In Corona Corner, we are asking musicians how the outbreak has effected them, how did they adapt to the situation, what did they learn. As they speak for themselves: heavy as hell Canadian band smashing classic, thrash and death metal into one dynamic hybrid. Cale Costello, drummer of Duskwalker, shares his Quarantine Story today.
Hi! How are you doing during corona outbreak?
Been doing alright, all things considered. Obviously, the pandemic sucks and the lockdown is limiting but we’re trying to stay positive.
What have you cancelled/postponed due coronavirus?
We were able to have one sold-out album release show and then the pandemic put a stop to any album promotion we would do live. We cancelled several shows including Full Terror Assault Open Air Metal Festival but have fortunately been rescheduled for 2021.
How the global coronavirus pandemic is directly impacts the band?
Without playing shows it’s hard to promote our music and connect with more people. Also, any money earned playing live always helps finance any future endeavour.
How are you keeping your fans during this chaotic period?
We’ve released a music video for “The Crawling Tongue” hopefully that’ll keep fans satisfied for a few minutes.
What will metal look like when we re-emerge from isolation?
I would imagine there will be some serious shredding going on. A lot of musicians are practicing non-stop and can’t wait to either record an album or get back on stage.
Who will suffer the most after all: musicians, organizers promoters…
I think we’re all suffering together but many techs and organizers and promoters don’t have the same revenue to fall back on as some professional acts.
What is your isolation soundtrack?
The isolation has been lasting awhile.. as a band we’ve been listening to anything from Miles Davis and Van Halen to Nofx and Nile.
Besides gigs, what/whom do you miss the most?
I think we miss being able to go out for a beer together somewhere or have a big party or not have to wear a mask everywhere.
Do you have any rehearsals during quarantine? If yes, how do they look like?
We resumed our rehearsals about 3 months after the pandemic started. It looks like 4 hairy metal guys.
Thank you so much for your time. Stay safe!