In Corona Corner, we are asking musicians how the outbreak has effected them, how did they adapt to the situation, what did they learn. Brad Lake, bassist and vocalist of Canadian Sinful Ways, shares his Quarantine Story with us.
Hi! How are you doing during corona outbreak?
It’s been tough, but I definitely got the chance to learn a lot and grow skill wise! I gained a lot of hobbies and focused hard on myself.
What have you cancelled/postponed due coronavirus?
We were supposed to open for Blind Witness the night after Covid cancelled everything in our city. We have a show with Monuments cancelled as well as a show with PowerGlove and an outdoor festival called Farm Fest.
How the global coronavirus pandemic is directly impacting bands?
Because I run a Concert Agency, I get to see how it is impacting the bands from my own band and others. I watched a lot of bands break up and switch members which we did too with our newly added guitarist Frank Lahache who can be heard on solos on our new EP being released December 10th called Darkest Days!
How are you keeping your fans during this chaotic period?
We put out two singles called No Escape and Burst Into Flames accompanied by a music video to keep our fans from missing our ugly mugs!
What will metal look like when we re-emerge from isolation?
We have played 3-4 shows now since the reopening and have sold all out! Our scene in our hometown is going crazy for live music to be back! We hope as the world opens we can get the chance to play around other areas as well!
Who will suffer the most after all: musicians, organizers promoters…
They all do, owning a Concert Agency, the pandemic really hit me hard. Not being able to book shows was frustrating and scary. Being in a band, we lost the chance to even hang out face to face, write music, or practice for multiple months let alone not be able to play and it really did put us in a rut that we were lucky to break out of and are doing stronger than ever!
What is your isolation soundtrack?
For me the bands that come to mind are Avatar, Bury Tomorrow, The Unguided, Trivium, Lots of new great metal came out during the pandemic! I can’t wait to hear the new stuff live!
Besides gigs, what/whom do you miss the most?
At the time, we were writing together. Writing virtually works for some but for me; it lacks the excitement and makes it much harder to get things across.
Do you have any rehearsals during quarantine? If yes, how do they look like?
We now get to practice and keep the neighbors pleased with our new Behringer X32 rack unit, IEM system and electronic drums for rehearsal reasons!
Thank you so much for your time. Stay safe!