Passion Pit, the electro-dance band born in Cambridge is taking a break in July so founder, lyricist and singer Michael Angelakos can work on “improving my mental health.”

The complete message on the band’s website:

On behalf of the band and myself, I would like to greatly apologize for the show cancellations. In order for me to ensure that there will be no further disruptions, I am going to take the time to work on improving my mental health. For now, I’d like to thank all of our fans for their understanding. I hope to see all of you very soon in a much different light.

Six dates were canceled, Billboard said.

The band consists of Angelakos, who went to Emerson, and Berklee College of Music alums Ayad Al Adhamy, Jeff Apruzzese, Nate Donmoyer and Ian Hultquist. Angelakos began as a solo act, and the band’s first successful songs were famously part of a belated Valentine’s Day gift to his college girlfriend. “Originally it was a Valentine’s gift for my girlfriend that was never supposed to go beyond her ears. She put up with a lot of my shit and was a saint for it,” he told The Sun news site in 2008, the same year Passion Pit won Best New Artist in the Boston Phoenix Best Music Poll.

“Our trajectory has been so quick and so severe,” he said, talking with the Phoenix about the band’s success.

You know, we’ve done four tours maybe for two and a half weeks at a time and our next tour we’re on a bus with a five-person crew and playing 1,000-capped rooms minimum and playing at festivals for 20,000 people. What the fuck is going on? This was not how it was supposed to happen. I almost wish I had started this band in the ’90s, because then I could become someone who feels like they really deserved it or worked so hard.

Here’s Angelakos full interview with the Phoenix.

The band’s “Gossamer” album is streaming in full on NPR.

Update: Amid universal great reviews for “Gossamer,” the band said July 25, 2012, it was canceling three August dates as well:

Thanks to everyone for all of their love and support throughout these past couple weeks. While we’re excited to see you over the next two weekends at Lollapalooza, Osheaga and Outside Lands, we’re sorry to let you know that we need to postpone our upcoming weekday shows in Colorado and Salt Lake City in order for Michael to continue to improve his mental health and complete a procedure that week.

We know that this is disappointing to fans who were planning on coming to these shows, and we want you to know we’re doing everything we can to try and make it up to you. In fact, we are happy to announce three rescheduled dates from last week in Charlotte/Nashville/Knoxville– the shows will take place in September as part of our fall tour. And we’ll keep you posted on Colorado/Salt Lake City as soon as we can. Please visit the tour page for a list of all current tour dates.

We appreciate everyone’s support and patience. We’ll see you soon.