In this Preshow Rituals segment, the alternative rock band, Halo Circus, share what they do before taking the stage. You can check out the feature, after the break.
The term pre-show rituals give it an air of intrigue that I’m not sure it deserves. Generally, there is a sound check that is about 3-5 hours ahead of the show. That usually takes and hour or so, but I have noticed that the more we do the shorter they get. At first, you want to hear everything like it’s an album on stage. This drives the sound people nuts. Now we more or less are focused in on our parts and playing a great show and letting the sound do what it does.
After a sound check is a great time for food, although Allison rarely eats before a show. If you aren’t supposed to swim on a full stomach, you can imagine how belting 3 octaves for an hour on an after eating isn’t a very good idea. In lieu of food, much time can be spent being anxious or pensively looking at a wall backstage. Fortunately, Brian Stead is the resident funny man and rarely leaves a room without saying something profoundly stupid, in a good way.
Veronica spends most of her pre-show time stretching and warming up her drum goddess arms. We are all trained musicians so we probably resemble nerdy athletes more than anything.
In truth, the only ritual that matters is a deep and sincere longing to provide the audience that took time out of their day to come out and see us a sincere a connection and an experience that hopefully gives them some kind of comfort.
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