Sunday night, The Boy and I packed ourselves like sardines into the crowded Madison Theater in Covington to see a band we'd been curious about since summer: Passion Pit. The venue, while very full, was impressive, and for the first time ever at a general admissions concert I was able to see almost every member of every band that played that night.
The doors to the venue opened at seven, and the first band that took the stage was one we hadn't heard of before: Hollerado. They were small but catchy and The Boy and I found ourselves bopping along with every song they played. We even caught ourselves wondering aloud if we had heard this group on XM before, just not enough to register more than a few chords of a song here and there. We agreed that due to their catchy, fast-paced music we could see them being popular within the next few years.
Between acts, The Boy and I watched the venue fill up more, with the crowd downstairs growing as quickly as the one in the balcony. We sent a few text messages, took a few pictures, and cheered along with everyone in the building when the lights went down and the second band, Youngblood Hawke, took the stage. We've heard Youngblood Hawke on XM quite a bit this year, and both of us like what we have heard by this band. They were very intense on drums, with both lead singers drumming along with their drummer on big bass drums that I could barely see, adding to the intensity that was growing in the theater. Their song "We Come Running" was well-received by the crowd, and by the time they finished their set, everyone was buzzing with anticipation waiting for Passion Pit to get set up on stage.
The wait for Passion Pit was excruciating (but in a good way)! Even as tightly packed together as we were, everyone was eager to see this amazing band play, especially after many of us were unable to see them play Bunbury earlier in the year. Their song "Take a Walk" has been featured in, of all places, an ad for Taco Bell, but it's one we sing around the house often. When the house lights dimmed the roar of the crowd was deafening as the curly-haired, button-down and tie-clad lead singer launched into "Take a Walk."
As the show went on the lights played over the crowd who jumped and danced with vigor. Each song was catchy, fast-paced, and had a great accompanying light show that kept everyone on their toes. The floor vibrated from people jumping, and it was hard not to smile and get into the music, even if we only knew a handful of songs played.
The last song before the encore the crowd was in a frenzy, dancing and rocking all over as the band shot cannons of streamers and confetti into the air. It was incredible, awesome, fun, and energizing, and I was sad when the song came to a close as The Boy and I, overheating from the energy of dancing with such a great crowd, starting winding our way outside, back to our car and back home.
We would totally go see any of these bands again, and already intend to buy a lot of the music we heard last night so we can listen to it all anytime.