June 4, 2010 Leave a comment
I woke up this morning and came across two great bands: Royal Bangs and Passion Pit. These are two indie electronica bands from different parts of the map that grab the enthusiasm of their listeners and play with it like silly putty. Listening to them, I noticed that they have a lot of overlapping qualities in their music. They both use keyboards and synth to produce that tastey electric vibe. When you listen to them, you get that same feeling. Then, I thought, “Royal Bangs or Passion Pit?”.
Royal Bangs hail from my hometown, Knoxville. Knoxville is a rich underground community crawling with great acts, and Royal Bangs is one of them. They came out on the scene in 2005 and ever since then, they have been a local favorite. The band memebers Ryan Schaefer, Chris Rusk, and Sam Stratton have been playing music together since highschool, and in 2005 released their breakthrough album, We Breed hChamions. The self-made album was heard by Patrick Carney, of The Black Keys, and signed them to Audio Eagle Records in 2008. After Schaefer got back from France, they headed to Ohio and produced a second album called Let It Beep. Let it Beep is full of static riffs and buzzy bass lines that is a must have for indie electronica fans. If you have not heard this band, head to itunes and check em out!
Passion Pit was formed in Cambridge, MA in 2007. Passion Pit’s lead singer Michael Angelakos sings in a high falsetto tone sure to bring a crowd. Other members are Ian Hultquist, Ayad Al Adhamy, Jeff Apruzzese, and Nate Donomoyer. Passion Pit was originally a project created by lead singer Michael Angelakos for his girlfriend on Valentines Day, but after five gigs, the band was a hit. there latest album is called Manners and was released in 2009. Passion Pit combines high volcals, synth bass, multiple keybord parts, and electric samples in Manners to really catch the listeners ear.
I personally favor Royal Bangs over Passion Pit. I’ve seen both bands live and Royal Bangs are a lot more enjoyable. Royal Bangs keeps the crowd more pumped with faster pased songs. Passion Pit is still a great band, but when I saw them, they stuck to their slower songs. These are two awesome bands that I recommend to any electronica fan out there. Check em out!