If you were granted backstage access to Canadian electro-pop trio Dragonette moments before one of their high-energy shows, the first place you’d most likely find front woman Martina Sorbara is on the floor of her dressing room, hunkered in the fetal position.
“If there is a ritual, it’s Dan tweeting a photo of me curled up,” she says of the band’s preshow habits. “It’s like my body is gearing up for the jump around, or something.”
With the band already touring their new album Bodyparts abroad, Dragonette is set to share their rock dance music with North America beginning on May 5. “The live songs are having a life of their own, which I guess is what you hope for,” she says of her recent shows. “We’re having fun retranslating the songs, adding more actual instruments.”
And while the music may lend itself to spontaneous elements, for Sorbara, it’s the routine she most looks forward to while on the road. “It’s really freeing in that way, because the job is laid out,” she says. “When I’m not on tour, I have to decide when I’m going to be creative,” she adds. “And it just so happens I am very undisciplined in that regard.”
With 28 shows on the docket, there’s plenty to prep along the way—from interviews to sound checks, hotels to what she’s bringing with her. For a real rock star’s packing list, check out the slideshow above with Sorbara’s tour essentials.