Frontman gets honest about illness
ASSION Pit frontman Michael Angelakos has opened up about the crippling depression which led the band to cancel six recent tour dates.
The group axed a series of concerts in the past few weeks to allow Angelakos time to recover from his mental health problems, but made a comeback at Perry Farrell’s US music festival Lollapalooza in Chicago on the weekend. Before hitting the stage at Lollapalooza, Angelakos told Rolling Stone magazine that at his lowest point, even getting out of bed was a struggle.
In the candid interview, he also admits he is relieved to finally be able to talk about his problems, after spending many years keeping quiet about his condition.
‘‘I’ve gotten really good feedback. I didn’t know how it was going to be received. It’s a lot nicer to be able to talk about it,’’ Angelakos says.
‘‘I’ve been lying about it. People have been like, ‘Why’d you cancel the shows?’ I was like, ‘Oh, I had a migraine’. It’s like ‘no – I couldn’t leave my bed’. It’s just so much a part of my life . . . it’s a lot easier for me to say I have pneumonia. And that is what I was going to say . . . People don’t understand that it’s not just debilitating, it’s allencompassing. It’s something you have to work on your entire life.’’
Angelakos says his depression was ‘‘so bad three weeks ago when we had to cancel everything’’.
‘‘It was so bad that I was suffering from something called Psychomotor Retardation, which is essentially where your brain starts shutting down your entire body,’’ he says. ‘‘So you’re sitting in bed and you can barely move.’’ The singer thanks his bandmates for supporting him and being ‘‘so understanding’’ and vows to continue touring.
‘‘It’s not fun to be on the other end of it,’’ he says.
‘‘It’s not just a person who suffers from any mental health issue that shouldn’t be touring – most people shouldn’t really be touring. It’s not really a healthy lifestyle.
‘‘I know how to do it to a certain extent to make it work for me and I have people who care about me and want me to be well. I make it work because I need to make a living too. And this is what I do.’’
Passion Pit, Robyn, The Presets, Justice, Chiddy Bang, Tame Impala, Justice (DJ set), Labrinth, Plan B, Nero and more play Parklife, at the Brisbane Riverstage and Botanic Gardens, on September 29.
Michael Angelakos of the electropop band Passion Pit on stage at Lollapalooza.