Passion Pit cancel shows because of ‘mental health’ issues

Michael Angelakos thanks fans for their understanding ahead of the release of 'Gossamer'

Passion Pit have cancelled a number of upcoming Stateside shows following a statement from frontman Michael Angelakos, in which he said he needs to take some time out in order to improve his ‘mental health’.

Six shows in total have been cancelled, including tonight’s gig in Nashville, and the dates leading up to and including their planned show at New York’s Apollo Theatre on July 23. The tour resumes on August 2 at Chicago’s House of Blues.

Taking to the band’s website, at, he wrote:

On behalf of the band and myself, I would like to greatly apologise for the show cancellations. In order for me to ensure that there will be no further disruptions, I am going to take the time to work on improving my mental health. For now, I’d like to thank all of our fans for their understanding. I hope to see all of you very soon in a much different light.

Passion Pit recently debuted a brand new track, which you can listen to below. ‘I’ll Be Alright’ is the second track to be taken from the electro-pop wonderkid Michael Angelakos’ second album ‘Gossamer’, which is slated for release on July 23. It is the follow up to 2009’s ‘Manners’.

Speaking to NME, Michael Angelakos said that ‘Gossamer’, is a more “expansive” collection of songs than ‘Manners’. He said: “If it feels like one song is drastically different from another who cares? I just really wanted to make a collection of good songs… Everybody now wants new songs to sound the same and I really dislike that.”

‘Gossamer’ was recorded in 2011 in Los Angeles and New York City, and again finds Angelakos working with ‘Manners’ producer Chris Zane. So far, the band’s only UK live dates confirmed are this summer, at Reading and Leeds Festivals on August 24 and 25.

Listen to ‘I’ll Be Alright’ below: