In Corona Corner, we are asking musicians how the outbreak has effected them, how did they adapt to the situation, what did they learn. Canadian metallers Sinful Ways released new single “Burst Into Flames”. Andres Chavez (guitar/vocals) joined our column and now you can read his corona experience.
Hi! How are you doing during corona outbreak?
I’ve been doing pretty well. Discovered the magic of vinyl so I started a record collection! I’ve been very busy with a lot of work and working on new demos for the next Sinful Ways EP. Always something to do!
What have you cancelled/postponed due coronavirus?
Oh man, we had to cancel the biggest shows we’ve had to date. Opening for Blind Witness, Monuments, Power Glove, and playing our first outdoor festival. We were so excited for them but it is what it is. We’ll be here when we get the okay to keep playing shows.
How the global coronavirus pandemic is directly impacting bands?
The pandemic is directly impacting bands in so many ways. It completely changed what we considered the norm and it has forced every band to be innovative in how they work and connect with fans. I’ve heard of some bands that basically just stopped everything they were doing as if they broke up or dissolved. I hope that every band who might find themselves in a similar situation finds a way to make it work. Where there’s a will, there’s a way.
How are you keeping your fans during this chaotic period?
We put out our new single “Burst Into Flames” and are trying to be active on social media to stay engaged with everyone who has supported us. We’re going to be going back into the studio again soon to record an EP and will be looking forward to making some content out of that!
What will metal look like when we re-emerge from isolation?
Metal has been through a lot and has endured through many decades. It survived punk-rock, new-wave, and grunge. Now, Covid-19 is trying to kill the metal but it will eventually fail to and be stricken to the ground. The scene is going to be full of show-hungry fans after the pandemic and everyone who was there before will be ecstatic to be back. You can’t kill the metal, the metal will live on.
Who will suffer the most after all: musicians, organizers promoters…
We’re all suffering through this but experiencing it differently. We all have different perspectives, goals, etc. So it’s hard to definitively say one group of these groups is suffering more than the next.
Musicians, organizers, and promoters are all suffering because their work and passion are being directly impacted and their main source of income is essentially put on hold until this ends. I think the fans are up there in the sense of who will suffer the most. No shows plus some bands are refusing to put out new music until this is all over.
What is your isolation soundtrack?
Since I’ve recently discovered the magic on vinyl, I fell in love with Black Sabbath all over again. I’ve been listening to them a lot and I’m on the hunt for a good first pressing of Master of Reality. If I had to go with one or two specific songs as the soundtrack it’d have to be between Symptom of the Universe and Under the Sun. It’s been like falling in love with metal again.
Besides gigs, what/whom do you miss the most?
Meeting and getting to know new people. Making new friends is one of my favorite things about the scene because you meet people with similar tastes and that have the same passion you do. The pre-show hangs with the band and messing around. It was all like a mini adventure before the show. Even just reflecting on how the show went with the band, the personal growth that you get from the overall experience is something I miss.
Do you have any rehearsals during quarantine? If yes, how do they look like?
We have been having rehearsals during the quarantine. They’ve been relatively normal for us. We’re all pretty careful around the virus by taking precautions when we’re away from each other so we can keep each other and those close to us safe. We also want to be careful because we don’t want anything to pop up that will make us lose our momentum. If anything does come up, it’s everyone’s safety first and then we can get back to work. As much as we love doing what we do, it’s not worth losing a loved one.
Thank you so much for your time. Stay safe!