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My Hollow: 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. Greg Gallagher, guitarist from Canada band My Hollow shares his Corona experience with us today.

Hi! How are you doing during corona outbreak?
It was definitely tough to stay motivated and continue pushing forward without being able to properly connect as a band. We were in the middle of writing the EP when the pandemic first started and not being able to have band rehearsal’s definitely slowed the process down. However, we are very fortunate that Sean and I have home studios that gave us the capabilities to finish the writing process for the “Fighting the Monsters” EP and keep the ball rolling.

What have you cancelled/postponed due coronavirus?
Right before the pandemic started we were planning to take a break from playing any shows and just focus on getting the new material out. Obviously, the whole process was delayed by lockdowns but it wasn’t all bad for us as we never had any shows booked anyway. Now that things are starting to open back up, we look forward to playing shows with our new material off of the EP.

How the global coronavirus pandemic is directly impacting bands?
A lot of bands rely on playing shows so they can help relieve some of the costs that come along with being in a band. It’s also important to play shows to not only sell merchandise, but to help promote the music.

How are you keeping your fans during this chaotic period?
It’s impossible to keep people interested when you are not releasing any new content and the lockdowns made it difficult to do that. There is definitely going to be a dip in interest but we hope that with this release, we can regain some of that ground.

What will metal look like when we re-emerge from isolation?
If you would’ve asked me this six months ago, I would not be able to answer in all honesty. Things have gotten a lot better this past month and it looks like it will return to normal. With the mandates being lifted, people can get back to enjoying live shows and social interactions. Playing a show in front of people sitting at tables is definitely not as cool as people moshing to your music.

Who will suffer the most after all: musicians, organizers promoters…
I think everyone has suffered from this pandemic. Bands, promoters, organizers, and fans. Everything came to an abrupt halt when we had that first wave and any plans people had gone out the window. Trying to book shows in between lockdowns was next to impossible as well. The capacity limitations and the mandates made it really hard for any band to even enjoy playing shows.

What is your isolation soundtrack?
I’ve been listening to a lot of: Born of Osiris, Insomnium, Mors Principium Est, Black Crown Initiate, Fit For An Autopsy. There are a couple of different genres of metal between these bands that gives a good variety and every one of these bands is top-tier in my opinion.

Besides gigs, what/whom do you miss the most?
I would have to say social interaction. Being able to go out to the movies or for dinner was something we all took for granted. Visiting friends and loved ones were no longer acceptable and that was hard on a lot of people.

Do you have any rehearsals during quarantine? If yes, how do they look like?
The only time we were able to meet up for rehearsal was in between lockdowns but other than that, it was practicing and writing at home.

Thank you so much for your time. Stay safe!

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