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Buena Madera: 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. Young Italian trio, Buena Madera, share their experience with us today.

Hi! How are you doing during corona outbreak?
Hi Metal Jacket Magazine, thanks for this interview. Us, Buena Madera, we felt quiet badly because we were very close to one of the first Italian outbreaks between Padua and Vicenza in northern Italy. Since March 8th, we had to stay home hoping every day that the number of infected people and victims would drop, a surreal and alienating nightmare.

What have you cancelled/postponed due coronavirus?
We had just signed with Volcano Records (memorable timing, sigh) and designed the opening video for the new album which will be released on July 3rd, obviously the project of the video is paused and the various scheduled dates have been canceled, as well as the rehearsals, that we need for organizing our new material.

How the global coronavirus pandemic is directly impacting bands?
Especially in rock and metal, the live part is fundamental, which has inevitably been canceled at a later date. But even recording an album or writing a new one with the band has become impossible. We don’t know what to expect from the future, at least we hope for greater solidarity between bands.

How are you keeping your fans during this chaotic period?
Fortunately we live years where social networks are very present and become a really useful tool to let people know they are still active. Our drummer gets along with Instagram, Facebook etc., so every two-three days we have prepared a little content to share with our fans whom we thank for the constant support.

What will metal look like when we re-emerge from isolation?
Like all musical genres, it will come out in pieces, but to see it positively we believe that when we can start again after all these months, there will be renewed enthusiasm and we will enjoy our beloved genre even more than before.

Who will suffer the most after all: musicians, organizers promoters…
It is difficult to say since everyone is linked to the other. There are people who barely keep up with music and for them what we have experienced is a meltdown from which many will not be able to recover. In a sense, us Buena Madera, who all have jobs beyond the band, are relatively lucky. But it’s really tough for everyone.

What is your isolation soundtrack?
We listened with pleasure to the latest King Gizzard and The Lizard Wizard album with its live/tour video released shortly after, an already excellent band that ranged between indie, psychedelic and jazz gave us one of the best purely metal albums of the year, truly amazing. We also listened more carefully the latest Tool’s album, quite good.

Besides gigs, what/whom do you miss the most?
Mainly being able to rehearse with the band, the drummer couldn’t even play the drums during quarantine, even now we are waiting for the possibility of turning the amplifiers back on. Outside of the band especially human contact, even just one beer at the pub was a two month dream.

Do you have any rehearsals during quarantine? If yes, how do they look like?
Absolutely none, we could only move to go to the supermarket or for other matters of utmost urgency. We evaluated the possibility of rehearsing the band in streaming but between technical difficulties and the inevitable lack of feeling we gave up. We have hands that itch.

Thank you so much for your time. Stay safe!
Thanks to you, see you soon!

 

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