In Corona Corner, we are asking musicians how the outbreak has effected them, how did they adapt to the situation, what did they learn. Gabriel Guardian, guitarist and keyboardist of Immortal Guardian, shares his Quarantine Story with us today.
Hi! How are you doing during corona outbreak?
We are doing fine! Just staying busy and staying creative and off the road until things are safe and good to go again.
What have you cancelled/postponed due coronavirus?
We had this long tour in March 2020 with PowerGlove that got postponed literally right as the pandemic was unfolding on the news, crazy timing! We have postponed to Spring 2021 but realistically we are going to have to push it again. All us musicians are kinda at the mercy of science and laws of our governments til we can actually tour again safely. Until then, let’s stay positive and hope it’s sooner than later!
How the global coronavirus pandemic is directly impacting bands?
Really hurts bands! Especially because we all make the majority of our income on tour. When we can’t sell tickets, merch, and so much more on the road, it makes it incredibly difficult to sustain as a band financially. Fortunately we all have been able to work from our home studios and continue to make music and videos over the internet but unfortunately we cant see each other in person and it really slows down and complicates the recording/writing process.
How are you keeping your fans during this chaotic period?
We wrote a brand new album about the pandemic, during the pandemic titled “Psychosomatic”.
It’s about some of the experiences and emotions we all felt in 2020. It releases Feb 12th 2021 and we can not wait for all our fans to hear our new evolved sound. Traditional IG face melting but with even better songwriting!
What will metal look like when we re-emerge from isolation?
Metal will be stronger than ever! Metalheads are going to be going CRAZY at shows when they come back. I can’t imagine what it’s going to be like for everyone in the scene to feel that amazing feeling of unity again. All our metal brothers and sisters in the same room for the same reason.
Who will suffer the most after all: musicians, organizers promoters…
I say promoters/club owners definitely hurt the most. Musicians did get hit hard, but a lot of us musicians can still create new music, videos, and continue to grow. A Lot of clubs and promoters have to keep spending and spending to keep the lights on but they can’t make a penny until this endless pandemic stopwatch goes off. Some amazing clubs I loved to tour are unfortunately closed forever due to the pandemic. I hope no more do and they all get the help and funding they all need to stay open til they are rocking again.
What is your isolation soundtrack?
The entire album! Highly recommend you listen to it from front to back and read along with the lyrics. You’ll see and feel where we got all our inspiration from the events and emotions of this pandemic.
Besides gigs, what/whom do you miss the most?
Friends, family, hugs, fans, packed metal shows with sweaty strangers, buffets, random tour touristy stops, random house parties, watching other friends concerts… I MISS IT ALL!!!!!!!
Do you have any rehearsals during quarantine? If yes, how do they look like?
Our drummer lives in Montreal, bassist in South Texas and Carlos and I are based in Las Vegas. We never have in person rehearsals until right before a tour. We get together and go over the songs a few days before to lock it all in, but usually everyone just does their homework and practices their asses off at home so when we get together it should just perfectly glue. We go over minor stuff and just hammer it all out on first like 2 shows. But lately we’ve been posting tons of playthroughs, tutorials, and more on our page. Check it out!
Thank you so much for your time. Stay safe!