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Graveshadow: 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. Rachl Quinn shares his Corona experience with us today.

Hi! How are you doing during corona outbreak?
Hello! We’ve been doing considerably well during the Corona outbreak. Most of the quarantine has been devoted to writing and recording our new record, “The Uncertain Hour”. We’ve been exceptionally lucky to maintain the close bond we’ve had as a band and have a creative outlet that’s very close to our hearts. The overarching theme of the record was “reason within chaos”. It was unintentional, but I do feel that it truly embodies how many of us have felt during this worldwide pandemic. We’ve found reason within the chaos around us, and we persist despite the scary and overwhelming situation the world is in as a whole. (Rachl Quinn)

What have you canceled/postponed due to coronavirus?
Thankfully we have not had to cancel any direct shows or tours. I was brought on as a singer shortly before the pandemic, so gigging time was still a little bit off. I will say though, that the pandemic has slowed down our progress in getting back on our feet with this new lineup. Despite setbacks due to the virus outbreak, we feel confident and stronger than ever. (Rachl Quinn)

How the global coronavirus pandemic is directly impacting bands?
The pandemic has directly affected all of us in different ways. We’re all aware that many bands have had to cancel shows, postpone tours, etc. What really is near and dear to my heart, however, is how the pandemic has directly affected the road crew that relies on tours for income. My partner works for bands like Airbourne, among others, and lost his main source of income. Not having live shows was definitely a struggle for all of us. I’m really happy to see that festivals, tours, and shows are being booked again and things are getting back to some semblance of normalcy. (Rachl Quinn)

How are you keeping your fans during this chaotic period?
Graveshadow has been keeping on with fans through social media posts, of course. We’ve all made an effort to connect with fans privately via messaging and other social media platforms. A lot of our fans seemed to really look forward to a post-pandemic release of the record and appreciated that we took some time to answer their questions. While I don’t feel we are out of the woods yet with the Coronavirus outbreak, I do feel that we have done our job with trying our best to keep our wonderful fans engaged. (Rachl Quinn)

What will metal look like when we re-emerge from isolation?
Metal fans are some of the most resilient people I have ever met. I think after we’re through the outbreak a lot of artists are going to owe a ton to their fans. We certainly owe a lot to ours that stuck with us through everything. Heavy metal is going to be stronger than ever, thanks to the people that support it. I have no doubt that there will still be restrictions and small annoyances. However, the people that are in the thick of it won’t ever abandon us, and that’s why I feel confident in carrying on. (Rachl Quinn)

Who will suffer the most after all: musicians, organizers promoters…
That’s a hard question to answer because I think everyone has suffered in many different ways. Touring musicians and crew have essentially had their main source of income pulled out from under them, and that has not been easy. The teams that support artists like management, PR, booking, etc. have all lost their fair share of income as well. I think we’ve all collectively been in a state of suffering. It’s for this reason that we must band together and be collectively supportive from this point forward. (Rachl Quinn)

What is your isolation soundtrack?
I’ve listened to a lot of different records over quarantine, however, I will tell you my favorites. I went back to my roots and dove into Dokken’s “Under Lock and Key”. That was the album that first got me into heavy metal, and listening to it again is a true nostalgia factor. “The Battle of Los Angeles” by Rage Against the Machine has been on my list as well. RATM is one of those bands that I adore, and some days I really just need something angry to listen to. (Rachl Quinn)

Besides gigs, what/whom do you miss the most?
I miss meeting new people. I’m not incredibly extroverted, but a lot of my life is spent shaking hands and having conversations with like-minded fans. Losing that sense of community has been a huge blow to all of us. I hope that we can rebuild that and capture the magic of the heavy metal community once again. There’s just something comforting about being around a bunch of people that have the same interests. They sympathize with your struggles, they cheer you on in your accomplishments, and at the end of the day, they have your back. I really miss that. (Rachl Quinn)

Do you have any rehearsals during quarantine? If yes, how do they look like?
Rehearsals have consisted of most of the band, minus myself, meeting in California and rehearsing. This was only really possible, however, once vaccinations were rolled out and we knew it was safe. Throughout this entire quarantine, I’ve been rehearsing for a few hours at home by myself, because I cannot be in person with my band. This consists of blocking out the material I have to run, filming myself, performing the material, and then reviewing the footage so I can write notes and fix mistakes. It’s an exhausting but necessary process. (Rachl Quinn)

Thank you so much for your time. Stay safe!

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