by Metal Jacket

In Corona Corner, we are asking musicians how the outbreak has effected them, how did they adapt to the situation, what did they learn. Marc Bourgon shares his Corona experience with us today.

Hi! How are you doing during corona outbreak?
Hi yourself! Steve and I were fortunate enough to remain employed during the outbreak which we realize was a privileged position to be in. In May of 2019, we tracked the drums for the new record and the rest was made in quarantine. It was a tough time but it pended itself useful in a lot of personal growth that we both did.

What have you cancelled/postponed due coronavirus?
We didn’t really have all that much planned that got cancelled as a result of the pandemic. I had to cancel a weekend in the winter doing mushrooms with my friends Musky and Luke but that was about it. That sucked though.

How the global coronavirus pandemic is directly impacting bands?
I think it impacted bands that were on more of a touring schedule than us and relied on that income to survive. Steve and I have always been hobbyists at best so there was no real financial loss for us not touring.

How are you keeping your fans during this chaotic period?
Admittedly we did very little to keep anyone doing anything, really. We just took the time to regroup and retool which made sense seeing as the future was uncertain and we are haggard old fuck that need our beauty rest.

What will metal look like when we re-emerge from isolation?
After some of the restrictions began to be lifted it was definitely strange to get back out and play shows. Post-pandemic I think we will probably play less and just hang out and have fun a whole lot more. Posers amirite?

Who will suffer the most after all: musicians, organizers promoters…
It’s a tragedy that so many of the great music venues are now defunct as a result of the pandemic. Toronto was hit hard and now there are only a handful of places that vibe with the underground metal and punk communities. My hope is that there will be an uptick of new places in the DIY vein but that yet remains to be seen or should I say “scene” (note: I’m fucking hilarious)

What is your isolation soundtrack?
My isolation soundtrack was a lot of the Griselda records catalog. Steve had recommended them to me years ago and I finally took the time to dive in head first or should I say GAT first. (HILARIOUS!)

Besides gigs, what/whom do you miss the most?
Personally, I missed just hanging out with my friends at shows. I don’t really feel a natural urge to play live music all that much these days but it was hanging out and making stupid jokes with the pals I love that had me yearning for a brighter day. Now that it’s here I’ll probably stay inside and be lazy. YOLO

Do you have any rehearsals during quarantine? If yes, how do they look like?
We didn’t do too many rehearsals during quarantine. We took it as a sign from the Metal CDC to take a chill pill and relax for a while, which we did.

Thank you so much for your time. Stay safe!
You too, eh! Thanks for the interview!!!

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