Passion Pit's Michael Angelakos Talks Touring
"It feels the way you told me how it'd always feel."
Angelakos says the response he received was mixed. Most people thought it was a gimmick, that it was a way to basically sell the record, which, he reveals, happens to be about a manic episode. I just couldnt believe the reaction to me saying, For mental health reasons, I have to cancel shows. But his hope was that people could see him as human being and would be accepting and understanding of his bipolar disorder, which is why the conversation surrounding his illness carried on.
This was before artists were really talking about this. To my knowledge, it was the first album that traces a manic episode and talks pretty honestly about it. It just became part of my life and thats when I just started becoming an advocate, he says .
In conjunction with the Wishart Groups inception, Angelakos self-released Passion Pits fifth album Tremendous Sea of Love, a raw and unpolished ode to his mental illness. Angelakos took to social media to promote the album and offered free downloads in exchange for tweets about the importance of science and research. Tremendous Sea of Love was a way to basically talk about the hardest things to talk about when it came to my mental health, he says. And I thought the way I could release it could speak to that even better than just the content of the songs. Its probably one of my favorite records because its so uniquely me. Thats basically Passion Pit
When musician Michael Angelakos was diagnosed with bipolar disorder at 19, he couldnt wrap his head around the fact that there wasnt a magic pill that could cure him. You dont want to believe this is a lifelong condition, he tells Yahoo Lifestyle. Its a very strange disorder to deal with.
Around the time of his diagnosis, he was in the process of forming the band Passion Pit all while struggling through severe bouts of intense mania and depression. My last manic episode was about two years long, although its important to note that what goes up must come down. Its an extremely isolating type of depression, he recalls.
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