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Ironstone: Quarantine Story

by Vjeran

In Corona Corner, we are asking musicians how the outbreak has effected them, how did they adapt to the situation, what did they learn. In front of Australian progressive metal band Ironstone, Edward Warren speaks about his days spent in isolation.

Hi! How are you doing during corona outbreak?
We’re doing OK thanks. We’ve been writing a fair bit, and spending time on social media promoting our upcoming debut EP release. That’s kept us pretty busy.

What have you cancelled/postponed due coronavirus?
We had a big Melbourne show planned for our EP launch plus a couple of other gigs that we’ve had to cancel. Losing the EP launch was pretty devastating at first, but we’re OK with it now. You just… get over it. It’s disappointing but not the end of the world. We REALLY feel for bands that have lost a lot of money through cancelling tours. Thankfully that was not
the case for us.

How is the global coronavirus pandemic directly impacting bands?
It’s devastating. There’s no other word. I think we were all prepared to make sacrifices, but I don’t think any of us realized how LONG this would last. Some people are saying things will never be the same again. That’s a terrifying suggestion. I think we’ve all been hanging in there under the illusion that soon this would be all OVER and that things will go back to
normal. We desperately hope they do.

How are you keeping your fans during this chaotic period?
We’re trying to be very active on social media. Where would be without Facebook and Insta? We’ve also decided to go ahead with the planned release of our debut EP. We did think about postponing the release, but then wondered if this was actually a bit of a unique opportunity… to release while the industry is SO quiet. It can be really hard to be noticed as an emerging band, and when this IS over there will be a massive amount of new music released. We hope releasing now is the right thing to do. We keep hearing people say that the fans need music now more than ever!

What will metal look like when we re-emerge from isolation?
We HOPE it will look the same. To be honest we don’t really know. There’s doom and gloom talk out there. We prefer to stay optimistic though. We think the fans will be SERIOUSLY hungry. Maybe they will appreciate live music even more!

Who will suffer the most after all: musicians, organizers promoters…
EVERYBODY is suffering, but we think small venues are suffering the most. We just pray they can hang in there. If they are forced into closure local scenes will die, and that would be devastating. Every band starts at a ‘local scene’ level. It’s the breeding ground for ALL great bands.

What is your isolation soundtrack?
That would have to be our debut EP…. ‘Prophecy’. (to be released on 29th May). Sorry for the shameless plug there, but it’s true. We’ve worked SO hard on it, and of course that means through the production process we’ve listened to it a million times. This release is a really big deal for us. It’s been a LONG time coming and it’s just sucks that it’s landed right on this VERY weird time. I suppose the EP will ALWAYS remind us of this lockdown. Don’t know if that’s a good thing or not!

Besides gigs, what/whom do you miss the most?
Each other. Honestly we’re like family. It was not too bad at first, but as the weeks tick by it’s getting harder to bare. We REALLY miss hanging out together. And we REALLY miss rehearsal. Playing music together.

Do you have any rehearsals during quarantine? If yes, how do they look like?
No. We haven’t managed to rehearse “on line”. There’s too much time lag. It makes it nearly impossible. We’re just all keeping up individual practice at home.

Thanks so much!

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