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Anthea: 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.  Melodic/ Progressive/ Symphonic Metal band Anthea signed to Rockshots Records in 2020 with their debut album “Illusion” being set for release on October 23rd. From the sunny California, singer and keyboardist Diego Valadez speaks their Quarantine Story. 

Hi! How are you doing during corona outbreak?
You know, it’s rough for everyone but I’ve just been trying to keep myself occupied.  Something that has been kind of nice is the fact that I’ve been able to reconnect with so many old friends around the world through video chats.  I may be isolated at home, but I feel like I’ve still been very social!  Also when it comes to Anthea, we have our debut album “Illusion” coming October 23rd through Rockshots Records.  Before the pandemic, this is originally just going to be an independently released EP however the extra time allowed us to really go all out, write more songs to turn the EP into a full-length album, and to really get into the nitty-gritty to get the exact sound that we were going for!  I wouldn’t say it was a blessing in disguise, but I will say that we were able to make the best out of a bad situation.

What have you cancelled/postponed due coronavirus?
We were scheduled to open for Amaranthe, Battle Beast, and Seven Spires at the Whiskey A-Go-Go in Hollywood and we were all very excited about that show.  As it stands right now, it’s canceled, but hopefully, something can be worked out and we can still have that same line up in 2021!  We also had a gig in Santa Ana, California with the video game metal band Powerglove.  Luckily that one has been rescheduled for March 28th, 2021.

How the global coronavirus pandemic is directly impacting bands?
It sucks not being able to play live at all, but I’m also worried about a lot of these great venues that might not survive.  Also for all of the people behind the scenes.  If there is a silver lining for bands however, I’d say that we all have a lot more free time to create something new and special.  I have a feeling that we’re going to have an incredible amount of great new music in 2021!

How are you keeping your fans during this chaotic period?
We just dropped a new single called “Moirai”, and we have a couple more singles that we’ll be releasing before our new album “Illusion” is out.  So not only have we been able to keep the support of our fans, but we’re also making new ones along the way.  We couldn’t be more thankful!

What will metal look like when we re-emerge from isolation?
It’s going to be interesting to see every band’s interpretation of the situation through their music.  I think we’re going to have everything from brutal bands unleashing their frustration, to bands making music appreciating the beauty of life.  As for live shows after so much isolation, I strongly believe that they are going to be some of the greatest memories of everyone’s lives!  Both for the fans and the bands themselves!

Who will suffer the most after all: musicians, organizers promoters…
I think ultimately, most bands will make it through this.  It’s everyone behind the scenes that I’m more concerned for.  I wish nothing but the best for you all!

What is your isolation soundtrack?
Lately I have been revisiting Z2 by Devin Townsend.  Not only is it a badass metal record, but it’s also extremely goofy which is a nice contrast to the state of the world right now.

Besides gigs, what/whom do you miss the most?
A year without going to the movies or whatever is fine.  It’s not being able to see your family and friends that is really the hard part.  I’m thankful for video chats, but that first hug after all of this is over is going to be a highly emotional experience, to say the least!

Do you have any rehearsals during quarantine? If yes, how do they look like?
Unfortunately no.  We all play our instruments on our own time, so we’re still keeping our chops.  But, we will be ready when that time comes!

Thank you so much for your time. Stay safe!

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