nate Donmoyer: Metal. We’re not metal at all.
What’s one question that you always expected to be asked but were never asked?
Nate Donmoyer: Maybe that question. I’m not really sure. We’ve been asked a lot of questions—some pretty random and obscure ones. I guess when people ask us stuff like what kind of food we like or that kind of thing—that has nothing to do with music at all.
And this all sort of started with a Valentine’s day gift.
Nate Donmoyer: I think it’s kind of funny how it went from a kind of inside joke to everyone kind of listening to it—it’s surprising and pretty funny. I think it’s a pleasant surprise. It’s kind of a dream come true for everyone. No one could really expect how fast things have gone, you know?

PASSION PIT WITH TRANZ-KUNT-INTENTAL AND E-603 ON TUE., OCT. 14, AT THE HENRY FONDA THEATER, 6126 HOLLYWOOD BLVD., HOLLYWOOD. 8 PM / SOLD OUT / ALL AGES. GOLDENVOICE.COM. PASSION PIT’S MANNERS IS OUT NOW ON FRENCH KISS. VISIT PASSION PIT AT PASSIONPITMUSIC.COM OR MYSPACE.COM/PASSIONPITJAMS.