In this Preshow Rituals segment, the garage punk band, Together Pangea, reveals what they do before taking the stage. You can check out the rituals, after the break.
I’m going to tell you guys about our most recent pre-show ritual. We seem to do something different with every new tour so I’ll stick to what we are doing on our current U.S. tour. The pre-show ritual has been pretty important to us throughout our time touring. Usually, right before a show some anxiety and excitement builds and you want to do something with it before heading to the stage. We used to do something similar to what Dave Grohl recently said he did before a show, which was taking a few shots of whisky and drinking a couple of beers. We would usually add some screaming and running around. Things have changed a bit now as half the band doesn’t drink anymore, so we’ve found something new. We call it a seance, but we don’t commune with the dead.
We start by turning out all of the lights in whatever backstage/broom closet we’re stuffed into. We light five candles, we use exactly five for obvious reasons, and then collectively take a deep breath. We play a recording of Tuvan throat singing called “Prayer” by Huun-Huur-Tu through whatever speaker we have handy. To me, it feels like connecting to an ancient world, but I’m sure that each of us go somewhere different in our minds. The goal is to settle ourselves and focus. It’s a meditation. It’s new for us, and I for one am really digging it so far.
Who knows if we’ll keep it going, but it’s been really good for us so far.