In this Preshow Rituals segment, Niklas Karvonen of the SID metal band, Machinae Supremacy, shares what they do before every show. You can check out their rituals, after the break.
Let’s face it, touring is a lot about waiting. You get up in the morning and you are already waiting for soundcheck. While you’re waiting you typically have that 7,000 calorie lunch/breakfast to kill off your severe hangover, restore some patience with your bandmates’ personal oddities or just remedy the overall anxiety in whatever flavor you might have it. When you finally arrive at the venue and are about to soundcheck, you realize everything is an hour late as usual. Luckily, there’s energy drinks, chips, beer, coffee, weird local candy, vodka and apples backstage. Being the connoisseur you are, you decide to have a little bit of everything (except the apples) while waiting…
Finally, soundcheck is done. Dinner is still two hours away though and no ride back to the hotel is available. Why is the f****** backstage WiFi not working properly?!? While you bitch about it, nobody gives a f*** because everybody else’s connection is working fine and they are preoccupied with their phone in their face… Bummer! Well, at least there’s plenty to eat around here….
Dinner time! The miniscule minibus with the crazy local driver arrives. You soon hit some local restaurant with a decent menu and a waiter that will eventually mess up your order. There’s no available WiFi here either. You eat significant amounts of bread from the basket in front of you. Then, in desperation, you try entering a few passwords or accessing the admin interfaces on some WiFi routers. No luck. You have some more bread… Then a big portion of the food arrives. Extra onions?!? But I….. oh f*!*”# me….
After dinner it’s back to prison. Three more hours backstage. You are full from the dinner, but you keep eating those freakin’ peanuts just because you’re bored. As you get closer to show-time, you have that one before-the-show beverage of choice that will introduce the need to take a leak from the second song and throughout the set. When show-time finally arrives, your good ol’ pal mixing you says he’ll go turn down the music and start the intro. Finally, let’s do this!!! The second after he has gone, and all means of communication with him is lost, the rest of the band decides it is time to go poop…
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