Someone sprinkled fairy dust on the Pageant last night. There's no other explanation for it, and not enough superlatives exist to describe the sold-out Passion Pit/Tokyo Police Club/Brahms show last night. I did see a girl with a wand -- maybe she was responsible for generating the most vim and vigor I've seen from a St. Louis crowd in a long time. From the balcony to the pit, the mere mention of Passion Pit by the opening acts sent the crowd into paroxysmal delight.
The enraptured crowd proved white people can jump -- and they can jump really high for entire sets. The whole place was dancing, and the bands were quick to mention how great the response was. "St. Louis, this is fucking awesome, I had such a shitty day until I stepped on this stage," said Passion Pit's banter-happy frontman Michael Angelakos. Added Tokyo Police Club vocalist Dave Monks: "I'm glad we got to come to St. Louis, it's been, like, the best show so far."
Openers Brahms completely blew my mind. I loved the band's remix of Neon Indian's "Psychic Chasms," and a couple of other cuts, but I didn't know what to expect from the NYC trio. Brahms doesn't have an album, it's not signed to a label, only been a band for about six months -- and this is its very first tour. Opening for Passion Pit, no less!