[photos courtesy of WXPN]
It must be a difficult task to be the opening band of a festival at the bright hour of twelve-thirty p.m. There’s the simple fact that many of the crowd may not have yet reached the venue and also the struggle to get the early-arrivers rocking when its barely afternoon. But the XPonential Festival chose well on Saturday when the Commonwealth Choir opened the show at the River Stage. The band is originally from Doylestown PA but have moved 30 miles down the road into the City of Philadelphia, the skyline of which was outlined behind the stage. Commonwealth Choir are five young men with unbridled energy and that served them well for this early set. As you can tell from the recording, the band was eager to start and made quite an impression in their too-brief thirty minute set. But by the third song, the pit filled quickly and people were moving to the music. Commonwealth Choir released an EP Shirtless in the Fall, and WXPN featured the song “Rest” in their regular rotation. We’re streaming that track below. Its pretty easy to predict that Commonwealth Choir is going places — their infectious power-pop and charismatic stage presence bodes well for future success.
I recorded this set in the same manner as the Hurray For The Riff Raff set and the sound quality is excellent. Enjoy!
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Digital Master Recording
Soundboard + Audience Matrix
Soundboard + Schoeps CCM4U’s > Edirol R-44 (Oade Mod) > 2 x 24bit 48kHz wav files > Soundforge (level adjustments, mixdown, set fades) > CDWave 1.95 (tracking) > TLH > flac (320 MP3 and tagging via Foobar)
Recorded and Produced
[Total Time 29:18]
02 Let’s Make It Right