In Corona Corner, we are asking musicians how the outbreak has effected them, how did they adapt to the situation, what did they learn. Today we will find out how is the situation in Canada. James Brookes, Evertrapped vocalist, speaks how the coronavirus is impacting Canadian metal scene.
Hi! How are you doing during corona outbreak?
Well, just trying to keep busy as best we can. Everyone seems to be fine but as long as we stay in touch and keep ourselves entertained and occupied we’re good for now.
What have you cancelled/postponed due coronavirus?
Luckily we didn’t have to cancel anything. We were just about to plan our tour for our latest album The Last Extinction but we were able to put a stop to it before we booked anything. So we still released the album May 22nd and we’re making sure to keep a presence going online, but we’re definitely looking forward to getting back out there.
How the global coronavirus pandemic is directly impacting bands?
Touring has got to be the worst impact. Especially for those who were right in the middle of one. Putting the album out is no problem, everyone is stuck at home and anyone who wants to hear it will have access to it online, but not being able to follow it up with shows is a killer. Not only financially, but it really feels that there’s something missing.
How are you keeping your fans during this chaotic period?
Everything’s online. It’s all you really can do when you can’t go anywhere. So just making sure to post as much stuff as possible, release some media, do some video blogs, anything we can to keep people interested and hope they listen to the album and enjoy it.
What will metal look like when we re-emerge from isolation?
Hopefully the same if not better. I don’t know about other bands, but when I get back to being on stage I’m gonna jump around like a maniac! So I would imagine that the live aspect will just explode once we can back to it. Like a pressure valve being let off something that’s bursting at the seams. I would expect some seriously good live performances coming our way.
Who will suffer the most after all: musicians, organizers promoters…
I think everyone will. For example, no musicians, no promoters. No promoters, musicians don’t go anywhere, etc… You can’t have one without the other really, at least in terms of getting a band’s material out there and touring. So like the rest of the world, we’re all stuck in this together and we’ll all have to pull ourselves out together.
What is your isolation soundtrack?
That’s a tough one, especially since I listen to a lot of playlists I put together myself. But I have been recently going back to a lot of stuff I discovered in high school and in fact lately I’ve been listening to Korn’s first album a lot. I don’t really know why, it just seems to fit.
Besides gigs, what/whom do you miss the most?
Being able to travel. Our borders are closed which is understandable but it still sucks. We can’t even go to any decent campsites, they’re all closed too (and I love camping!). Right now I’d probably take a road trip to anywhere just for the hell of it, but where?
Do you have any rehearsals during quarantine? If yes, how do they look like?
We haven’t had any rehearsals since this all started for a variety of reasons based on that of course. That’s also been tough. So we might be a little rusty the first time we get back to it, but we’ll get it back together with no problem.
Photo credit: Frederick Blanchette