In Corona Corner, we are asking musicians how the outbreak has effected them, how did they adapt to the situation, what did they learn. From Edmonton, Alberta, we have a special story today. Guys from Sionis, the band that walks on the edge between progressive and alternative metalcore, share some interesting thoughts with us.
Hi! How are you doing during the corona outbreak?
Oh, we have been doing fine. Some of us had to take some breaks from work or work from home, but we are still healthy! Hope you are doing well!
What have you cancelled/postponed due coronavirus?
Our first live performance as a band got cancelled a week before the show in April, right as everything was closing down in Edmonton. That was not cool. Not cool at all…
How the global coronavirus pandemic is directly impacting bands?
Everyone is itching to get out to play shows, but we all know we can’t, so it is actually allowing for a lot of creativity to shine through. We have been focusing on recording our album and figuring out ways we can still perform.
How are you keeping your fans during this chaotic period?
We have been posting clips, art, teasers, and extras on social media and trying to interact with our fans whenever we can. We also moderate an Edmonton Metalcore Facebook group, which is fairly active.
What will metal look like when we re-emerge from isolation?
Metal is going to see a surge of creativity. Everyone has time to reevaluate their approach and carefully think about what they want to release. People are going to actually take the time to experiment.
Who will suffer the most after all: musicians, organizers, promoters…
Musicians will. There are just so many more, and they are the lifeblood of promoters and organizers. If we suffer, they suffer, but in the end, we are all a machine, and we all need to come together to make solutions.
What is your isolation soundtrack?
I am constantly going through new albums, even before the quarantine. I would say this year though some standouts are “Sundowning” by Sleep Token, “Ordinary Man” by Ozzy Osbourne, and “Lamb of God” by Lamb of God.
Note from Terence: I have been blasting two albums on repeat since they first came out. “Still Alive” by The Ghost Inside and “Ultraviolet” by Misery Signals. Each one of these albums is powerful and every track on them is amazing!
Besides gigs, what/whom do you miss the most?
I miss the interaction between people. I am glad everyone is being safer now, but worrying about every place you go and everything you do makes me yearn for the good ol days of handshakes and hugs.
Do you have any rehearsals during quarantine? If yes, how do they look like?
We are not in full quarantine anymore, so we are having socially distant practices now. We did take a full break during quarantine though, and even now we always social distance, sanitize, and mask up when we are walking about in public.
Thank you so much for your time. Stay safe!
Thank you too!