Berlin (December 5, 2006)–Often credited as early proto-Punkers, the legendary cult band The Monks was founded by four U.S. G.I.s stationed in Germany, recording one album, Black Monk Time before retiring. But recently the band regrouped to perform live in Europe for the first time in 40 years, using five EV Raven microphones for vocals.
The Monks rock out using EV Rave vocal micsThe band’s FOH engineer, Bruno Gebhard, remarked, “I had the chance to use EV Ravens as vocal mics on the recent Monks shows. They certainly turned out to be a great choice! They were easy to handle with regards to feedback–I had to do monitors from FOH at one show–and also seemed to show less proximity effect than, say, the Shure SM58 range.”
Band founder/guitarist (and these days, mayor of Turtle River, MN), Gary Burger, noted, “The Raven looks like it dropped out of a 1950s hole in the sky! We found that it sounded fat and would cut through band clutter without problems. What we really liked is that it was so resistant to feedback and its tone was superb–good low end, good mids and good highs. The Monks play loud on stage and to present vocals through the mains and keep the band happy with monitors has been a tough job for sound engineers in the past. Using Ravens across the stage as vocal mics has cleared that up.
“It took me a day or two during rehearsals to get used to the idea that I had to get right on top of it to get a full vocal sound and if I were doing background vocals I’d back off an inch or two and the balance would be perfect. We were quizzed by other musicians who shared the Monk stage; all were interested due to its retro look, and then when they heard the Raven’s impressive, sound they were sold as well.”
Fans around the world look forward to more shows as every appearance of the Monks has sold out. Burger continued: “When the Monks take the road again next spring the Ravens will go with us. They met every expectation of what a microphone should look, perform, and sound like.”