Passion Pit

Passion Pit

Youngblood Hawke, Wild Belle

Mon, October 15

7:00 pm

9:30 Club

Washington, DC

Passion Pit - (Set time: 10:00 PM)


(Columbia Records; New York, NY – November 28, 2017) Passion Pit has announced plans for a 2018 North American headline tour to start the new year. The 18-date trek will kick off on January 10th at Washington DC’s 9:30 Club and extend into the first week of February, including shows in Boston (1/12), New York City (1/13), Chicago (1/17) and Seattle (1/27) before concluding in Los Angeles on February 3rd. The complete list of dates is included below.

Fan presale tickets will be available at www.passionpitmusic.com beginning tomorrow, November 29th, at 10:00 AM local time, with tickets going on sale to the general public December 1, at 10:00 AM local time. VIP packages for all shows are available at https://www.cidentertainment.com/events/passion-pit-tour-2018 and include both an exclusive soundcheck performance and a Q+A with frontman Michael Angelakos. A portion of all proceeds from VIP packages will be donated to charities promoting mental health awareness.

The four-week jaunt is Passion Pit’s first tour since 2016, and will span new songs and fan-favorites from the band’s diverse catalogue. Joining founder/songwriter/producer Michael Angelakos in the Passion Pit live band will be Chris Hartz, Aaron Harrison Folb and Giuliano Pizzulo. Passion Pit has cultivated one of music’s most devoted audiences in the past decade, with the L.A. Times hailing their live appeal as “transforming studio creations into human-centered performances.” Known for their evocatively calibrated electro-pop, Passion Pit’s albums include their 2009 debut effort Manners, and 2015’s Kindred, among others.
Youngblood Hawke - (Set time: 8:45 PM)
Youngblood Hawke
Sometimes, you’ll shine the brightest during your darkest hour.


That’s exactly what longtime friends multi-instrumentalist Simon Katz and singer Sam Martin came to realize when they commenced writing songs for what would become Youngblood Hawke’s self-titled debut EP. Katz and Martin had seen critical acclaim and worldwide success as founding members of Iglu & Hartly. However, after a rousing performance at Coachella 2010, the group dissolved due to a creative clash.


“We went from massive success to nothing over the course of two years,” recalls Katz. “We didn’t like the direction the band was going in, and we wanted to do something closer to our hearts. We had to start over. The only thing you have in times like that is hope.”


With hope in their hearts, the duo began feverishly penning songs in Katz’s Los Angeles studio that summer. Galvanized and reinvigorated, they emerged from that sweaty, air conditioner-less room with over one-hundred ideas and a fresh perspective altogether. Martin admits, “We didn’t begin by saying, ‘We’re going to start a new band’. It was more of an outlet to express ourselves. It was the most natural thing I’ve ever done. There was no plan.”


There didn’t need to be a plan because their songs were so anthemic and uplifting. In early 2011, they began releasing material and booking local gigs around Los Angeles. Rounded out by Katz’s childhood best friend Tasso on guitar, Alice on backup vocals and live percussion, and Iglu & Hartly touring drummer Nik, the band hit the Roxy for its first show.


Based on the strength of the tunes and a completely organic buzz, they sold out a string of nights at Silverlake hotspot, Satellite. Soon, Universal Republic Records contacted them and offered a deal. Their first five-song EP for the label drops August 14, 2012, and it will be followed up by a full-length a year later.


Martin describes Youngblood Hawke’s inimitable sound best. “It has elements of pop, rock, indie, dance, and even a little hip hop.”


The first single “We Come Running” encapsulates that sentiment. A propulsive beat builds alongside shimmering bells as Martin’s massive refrain soars. “It’s like a personal message to the band,” the vocalist reveals. “It announces that if we work our asses off, they’re going to hear the sound when we come running. We’re going to get our chance.”


Elsewhere, “Dannyboy” is a tribute to a friend who tragically passed, while “Rootless” finds freedom in starting anew over an echoing riff and huge chorus. “It was one of the first tracks Sam and I wrote together during that first summer,” says Katz. “We didn’t have a foundation anymore after our last project. We were feeling rootless, but we were free.”


The quintet’s moniker also reflects the glorious serendipity at the heart of its journey. Nodding to the Herman Wouk novel of the same name, it’s utterly a propos.


“I was looking for a new book to read,” remembers Martin. “My dad called me out of the blue, and he was like, ‘Your uncle’s favorite book is Youngblood Hawke. You have to read it’. From the first page, it really hit me. It’s about a Kentucky mountain boy who wants to become a writer so he moves to New York. Simon and I moved from Colorado where we were going to college and immersed ourselves in this crazy L.A. landscape. It really resonated with us as a story about an artist finding his way.”


At the end of the day, these artists have found their way in Youngblood Hawke, and the path is brighter than ever. “We’ve seen the bottom and the top,” concludes Katz. “Things get bad, and then they get good again. The music is about being hopeful and never giving up.”
Wild Belle - (Set time: 8:00 PM)
Wild Belle
Wild Belle is the new duo of siblings Natalie and Elliot Bergman. The two have weaved in and out of each other's musical lives for years sharing records, tapes, sounds and experiences. Wild Belle marks their first official collaboration, finding their sound rooted on a tropical island where rocksteady rhythms, disco beats and soulful grooves shine down steadfast and abundant.
Venue Information:
9:30 Club
815 V St. NW
Washington, DC, 20001
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