The past few months have been extremely quiet here in the Passagemaker camp. We received an incredible initial response on the two demo tracks that we had posted, and a big thanks goes out to anyone who took the time to check those out. We also got an overwhelming amount of inquiries about the open lead singer position and spent about a month sorting through all of the tracks that people submitted. We received a number of great audition tracks from many skilled vocalists, but none of the auditions successfully captured the vibe that we envision for Passagemaker. With that said, we made the choice to be patient and see if we would come across someone who is the right fit rather than trying to force something that we ultimately knew wouldn’t be what we wanted in the long run.
We have been limited to the amount of time that we can invest in the band right now because Matt and I have been working full time this summer and Chris and Conor have been on tour. Recently though, we have been working on writing and recording vocals over the existing songs in an attempt to prepare for another more strategic push to find a singer.
I don’t think that we had clearly laid out exactly what kind of voice we are looking for when we first posted that we were searching for a singer. To be more clear, we are looking for someone who has a raw approach, but maintains maxiumum control of his voice and is either a baritone or a lower register tenor. E.g. Dustin Kensrue (Thrice), Jesse Lacey (Brand New), most 90’s grunge, etc. The ability to scream is a plus, although not required. What we are NOT looking for is a flashy, well-refined voice (Johnny Craig). The ability to write lyrics and melodies is also a plus, but is not required. Basically, we are looking for someone who can convey a lot of emotion and still stay on pitch. Confidence is also a big characteristic that we are seeking in a singer.
This is where Passagemaker stands for the time being. I thought it would be a good idea to put it out there that while we have been inactive for the last few months, we are not dead. In fact, I can promise that we will probably be more active in the next few months than we have ever been, since we are all growing impatient with the state of the band. Again, if you are interested in trying out for the vocalist position, please contact us via email or Facebook and we will set up an audition. Thanks for reading and stay tuned for more to come in the future!