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Crawling Manifest: Quarantine Story

by Metal Jacket

Over a year has passed since our first Corona interview. Today, Andrew Gladu (vocals/bass/drums) of Maryland’s Crawling Manifest joins the club and speaks his Quarantine Story.

Hi! How are you doing during corona outbreak?
We’ve been hanging in there for sure. Just keeping busy with work and writing music you know?

What have you cancelled/postponed due coronavirus?
We definitely lucked out in that department. We didn’t have too much on the books when the pandemic hit, so we were able to make a fairly smooth transition into writing and producing this new album.

How the global coronavirus pandemic is directly impacting bands?
Aside from the obvious things like not being able to play live, the pandemic fundamentally changed how we have to go about interacting with fans and getting our name out there. It’s just not as simple as blasting flyers for shows out there or lining a venue with stickers.

How are you keeping your fans during this chaotic period?
It’s been a learning experience for sure. Figuring out how to reach people and get new listeners is always a struggle for newer bands, and the chaos definitely contributes to that. The best thing that we have been able to do is partner with some other bands that we are friends with to build a community of metalhead that are out here supporting everyone.

What will metal look like when we re-emerge from isolation?
I think the metal scene will look pretty different for a while. With venues opening up with designated spots for standing room, one of the things that will take a while to come back I think will be the mosh pits. Once everything fully goes back to normal, I think that metal will be back and better than ever.

Who will suffer the most after all: musicians, organizers promoters…
Honestly, I think that remains to be seen. We’re all being impacted in vastly different ways, and I’m not sure who is going to come out on top after this. Although I wouldn’t mind it if some of the shadier promoters got weeded out during this process!

What is your isolation soundtrack?
Podcasts for sure. I don’t think I would have made it through this shit with any sanity if it weren’t for stuff like Last Podcast on the Left.

Besides gigs, what/whom do you miss the most?
The biggest thing that I miss from the “before times” is that period of time before a gig when you’re just hanging out at the bar with the other bands on the bill. Just chilling, talking shop, and ripping some shots. That’s what I can’t wait to get back to.

Do you have any rehearsals during quarantine? If yes, how do they look like?
Especially, in the beginning, we were having writing sessions over video chat. We didn’t start getting together in person at all until we started laying down tracks for this new record. I will say though, those writing sessions may stick around after the pandemic as well, it’s just convenient!

Thank you so much for your time. Stay safe!

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