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Anarcheon: Quarantine Story

by Ivona Bogner

In Corona Corner, we are asking musicians how the outbreak has effected them, how did they adapt to the situation, what did they learn. From Vancouver, British Colombia, Canada, over the ocean to Croatia and Metal Jacket Magazine! Anarcheon will steal your heart and soul! 

Hi! How are you doing during corona outbreak?
Without the ability to play shows, we have spent a lot of time writing new material. We finished and released an EP with a new music video. Currently back in the studio with Matt Roach at Rain City Recorders, working on quite a few other tracks.

We became maybe more introverted. But maybe that’s what we needed to be more focused. So it helped us in making sure the band remains strong within itself, as a unit so to speak. We did do a few videos, and worked at keeping the riffs fresh.

What have you cancelled/postponed due coronavirus?
We were scheduled to be at several Canadian festivals and planning tours.. all of these got taken away from us.

 How the global coronavirus pandemic is directly impacting bands?
As far as I can tell, every band faced similar predicaments. The quietness became very loud all over the globe.

 How are you keeping your fans during this chaotic period?
Anarcheon has tried to be active on social media. And just trying to hype up new releases coming up!

What will metal look like when we re-emerge from isolation?
I don’t think it will be that much different. A lot of bands collapsed during this pandemic thing, but we are also seeing a lot of new bands/projects emerging because of it. Metal probably won’t be that different but there will be a lot of fresh blood joining the ranks.
Some tragic things we are experiencing are the lack of venues though. So far shows have been doing pretty well despite the cap on venues surprisingly.

Who will suffer the most after all: musicians, organizers promoters…
Musicians suffered, obviously, by not being able to perform but we as musicians can always play. Promoters can’t promote without venues to book.. And venue owners can’t run their venues without music.  I believe it will be easier for musicians to come back than for promoters and organizers. Our world went gray but their world went pitch black during this ordeal.

What is your isolation soundtrack?
Mmmh… Loud tears and spilled wine? Too many to name.

Besides gigs, what/whom do you miss the most?
Beside gigs.. the quietness was actually rejuvenating during this pandemic and is making us appreciate what we used to take for granted. We miss seeing everyone in the scene on the regular too.

Do you have any rehearsals during quarantine? If yes, how do they look like?
Most of our writing sessions were done by having Syl (bass) write something new on Reaper, send it to Mac (drummer) to add some drums to it, send it back to the Gdrive to add the guitars and send it back to so that Kaija can get her vocals done.

We learned how to make this work. We also gained a useful skill and will keep using this going forward.

Thank you so much for your time. Stay safe!

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