In Corona Corner, we are asking musicians how the outbreak has effected them, how did they adapt to the situation, what did they learn. Alexandre Lépine, guitarist of Sanguine Glacialis, answers our quarantine questions.
Hi! How are you doing during corona outbreak?
I think we’re all doing great! The break allowed us to put more time into our personal stuff. For example, I learned to drive a semi-truck, so I could work on the road and listen to metal all day long.
What have you cancelled/postponed due coronavirus?
Our 4 last shows were cancelled. We had a small tour starting in Québec, but we had to cancel our shows in Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Ontario.
How the global coronavirus pandemic is directly impacting bands?
Well, the obvious part is that live shows are gone, but also, we can’t meet as many people as we used to. I think for most bands, we had to reinvent ourselves to figure out ways to make this work.
How are you keeping your fans during this chaotic period?
We’ve just released this music video, so this is part of it. We’re also keeping fans updated on our member’s projects which are outside the band to keep things going.
What will metal look like when we re-emerge from isolation?
I think the first few months will be crazy. People are so desperate to see shows again that the first few shows will be sold out. After those, I think there’ll still be a bigger crowd because we never know when isolation may come back.
Who will suffer the most after all: musicians, organizers promoters…
It’s hard to say because concert places will be so poor if not closed after this break that they’ll have no choice but to charge higher to get back on track. It will affect promoters and musicians which will probably get less than they’re used to.
What is your isolation soundtrack?
I don’t think I have an isolation soundtrack, but I’ve just discovered the awesome band Summoning the Lich which I’ve been listening to lately. Their track Descend is probably my favorite.
Besides gigs, what/whom do you miss the most?
Playing music with people. We still see each other but we can’t actually play together at the moment.
Do you have any rehearsals during quarantine? If yes, how do they look like?
Not typical rehearsals, but we’re meeting through Discord to compose. Most of the time, we all work on a different song or a different part of the song and we send each other our updates so we can give a review without waiting.
Thank you so much for your time. Stay safe!