In Corona Corner, we are asking musicians how the outbreak has effected them, how did they adapt to the situation, what did they learn. George Larin, guitarist of Australian sonic destruction band Nothing Sacred, shares his Quarantine Story with us today.
Hi! How are you doing during corona outbreak?
I am doing very well thank you. Things here in Melbourne have almost gone back to normal so it has been great to be able to do things like you used to do in the past. Having that sense of normality is certainly a good thing.
What have you cancelled/postponed due coronavirus?
The main thing we haven’t been able to do is play live gigs. But that is changing as the laws here in Australia have eased and things are looking a lot more normal once again. We have been very lucky here in this country although we did endure a five month lockdown last year 2020 here in Melbourne which did slow things down a bit, but now it is almost like it used to be pre-corona. We managed to release a seven inch vinyl single, complete our new full length album and film three videos for the new album so we are lucky and grateful to live in such a great country.
How the global coronavirus pandemic is directly impacting bands?
The main thing it has done is stop bands from touring. As far as writing songs and recording that still carries on but the gigs being able to play in front of people I think is one of the most important things and not to be able to do that is taking a toll on a lot of the bands. Here in Australia the International bands have not been able to come here. Although a lot of the smaller venues around town have now taken local bands back on and there have been a few shows happening with limited capacity crowd wise.
How are you keeping your fans during this chaotic period?
We have been constantly updating our fans with news on our Facebook page. Everytime we have a new song completed, or a new release coming out or some new merchandise we always let everyone know on social media. The beauty of technology, if this lockdown thing happened back in the 80’s it would have been very hard to do almost anything except play your guitar by yourself at home.
What will metal look like when we re-emerge from isolation?
I think once the lockdown has lifted and things are relatively back to some sort of normality, the bands will be as hungry as ever. It would almost feel like going out on the road for the very first time. The bands will be so passionate about it and looking forward to cranking up their amps and playing in front of people again that it will be an amazing feeling. And the fans as well, they will be also fired up to see their favourite bands once again perform in front of them.
Who will suffer the most after all: musicians, organizers promoters…
It’s hard to say, I think a lot of positive things have happened due to the lockdown. Because of technology and the fact that most musicians have some sort of a studio at home, it has not stopped bands from writing songs and recording albums. Some have even managed to jam together over the internet so it has actually been quite productive. But the tours have stopped and especially international bands so that’s where the promoters would be suffering.
What is your isolation soundtrack?
I don’t really have an isolation soundtrack as such because I am always listening to music pretty much every day. I listen to a whole range of things, not only metal. It depends on how I am feeling at the time.
Besides gigs, what/whom do you miss the most?
I think just the ability to go wherever you want. Like going for a drive in the country or down the beach. And stopping in at a bar for a few drinks, that sort of thing. Going out to a restaurant for dinner, you know the things you used to take for granted.
Do you have any rehearsals during quarantine? If yes, how do they look like?
No unfortunately during the lockdown we were not allowed to travel any further than five kms from our house so we could not rehearse in the studio. But we all practiced our parts at home so we could keep fresh with the songs and get ready for rehearsals once the lockdown lifted.
Thank you so much for your time. Stay safe!
No problem at all and you stay safe too!