Passion Pit no estaría en una “pausa indefinida”


Martes 25 de Julio de 2017 | 13:18 hrs.

Passion Pit no estaría en una “pausa indefinida” Foto: FOTO: Barneys The Window

¿La razón? Todo sería parte de la evolución del grupo, al menos eso aclaró Michael Angelakos.

Michael Angelakos, vocalista de Passion Pit, anunció hace unos días que la banda hará una “pausa indefinida”, sin embargo, en un comunicado publicado por Consequence of Sound,  el cantante aclaró que la banda seguiría haciendo música pero se tomarían un tiempo en esto de ser “un artista comercializado”.

A través de múltiples twitteos, el cantante se refirió a su desorden bipolar y a más problemas que lo hacen alejarse del mundo de la música.

Eso sí, fue enfático en que no dejaría de hacer música, sino que no la haría pública a no ser que fuera para mejorar el ambiente en el circuito artístico.

En uno de sus hilarantes tweets preguntó:

“¿Cuántos más episodios de ‘detrás de la música’ necesitamos? ¿Cuántos artistas más tienen que morir? ¿(Cuántas) demandas de acoso sexual necesitan ser desechadas?”.

Es imposible leer sus comentarios y no traer a nuestras mentes el reciente suicidio de Chris Cornell seguido del de Chester Benington.

También se refirió al álbum Gossamer, publicado por la banda en 2012 y que aludiría a episodios maníacos que espera que nunca más le ocurran a nadie.


“El desorden bipolar es la sexta causa de discapacidad en el mundo. Tengo desorden bipolar (y un montón de suerte). Muchas personas me felicitan por la ‘recuperación’. Un halago que, de hecho, es complicado. La conciencia sobre la salud mental muchas veces lleva a… eso”.

¿Quién podría culpar a la gente por no entender algo que científicos, doctores, defensores y pacientes dicen que tampoco entienden? Hasta que sea más seguro y sano para nosotros el ser defensores, ser escritores, productores y artistas, simplemente no puedo continuar haciendo música”.

“Estás comprometido o no. Crear conciencia en un momento y anunciar un show al siguiente no me ayuda. Me daña. Y a otros. Amo Passion Pit y amo la música aún más. Cuando algo podría estar mal, intentaría ignorarlo. Ahí casi moriría. En serio”.

La historia ama repetirse y es debido a las fallas del sistema. Entonces, decidí resolver este asunto como mi prioridad por ahora”.

“¿Cuántos más episodios de ‘detrás de la música’ necesitamos? ¿Cuántos artistas más tienen que morir? ¿(Cuántas) demandas de acoso sexual necesitan ser desechadas?”.

“Hago mucha música diariamente. La única forma en la que puedo hacer eso es debido a que trabajo muy duro en estar saludable. Mejor salud = más arte”.

“Es el quinto aniversario de Gossamer, un álbum que es sobre y el producto de un episodio maníaco. Casi pierdo todo, incluyendo mi vida”.

Tratando de asegurarme de que Gossamer nunca le vuelva a ocurrir a mí o a nadie nunca más”.

“Siempre estoy haciendo música. Solo publicaré música si es que es para el beneficio del trabajo que hago para mejorar el ambiente en el que se hace”.

Aquí el comunicado completo que publicó Consequence of Sound:

Contrary to the headlines, I am not really on hiatus. That might be a bit of a casual word to use in this scenario. I make music every day, it’s part of my life. I just played a show and I am about to officially release an album. The proceeds from the album are going entirely to psychiatric scientific research at The Stanley Center/Broad Institute. I was an artist before I was signed and working within this industry, and (as confusing as it may be to many people, myself included) I am continuing to be an artist with or without the industry.

What I am actually doing — what I have said I am going to do — is all the work required in the development of the Wishart Group. It requires my full attention, which means taking time away from being a commercialized artist. It requires me to explain this because the idea that we can do several things at once and really create change, especially in the realm of mental health, is clearly not working. It’s just not enough, though I wish it were.

I cannot continue to operate in this space, this industry, due to the way that it functions and treats people that work for it or create within it. It does nothing to promote the health required in order to produce the work it sells. The risks associated with being a commercialized artist and embarking on a typical album release, like endless promotion and touring, have nearly killed me. People often throw these words around casually as well, but when I say that these requirements have nearly killed me, have killed many people, and continue to kill people; I am stating facts. I am speaking from a very real and personal place. I live this, and I watch other artists struggle with the friction between their health and their art.

I only have a certain amount of attention, so it should be used carefully. I started the Wishart Group and will be focusing full time on its developments. I will be advising other industries, and doing any work that is required at this current juncture until I have achieved certain goals and helped build a new system. We need better systems, systems that can actually contain and tend to workers, like artists who
want to and have been contractually signed into deals to make music for people. I want to create more levels of security because I know that everything we are discussing today is truly about security — often, it is how much we are lacking it. Artists (just one example of a working class) have never been truly taken care of. It subtly or aggressively defies logic like so many other things, until suddenly someone presents something logical, perhaps in the form of a suggestion or solution. To connect artists and create a real community for them, to empower them, is to set an example for them and the myriad of other systems we care about. This is a priority; one of many priorities. We should prioritize work that can set an example.

Music is a luxury. We are so lucky to have it. And if it is not a luxury, as people are telling me otherwise, saying it is absolutely essential to our culture, then I’d like to see systems in place that reflect this sentiment, not just financially. Protecting health is the first step in maintaining a culture’s artistic output. The music won’t go away and will only improve when there is health and we must stop believing that we must suffer for art — life is hard enough and we all know it. Tremendous Sea of Love is being released this week, along with the official foundation of several first steps in achieving the goals of The Wishart Group – goals that should speak to many people, not just artists. Gossamer (Reduced), a stripped-down remixing of Gossamer, will also be released in the near future, as well as the reissuing of my first EP and two full-length records on vinyl.

Passion Pit isn’t on hiatus, it’s just evolving, like anyone and everything else. On its fifth birthday, the message behind Gossamer would remain lost if I were not to act on all that I’ve been speaking about since releasing that record. I think it’s important to show people that if we think something can be fixed, then it’s worth at least the attempt to fix it. Rather than talking about it endlessly, which will just reify the feeling we feel day-in and day-out – that it won’t change or that it’s only going to get worse. I certainly understand the feeling, I’ve felt it frequently these past few months, but, no, we’re not doing enough. There’s more that I can do, so I’m going to do it.

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