In Corona Corner, we are asking musicians how the outbreak has effected them, how did they adapt to the situation, what did they learn. You might know them as Abysseral Throne. Anyway, from the heart of Halifax, Nova Scotia, Sean Hickey speaks in front of Blackened Metal band Ancient Thrones.
Hi! How are you doing during corona outbreak?
Hi! I’m doing well, thank you.
What have you cancelled/postponed due coronavirus?
We had to cancel a number of shows and I had to cancel some personal trips as well.
How the global coronavirus pandemic is directly impacting bands?
Live music is the reason most of us are in bands, and not being able to perform in front of an audience. They can’t as easily access our merch, and I miss having the face to face conversations with our fans.
How are you keeping your fans during this chaotic period?
We’re releasing a new album and we plan to do a live-stream in the near future, so they can see we’re alive and well.
What will metal look like when we re-emerge from isolation?
I don’t know if it’ll ever be the same again. One of the hardest things about physical distance will be the lack of moshing at shows, and that outlet alone is the reason some people come to metal shows in the first place. Metal is interesting because it’s a group of people coming together who all like headbanging and going wild, for those people it’s home and to be distant across the room from your metal family is a hard thing for some people.
Who will suffer the most after all: musicians, organizers promoters…
I think the music industry, in general, is suffering it doesn’t just affect musicians or promoters. I just hope this doesn’t discourage new bands from entering the game or labels from signing bands.
What is your isolation soundtrack?
My favorite album released this year is “Punisher” by Phoebe Bridgers, which also falls into my isolation soundtrack. She has a way of painting a depressive situation beautifully that reaches into my bones, sometimes with a faint message of hope. I think hope is very important in times of uncertainty.
Besides gigs, what/whom do you miss the most?
I definitely miss going to the movies and having a cinematic experience. Watching Netflix just isn’t the same for me as a kid who grew up wanting to make movies and tell stories.