Fans waited over two years for Passion Pit to release the follow up to their critically acclaimed debut record Manners. In July, fans’ prayers were finally answered with the album Gossamer. Frontman Michael Angelakos spoke with Live 105 San Francisco backstage at the 2012 Outside Lands Music festival about the ups and downs of the making of Gossamer.
“It wasn’t so much the record being a problem,” Angelakos explained. “You know in your mid-twenties everything is a problem.”
Angelakos went on to explain it was always quality, not time based pressures he was under. He commented, “It took a really long time but I’m glad I took the time to make it instead of rushing it.”
The second record from any band brings the concept of the “sophomore slump” to the forefront. Classically, there is a perception that second albums from new acclaimed artists are generally a let down. The pressure from the music industry and music fans to top a debut album can be overwhelming for many.
“I honestly never thought about it that way,” commented Angelakos. “I was just obsessed with making sure that whatever I put out I was happy with it.”
He continued on the pressure of creating art under a time frame, “If the music works. If its 13 months or 6 month or 2 months after. You can’t put a time frame on these things.”
Passion Pit are currently touring domestically and internationally through the fall.
<em>– Bradford Hornsby, LIVE 105, San Francisco</em>