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Bone Tower: 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. Bone Tower just released EP “We All Will Die One Day”. Read what they say about Covid situation.

Hi! How are you doing during the corona outbreak?
I myself have been doing as well as anyone can during the outbreak. We have all had to make a lot of personal sacrifices and major adjustments during this time, so that aspect has been challenging.

What have you cancelled/postponed due to coronavirus?
My other band IBEX released our debut full length in February 2020 and had plans to do a release show and some follow up dates but those have since been postponed until it becomes easier to make these happen in a fully safe environment. 

Michael: Jonas and I had to cancel our eastern Canada tour with our band Pale Ache. This included direct support from the band Surface Wounds from Saint John, NB. 

How the global coronavirus pandemic is directly impacting bands?
Many bands and musicians who rely on touring and selling merch at shows have taken a huge financial hit. It has forced many bands/artists to rethink their entire marketing strategy/organizational structure for revenue and how to adapt to the pandemic climate. (Sean)

How are you keeping your fans during this chaotic period?
Sean: Considering this is our first release we have been fairly focused on building the audience more than anything. We thought that an extra push on our marketing would be the most effective way for us to establish an audience with the lack of being able to play live. 

What will metal look like when we re-emerge from isolation?
will be more livestream events, more multi-layered releases to beef up the product (ie. Knocked Loose’s “A Tear in the Fabric of Life” short film/EP), and more consideration for contingency plans in the event of another pandemic level event.

Michael: The focus has now become more about creating a steady flow of consumable content from the comfort of your home and the amount of content dictating your overall presence. Shows are no longer the meat and potatoes of your band. 

Who will suffer the most after all: musicians, organizers, promoters…
I feel as though the actual music venues will have suffered the most. Whereas individual artists and musicians can still go work a warehouse job or something to hold them over until touring returns, venues have been relying on minimal government assistance and trying their best to still hold small covid safe events in order to stay afloat. Ultimately, they have the highest risk of completely losing their business for good whereas bands still have a chance to bounce back. 

Michael: Bands have somewhere else to refocus that creative energy. You can take shows away from bands and we know that many bands will stay intact because bands can find a substitute. Venues don’t have that same luxury. (Michael)

What is your isolation soundtrack?
Sean: The Blade Runner Soundtrack, the newest John Mayer release, and as many early thrash albums as I can get my hands on. 

Jonas: Lots of early thrash like “Master of Puppets” and “Peace Sells”/”Rust in Peace”. Lately it’s been the newest John Mayer release. 

Michael: “Splinters From An Ever-Changing Face” by END, “I Let It In And It Took Everything” by Loathe, and “Pure Comedy” by Father John Misty. 

Besides gigs, what/whom do you miss the most?
Sean: We all miss being able to travel and to be close with friends and loved ones, and the feeling of being able to go out in public without the fear of those around us not complying with covid rules. 

Do you have any rehearsals during quarantine? If yes, what do they look like?
When I lived in British Columbia last year, I was playing drums in a thrash metal band called Chaos Century and would commute to Vancouver every odd weekend. We would wear masks and still maintain the appropriate distance and I would work on the songs from my apartment at the time with a practice pad. 

Michael: With regards to Bone Tower we haven’t gotten together to actually rehearse the songs. We pretty much have only gotten together to record it and that’s it. 

Thank you so much for your time. Stay safe!
Thank you! You take care as well.

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