OLD LYME, CONNECTICUT - AUGUST 2009: The Love Willows are on a mission to at once rediscover the joyous elements that have been lost in modern pop music and defy the conventions of the genre. A couple in every sense of the word, lead vocalist Hope Partlow and guitarist/vocalist/multi-instrumentalist Ryan Wilson blend retro hooks with a modern sensibility that is unabashedly upbeat. Their enthusiasm onstage is infectious, and they convey their bubbly craft through Sennheiser wired and wireless microphones and personal monitors ensuring the tight, charismatic, easy-going performances for which The Love Willows are earning a reputation.
Their debut album on Decca records, "Hey! Hey!" features many more instruments than just vocals and guitar, and the duo bring that support with them on the road using prerecorded tracks. As a result, the stage setup is fairly simple for FOH/monitoring engineer Jacob Orr. "Both
Hope and Ryan sing, and we
have a Sennheiser SKM 935 G2 wireless vocal mic paired with a Sennheiser EM 550 G2 receiver for each of them," said Orr. In addition, both musicians use Sennheiser ew 300 IEM G2 wireless personal monitors.
Orr was grateful to have Sennheiser's easy-to-use frequency selection while on tour with The Veronicas, who were using at least twelve channels, and The Pretty Reckless, who were using at least four channels. "With other wireless manufacturers, I feel like I'm playing bingo with wireless channel selection," he joked. "Sennheiser makes things much more intuitive and reliable. Before we rolled into a city, I went to www.sennheiserusa.com and scoped out the frequency landscape so that I had a good starting point. Then I used the scan function to ensure that we wouldn't conflict with anyone else on the bill."
The only other instrument on stage is Wilson's Fender Custom '72 Reissue Telecaster, which he plays through a Fender 4x10 Deville. Orr used a Sennheiser e 906 to capture its sound with authenticity. "I find that with the 'usual' guitar mic, I'm always scooping out the same frequencies," said Orr. "The e 906 gives a nice representation with minimal processing. I barely touched the EQ."
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PHOTO CAPTION Hope Parlow and Ryan Wilson of The Love Willows perform using their Sennheiser SKM 935 G2 wireless vocal mics paired with EM 550 G2 receivers, along with ew 300 IEM G2s for wireless personal monitoring while on stage. (PHOTO CREDIT: (c) 2009 Steve Cross)