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Nova Spei: 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. Today Dany Soucy in front of Nova Spei speaks his story.

Thanks in the name of Metal Jacket Team!
Tnx to you! Dany Soucy here.

Hi! How are you doing during corona outbreak?
Hello!! Well, we keep our morale up to the best of our ability, the scene is sorely missed. On a better note, I got A LOT of time with my wife, it brought us closer. That wasn’t a bad thing hahaha. But as a musician, damn that jamming and performing are missing.

What have you cancelled/postponed due coronavirus?
Lots of things … The group composition and recording had to be postponed as well as the release of the album. We worked separately of course but … group work is still necessary. We didn’t have any show in the waiting so, as for this aspect, we didn’t cancel any. But yeah, as for the album… we had to postpone it 1 year and a few months later.

How the global coronavirus pandemic is directly impacting bands?
The scene has been stopped completely and the relaunch is very slow and difficult due to sanitary measures. Booker is afraid to schedule any show for the moment. Scared that the crowd will come, if the government will change any rules anytime without warning, etc. We saw the band splitting because they could not meet each other and jam. Some others just stop playing, thinking that the scene won’t rise back after that pandemic.

How are you keeping your fans during this chaotic period?
We did a virtual show in February, we posted on social media both video and text on occasion. It’s not that easy because we are a band that loves to get close to any fans/supporter. Delaying the album means to us not being able to see them, socializing, performing, etc. So, that’s why, when we got the offer of a virtual show, we accepted right away.

What will metal look like when we re-emerge from isolation?
We have lost concert halls and many groups will not recover. Topics may become redundant in the future if too focused on the topic. I believe that some things will have to be reinvented… As long as the sanitary measures are like they are, it will be impossible to see how the future will be. For sure, it won’t be as easy as it was.

Who will suffer the most after all: musicians, organizers promoters…
Everybody! We all suffer in our own way from the fans to the promoter. I mean… who did not get impacted by that shit… Can we really say that some suffered more than others? To each his own way, we are all in deep trouble. I think the worst goes to the concert halls owners. But still… We all suffer.

What is your isolation soundtrack?
Since we were writing, it was mostly Nova Spei. We focused on our songs to make sure we got the best possible for the release. But I do love to spin some LP when alone in my house with a damn loud volume! My best album for 2020 was Igorrr – Spirituality and Distortion and for 2021, for now on, it is ZAO – The Crimson Corridor. But if I had to tell which band I listen to the most… I’d say any Nine Inch Nails/Trent Reznor music.

Besides gigs, what/whom do you miss the most?
The people, the fans, the human social side. Not to wear a face mask all the time! Damn, we hate these things … We know it “helps” but… Most of the time, I love being at home alone or with my wife. I do not often receive visitors… I am a little antisocial in my own life. But can’t say why, when we get on the road, you have no idea how much I love meeting people at shows, making new friends, etc. I got a great dose of my antisocial side. Now, I need the reverse! Time to go back live and see everyone again and make some new friends again!

Do you have any rehearsals during quarantine? If yes, how do they look like?
When it was prohibited, nope. Then, we were allowed, and yes, we gathered at our own space. It was difficult at first considering the fears of the Covid. It was bordering on insanity at times outside, but the cure (the music) was better than the disease. There was a curfew for some time so we had to end the jam early. One of us was from another area(it was forbidden to leave our areas), so that was the only illegal part we did regarding rehearsals.  We were still careful on what we were doing but wow… the feeling of playing back altogether… how good it was!

Thank you so much for your time. Stay safe!
Thanks to you for that and stay safe too! Hope you’ll enjoy our album Sequentis as much as we had when we wrote it!


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