But those effects have been stripped away for the most important performances of their career.
On May 1st 2011, SONOS raised $26,162 through Kickstarter.com, a website in which creators seek public financial support, often in exchange for rewards such as recognition and discounted products.
Prior to the fundraising, SONOS fans had already become enamored with the group's heavy use of effects like distortion, delay, reverb and octavizer in their live show. Fans supported the equipment upgrade to help SONOS move further down a musical path that had already come to define the group's edgy sound.
But on Monday, September 26th at 8pm, when millions watch the group's most important show, SONOS won't be able to use those effects.
When it was publicly announced in August 2011 that NBC had selected SONOS as one of 16 competing groups on "The Sing-Off" season 3, a televised a cappella reality competition show, fans were excited about the new twist the sound of the show might take.
But in an email to their supporters, dated 8-23-11, SONOS reported their disappointment: "Unfortunately the network would not allow us to use our effects pedals in the competition in order to keep everything fair & balanced ..."
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