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.
The 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.
I 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.
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?