In Corona Corner, we are asking musicians how the outbreak has effected them, how did they adapt to the situation, what did they learn. Saints of Death will release their debut album “Ascend to the Throne” on July 10. Bassist and lead vocalist, Twan Holliday, speaks for Metal Jacket Magazine.
Hi! How are you doing during corona outbreak?
Hi! We’re doing just swimmingly. Spending time with our families and loved ones. Trying to stay safe and sane during the global pandemic.
What have you cancelled/postponed due coronavirus?
We had a bunch of things lined up in Mexico through HeadRattle Productions like the FMA festival among others. We also had some national touring and festivals like Sludge on the Swamp fest in BC cancelled as well.
How the global coronavirus pandemic is directly impacting bands?
The pandemic is directly impacting bands in all sorts of ways. No touring, and little to no merch sales means we are losing our main lines of income. It’s affecting the whole music industry from the top all the way to the bottom line.
How are you keeping your fans during this chaotic period?
We’re utilizing social media to interact with our fans. We have started the release of our new album along with new music and lyric videos, hoping to keep our fans interested until we can start to tour again.
What will metal look like when we re-emerge from isolation?
Metal is gonna come back bigger and better than ever. Fans are gonna hit the shows like crazy, bands are gonna be more ready than ever to get back on stage and show the fans what they got. Social distancing will obviously be a factor in the initial start-up, but we think that fans will just be excited to finally get to see and hear some live music again.
Who will suffer the most after all: musicians, organizers promoters…
The entire community is suffering. Promoters, Bands, Fans, Venue owners are all suffering. Unfortunately, it is a trickle-down effect that directly affects everyone involved in the industry.
What is your isolation soundtrack?
Twan has been listening to old exodus, the newer Judas Priest as well as Dio. Ash has been listening to Wheeler Walker Jr. and Van Halen. Chris has been into Power Trip and the new Code Orange record. Juan has been delving deep into the Spice Girls catalogue and reliving his younger years (just kidding haha, he’s not here to answer his).
Besides gigs, what/whom do you miss the most?
The fans first and foremost. We also miss our international and national road crews and just being on stage doing what we so passionately love to do.
Do you have any rehearsals during quarantine? If yes, how do they look like?
No, we spent time isolating with our families. We’ve done some work on jamming online, but have mostly been spending our time working on the release of our new album “Ascend to the Throne” available on all streaming platforms July 10, 2020.