Front­man gets hon­est about ill­ness

The Gold Coast Bulletin - Play Magazine - - PLAY CLUBBING -

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.

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