10 Songs, 36 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Killing Time features pop-punk blasts from former Passion Pit synth-sampler man Ayad Al Adhamy. The change to a full guitar-led attack is so radical for him that it’s as if he woke up one night in a sweat and was told to repent for his electronica ways. Where Passion Pit searched for proprietary formulas to push the boundaries of indie rock, electronica, and pop, Team Spirit are pure old school, channeling Cheap Trick and The Hold Steady (who channel AC/DC and Thin Lizzy). “Surrender,” “Satisfaction,” “Teenage Heart,” and “Closer” do a remarkably good job of turning up the amps and letting guitar riffs fly. 

EDITORS’ NOTES

Killing Time features pop-punk blasts from former Passion Pit synth-sampler man Ayad Al Adhamy. The change to a full guitar-led attack is so radical for him that it’s as if he woke up one night in a sweat and was told to repent for his electronica ways. Where Passion Pit searched for proprietary formulas to push the boundaries of indie rock, electronica, and pop, Team Spirit are pure old school, channeling Cheap Trick and The Hold Steady (who channel AC/DC and Thin Lizzy). “Surrender,” “Satisfaction,” “Teenage Heart,” and “Closer” do a remarkably good job of turning up the amps and letting guitar riffs fly. 

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About Team Spirit

Passion Pit's Ayad Al Adhamy shows off his rock side with the band Team Spirit. The synth player, missing his guitar-playing days, tapped his college roommate Roman Tobias Pettigrew (the People's Church of Animal Town) as bassist and backing vocalist, recording collaborator Champagne Dave Weingarten as drummer, and Cosmo Di Giulio (DOM) as guitarist to shape his power pop-influenced sound. A self-titled, self-released EP arrived February 2012, coinciding with the band's first tour. Two years later in September 2014, a revised lineup of Team Spirit -- featuring Al Adhamy joined by guitarist Kieren Smith, bassist Dan De Lara, and drummer Alex Russek -- delivered their debut LP, Killing Time. ~ Chrysta Cherrie

  • ORIGIN
    Brooklyn, NY

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