Skinny Puppy “Down the Sociopath Tour 2017
Canadian industrial band Skinny Puppy might not be mainstream airplay but they’ve been around for decades and are currently touring Europe beneath an intelligent lighting rig that includes Elation Professional ACL 360 Bar™ effect lights and SixBar 1000™ LED color-changing battens – all provided by VER.
Pioneers of the electro-industrial genre, Skinny Puppy, known for their theatrical and sometimes controversial live performances, enjoys a dedicated following and has charted in both North America and Europe. They have recently completed the European leg of their “Down the Sociopath” tour. The tour lighting has been designed and is under the direction of Eric Price (Thrice, Underoath, Bayside), who, although working with the group for the first time, has meshed with the band to create a design that complements the band’s complex and layered sound.
“I try to put a lot of emphasis on visual depth and maximize what is available on a day to day basis at venues.”
“For the Skinny Puppy design, everything needed to be angular since they wanted to incorporate a triangle projection screen right in the center of the stage,” Eric Price, describing his overall approach as ‘textured.’
The band gave him some very basic direction on what they wanted to see lighting-wise, which meant he was allowed to experiment and do what he thought worked best.
“Fortunately, they liked what they saw! Initially I was using the ACL 360 Bar RGBW moving bar effects as a third level ancillary fixture, but once the band and myself saw them on stage, everyone got ideas for ways to make them more of a focus over the course of the show … I’m able to mimic the shape of the projection screen while also creating windows of negative space, so you can still see the musicians upstage on the risers … It’s a great band and crew, who have been an absolute pleasure to work with!”
The entire lighting package for the Skinny Puppy European tour was provided by VER, which Price coordinated via VER shops in Chicago and London.
“The fixtures have been outstanding! No complaints …”
Price thanks Terry Heisler from VER Chicago and all the VER staff “for all the help putting together everything I needed … The VER team has been extremely helpful and very focused on attention to detail for the entire rental and shipping process. Since the tour was being planned and designed in the states, having Terry Heisler and his staff in Chicago was a great advantage … the transition into London for the gear was a breeze with Craig Hancock handling much of my prep work before my arrival …
Thank you VER staff for all the hard work!!”