Passion Pit :: Congress Theater :: 4/2/2010

Passion Pit Warming Up The Acoustics Of The Congress Theater

Passion Pit Warming Up The Acoustics Of The Congress Theater

As I approached the back stage door of Chicago’s Congress Theater on a bright and sunny Friday afternoon, Passion Pit was well into their sound check as I could already hear the bending synths from their hit “The Reeling” escaping into the alley behind the venue. Once on stage, it was like watching a group of mad scientists conspiring together, as they carefully went through the finer points of the evening’s song list, making tweaks as needed to achieve perfection in all areas of the live show experience.

Once things seemed right with the world and all action items for the evening’s soundcheck were accomplished, the band felt ready for the fans lining up outside of the venue and down the street. Sure, there was still 2 hours before the doors of the venue would open, but it was a beautiful early Spring day in Chicago, so why not get in line?!

As I walked around the stage checking out the tools necessary for a Passion Pit performance, I noticed a lot of Shure mics in familiar and unfamiliar spots… KSM32 mics as drum overheads and KSM32 mics as ambient mics to blend into the band in-ear mix. Speaking of in-ear mix, the first thing lead vocalist Michael Angelakos said to me after soundcheck was what a difference the new PSM 900 has made in their live show.

Shure Wireless RackThe band had been out for a few weeks with the new systems and immediately noticed an improvement in the overall audio and the way the band was playing together. Angelakos’ vocals have a very unique falsetto and it has historically made it difficult to hear on a loud stage. With the new Shure PSM 900, he can hear every bit of what he’s throwing into his Beta 58A, making it easier on his voice as the night wears on.

Passion PitI got to spend some time with the entire band and do a quick interview before they got ready to take on the crowds outside. We talked about where things all started, live shows, recording, and their unbiased love for Shure. Look for the interview on our new MySpace page… we’ll let you know when that’s ready too.

Michael Angelakos, Lead Vocals for Passion Pit

Michael Angelakos, Lead Vocals

The band absolutely killed it later on that evening… the crowd outside was now happily a part of the Passion Pit festivities, singing along and jumping in place with every beat of Nate Donmoyer’s kick drum. It was a pleasure meeting the gentlemen from Passion Pit and it’s always great to hear about how Shure has made such a difference in their performing and recording. If you haven’t experienced a Passion Pit show firsthand, please do. They will be playing the sunset slot at this year’s Coachella on Friday, April 16th. That just sounds magical, doesn’t it?


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Cory Lorentz

Cory Lorentz

Cory Lorentz is the Artist Relations Manager at Shure. He enjoys weekends, tacos and has a soft spot for the kind of lite rock music you’d hear in a dentist’s office.

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