Hi! How are you doing during corona outbreak?
Tommy: Hey there! We’ve been doing well. Staying sane. Been writing a lot, and getting all of our ducks in a row to come out swinging once shows are back in action. Really use this time to our advantage.
What have you cancelled/postponed due coronavirus?
Bobby: We’ve had to push some stuff back and unfortunately like every band these days we have had things cancelled. We’re just being patient. Not much else we can do but wait it out.
How the global coronavirus pandemic is directly impacting bands?
Tommy: I think it’s definitely impacted bands and musicians the hardest. Especially venues. So many have closed during this time, which in turn dwindles down the places to play. It’s been a vicious circle. So hopefully shows get rolling again soon. A lot of people depend on music for their livelihood.
How are you keeping your fans during this chaotic period?
We’ve been trying to stay as active as possible during these times. One thing we did was start a small segment we called “Talkin’ Tapes”. We choose some cassettes and talk about why like them. We do a thing called our “Fav Three” on each episode. So far it’s gotten a great response. (Bobby)
What will metal look like when we re-emerge from isolation?
Tommy: There’s been a lot of bands coming out of the pandemic. A lot of folks were cooking up some killer tunes during these days. We’re super stoked for shows to come. To play and to see. I think shows are going to be better attended, happen more often, and we are gonna see a lot more bands passing through town.
Who will suffer the most after all: musicians, organizers promoters…
Tommy: It’s been looking like venues, above bands and promoters, have been suffering the worst. With having to close down and go into debt. Which in turn affects promoters and bands. It’s been a vicious circle, that is definitely going to take time to come back from.
What is your isolation soundtrack?
Tommy: The isolation soundtrack has definitely been a mix of many bands. Whenever we jam, we’re listening to a wide variety of music. Anywhere from Glass tiger to w.a.s.p. It’s really just been whatever we’re feeling at the time.
Besides gigs, what/whom do you miss the most?
Tommy: I think I speak for most people when I say that we miss the atmosphere of shows, alongside just being able to catch a gig. Seeing buddies, conversing, having a laugh. It all goes hand in hand and makes for the best of times.
Do you have any rehearsals during quarantine? If yes, how do they look like?
Tommy: We’ve been fortunate enough to still be able to jam during this time. It hasn’t been as frequent as we would like, but it’s here and there. Gotta keep those chops up!
Thank you for your time and the interview. Take care!