New York (August 16, 2006)–If you feel a rumbling under your feet–and you’re not in an earthquake zone–it may be that you’re in the vicinity of this summer’s Sounds of the Underground tour. Featuring bands for whom “low-brow” is a hopeless aspriation–indeed, ‘underground’ is quite the appropriate placement of brow for them–the production is touring the country with Trivium, As I Lay Dying, Cannibal Corpse, Gwar and big, ol’ EV X-Line loudspeaker array, liberally blasting into the 120dB+ range during any given set.
EV mics and X-Line loudspeakers are used on the current Sounds of the Underground tour featuring G’war.”The X-Line is really proving itself on the outer limits of how loud a live show can be,” reported Jeremy Smith, Gwar’s FOH engineer. “To be distortion free at these SPLs is not only remarkable, it’s a necessity for health reasons! The fact that we have tons of headroom to spare is a little scary! X-Line works powerfully and perfectly, night after night, and simply sounds amazing. Its reputation for unsurpassed ‘punchiness’ really makes it ideal for this tour: This is extreme, heavy music, and we have the system to accommodate it.”
Pausing to consider the mics on hand, Smith added, “I’m using my tried and tested EV mics for the Gwar show–one of the highpoints of the SOTU tour. I defy any other touring pro to put his mics through such a mess and still have them work perfectly. The same RE-1 handheld has held up for years now, and the heads just need a quick clean now and then to remove the gallons of fake blood and gore Gwar use during the show. There are EV mics everywhere on stage when I mix: nothing I’ve tried sounds better, and they survive the rigors of the road. They keep on working, and that’s why I use them.”