What are you most looking forward to about Splendour?
I’m really looking forward to playing it again. We had a great time in 2010. The highlight of our last experience was going on stage with Mumford and Sons and helping to join in with some gang-style vocals.
What was the highlight of Coachella?
My personal favorite of Coachella was watching Johnny Marr perform one of my favorite Smiths songs, How Soon is Now.
Where does the name ‘Passion Pit’ come from?
The name came from a class that Michael [singer] was taking in college. One of the vocabulary sheets he was given had the name on it, which is slang for “making out in your car at a drive-in movie theatre.”
If you could ‘take a walk’ anywhere in Australia where would it be?
To the zoo to hug a koala again.
Are there any Aussie musicians you’d like to work with?
What are your goals for 2013?
Finish out this tour in good health and start to put together the first stages of the next record.
Do you have any superstitions about going on stage?
We do a team ‘hands in the middle chant’ every night before taking the stage. The few times that we have not done this, the shows went terrible.
What is one item you cannot travel without?
I can’t pick one, but if I could pick two I would say my AeroPress coffee maker and my Contax T3 camera.
What is on a Passion Pit rider?
Pedialyte [fluid replacement], avocados, greens, Kombucha [a Japanese tea], fresh juice, Maldon Sea Salt, olive oil. All things on our rider are pretty healthy, really.
Who is your celebrity crush?
You song Where I Come From featured on the Twilight Saga soundtrack. Are you team Edward or Jacob?
Team Edward all the way.
Three albums you’d take with you on a deserted island?
The Replacements: Pleased to Meet Me, Sigur Ros: Untitled and Tom Petty: Damn the Torpedoes.
If there was a zombie apocalypse and you could only defend yourself with one item from Walmart, what would it be?
A pressurised nail gun.
Catch Passion Pit in Sydney (July 27), at Splendour in the Grass (July 28), Melbourne (July 30-31), Adelaide (Aug 2) and Perth (Aug 2) passionpitmusic.com