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Illuminated Minerva: 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. Matt Petti, bassist of  Progressive Ambient Metal band, Illuminated Minerva, announces “Enigma Adamantine” on September 25th, 2020 and speaks their Canadian story.

Hi! How are you doing during corona outbreak?
I haven’t had to collect my loose hair and bundle it together as a toilet paper alternative, yet, so all things considered I’m doing good!

What have you cancelled/postponed due coronavirus?
So far it’s mostly just been some light travel plans in BC earlier in the year. That and any live show that might have come through town.

How the global coronavirus pandemic is directly impacting bands?
I think all bands that play live are experiencing severe withdrawals from that sweet sweet sweaty goodness that is performing for fans. Other than that, we live in a digital age so writing, distributing music, and communicating are all still possible. Bands who were smart enough to quarantine together in the jam pad are probably succeeding the most in these hard times.

How are you keeping your fans during this chaotic period?
We’re currently trying to keep them entertained! We’re crazy enough to unleash our new full-length album “Enigma Adamantine” on September 25th, 2020, chaos is damned! We’ve already unveiled a new song from the album called “Sightings” which can be found on all streaming platforms. There is also a new music video that we’ve put out for “Sightings” on youtube, Facebook, and Instagram, so not just a treat for the ears. 

What will metal look like when we re-emerge from isolation?
Metal will look just like a vicious bear as it comes out of hibernation. Confused, slim at first, very angry, and then as Metal grows back and becomes its former self, it will once again reign supreme in the wild land that is the music industry. Ready to fuck shit up if anything crosses its path.

Who will suffer the most after all: musicians, organizers promoters…
I think that live music venues and promoters will probably suffer the most. Some venues are able to pivot slightly and focus on food services, but realistically until the venues can be filled and concert revenue and liquor sales can continue, it’ll be hard times for them. If you know of a venue you want to continue support, purchase food, or tune into any isolated video shows you can. It all helps!

What is your isolation soundtrack?
My Isolation soundtrack is mostly comprised of the new albums “I let it in and it took everything” by Loathe and “Fluid Existential Inversions” by Intronaut. When I’m not listening to that I just have a looped soundtrack of Mac and Cheese being stirred mixed with pigs screaming.

Besides gigs, what/whom do you miss the most?
I miss seeing my family and attending social gatherings. We’re getting back to where some contact is possible but it’s not really the same as it was just yet. I mean, hugging someone from 2 meters away was really hard at first…. but ever since I duct-taped hockey sticks to my arms I can pretty much hug anything. I’m probably just going to keep 2-meter hugging people even after this is all over. I think it’ll work in a mosh pit too!

Do you have any rehearsals during quarantine? If yes, how do they look like?
Currently no! But that has more to do with a jam pad move right as the lockdown started. We’ll be back in action soon hopefully! Crammed into a heavily insulated garage with our amps way too loud, pissing off neighbors whose houses face the garage door itself. It’ll be just like normal. Our drummer gets a T-shirt sweat stain on his chest and stomach that ends up looking like a smiley face. I miss it.

Thank you so much for your time. Stay safe!


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