TV On The Radio Sound Off On Their Shitty SNL Sound

TV On The Radio Sound Off On Their Shitty SNL Sound

When TV On The Radio performed “Dancing Choose” and “Golden Age” on the 2/7 episode of SNL, a number of folks, not all sound experts, noted that maybe the band should have spent more time soundchecking because there something was clearly amiss with the mix (ease up on the horns, guys). Turns out the band’s monitors and the room sound had them thinking it was all OK, that they didn’t realize they came-off like shit until they got off stage and friends let them know about it. Kyp Malone spoke to the Canadian Press (thanks for the tip Eric), explaining the situation and offering a lesson in why sound guys should go union, at least if the band they travel with is heading to Saturday Night Live.

“In the room, it sounded fine to us,” Malone says. “We had a really good time, and it felt really good. Then we came offstage and immediately started getting texts about how (terrible) the sound was.”

Malone says their sound engineer couldn’t work at the show because he’s non-union, so they put their faith in the SNL crew.

“I want to tell strangers on the street who keep talking to me about it that I’ll go back in time and be a union-working sound engineer, and also go into the future so I can duplicate myself and come back as two people and work the sound and do the performance,” he says.

The band performed on “The Colbert Report” the following week – host Stephen Colbert delighted in stroking Malone’s ample beard, comparing it to taking “a vacation in a faraway forest” – and the sound was much improved.

“Colbert seems to have saved us some humiliation,” Malone says.

Here’s the aforementioned stroking, in case you forgot. You can read the rest of the Canadian Press article here. They’ll probably sound better on tour:

04/18 – Indio, CA @ Coachella Indio
05/12 – Louisville, KY @ Headliners Music Hall
05/16 – Austin, TX @ Stubbs
05/18 – Oklahoma City, OK @ Diamond Ballroom
05/22 – Oakland, CA @ Fox Oakland Theatre
05/23 – Portland, OR @ Roseland Theatre
05/25 – Vancouver, British Columbia @ Malkin Bowl
05/27 – Edmonton, Alberta @ Edmonton Events Center
05/28 – Calgary, Alberta @ Macewan Hall
05/29 – Saskatoon, Saskatchewan @ Louis’ Pub
06/02 – Toronto, Ontario @ Sound Academy
06/03 – Montreal, Quebec @ Metropolis
06/04 – Boston, MA @ House of Blues
06/05 – New York, NY @ Central Park Summer Stage
06/08 – Washington DC @ 9:30 Club Washington
06/11-14 – Bonnaroo

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