In this Preshow Rituals segment, the indie pop duo, TENDER, reveals what they do before taking the stage. You can check out the rituals, after the break.
We have done our last 3 US tours in an RV, without a trailer, so it’s crammed full of all our gear. I’m always in the ‘Crows Nest’ bunk above the driver, sharing it with a bass amp and a kick drum, which the other guys laugh about, but they haven’t realised there’s a great little extractor fan up there which is one of the only cool spots in there on a warm day/night.
We typically get to a venue late afternoon, then there’s a rush to get all the stuff out of the RV, amps in cupboards, keyboards in the bathroom etc. Then we get to work and do a soundcheck.
Next up, while the support band is sound checking, we’ll locate the best ramen spot in the area and head there, more often than not. It’s been the most agreeable food we can find before going onstage. Mostly water right?! We’ve done BBQs in Nashville and Kansas City before which almost finished us off before we could play a note!
We’ll usually drink one or two beers just to loosen us up while watching the support band from the crowd. A benefit of being absolute nobodies at this point. :)
We’ll then do a short vocal warm-up backstage after a line check and sorting out our in-ear monitors.
The last thing we do before going on is, each get a gin & tonic ready for the stage. Take a couple of sips, sing the National Anthem to a bobblehead of The Queen and get out there!