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T-Rex Marathon: Quarantine Story

by Metal Jacket

In Corona Corner, we are asking musicians how the outbreak has effected them, how did they adapt to the situation, what did they learn. T-Rex Marathon claim they are creating   kick-ass music and leaving their mark in the industry, not only for them, but for their fans. Read what Aaron has to say on Corona topic.

Hi! How are you doing during corona outbreak?
Well, we’re surviving! Doing about as good as we can. Some days are certainly better than others but we’re chugging along. 

What have you cancelled/postponed due coronavirus?
Of course, we had to cancel all our planned shows for the summer. We’re kind of lucky that we were gearing up for an album release before the pandemic hit so live performances weren’t our main concern but that opened up a whole new can of worms. With the pandemic, we had to rethink our entire release strategy and basically how we move forward. 

How the global coronavirus pandemic is directly impacting bands?
I think this pandemic on top of just messing up all of our income and logistical planning has really made bands rethink what it is exactly they’re doing. I know it sounds kinda weird but I think music has probably been the one thing that’s kept us all grounded during this crappy time but for a long time bands were kind of more focused on growing, gaming social algorithms, playing dope shows, etc… which are all good! Don’t get me wrong. However, I know for me the pandemic has caused a bit of a re-evaluation about what place music holds  in my own life and what I’m looking for out of a solo musical experience. Basically, I think it shifted the narrative, and music (despite already being so) became a very deeply personal experience overnight. No more “cool” bands, just the bands you liked and disliked. I think it lets bands be a little more authentic and experiment and I hope that continues!

Of course, there’s the fact that touring and stuff were the meat and potatoes of artists’ income and the pandemic has absolutely caused a lot to suffer very serious losses. I feel absolutely terrible for everyone who relied on music to survive and now they’re kinda just screwed through absolutely no fault of their own. It’s totally heartbreaking and something needs to be done to address it, but unfortunately, no one really cares. They just want their music without thinking of the people behind it with mouths to feed.

How are you keeping your fans during this chaotic period?
Thank god for social media! we’ve luckily been able to keep in touch with our fans the same way we did before, of course, though now we can’t be inviting them out to shows, but knowing that our fans find some comfort in the stuff we put out makes us feel pretty good. 

Keeping fans has been easy enough I guess. We’re really loveable goofballs and of course when everything first happened it was all very confusing and unsettling so we kinda dropped off the map for I’d say a month or two. Once it kinda sunk in this was here to stay we slowly started getting back on the socials and engaging people as best we can. At this point it’s just a matter of making people feel like they’re there with us and that they’re along for this crazy journey with five friends. 

What will metal look like when we re-emerge from isolation?
I can imagine a lot of people want to punch something, so I hope pits just get absolutely brutal. I think that live shows are going to become (hopefully) even bigger spectacles because now people are craving something from a live show they can’t get in their living room. I think it’ll be more intense, more frantic, confused, and angry, which put to good use will give us some absolutely disgustingly beautiful metal.

Who will suffer the most after all: musicians, organizers promoters…
I don’t think it’s a matter of better or worse; we’re all suffering. However, I think musicians are the ones getting shafted the hardest. Promoters and venues are absolutely suffering, but at least they’ll be able to get back into it the second that live music is allowed back en masse. Musicians, being the creatives, can’t exactly just work out of nothing. It’s going to take a lot to reignite a lot of sparks and the first people who stopped getting paid were the artists. I’m really not sure, and I am absolutely biased, but it’s a very dark time to be an artist right now. Though, darkness does breed amazing art so I’m sure we’ll get some really good stuff from all this suffering (small silver lining?).

What is your isolation soundtrack?
It really depends on the day. Personally, I’ve started getting into a lot more noise/drone stuff (helps pass the time and you really get into your own head). I’ve really gotten into William Basinski and the like so that’s always fun.

Of course, this is a metal publication, so my main “heavy” (I mean barely, but still)  quarantine soundtrack has probably been a lot Pineapple Thief (Your Wilderness if I had to pick one album). I’ve always been a huge fan of bands like Porcupine Tree (hence the Gavin Harrison) and Thank You Scientist and it makes for some very good and intense solo listening. Not exactly stuff you’d throw on at a party but it’s really good when the existential dread of a global pandemic sets in.

Besides gigs, what/whom do you miss the most?
I don’t want to understate just how much we all miss shows. It’s a lot. like so much.

Apart from that though, I think we all really miss just getting together to jam. For us, that was also a time just to get together and be friends and so it was a one-two punch losing that. I think we all also just really miss our local community here. The Ottawa scene is just awesome and it’s really a shame that for a bit we had to say au revoir to our friends.

I think we all miss a lot of things and it’s tough to get to everything. We all lost a lot and I think part of us still processing exactly what we really lost. 

Do you have any rehearsals during quarantine? If yes, how do they look like?
Here in Ontario, the government started letting small groups get together, so we’ve been able to get rehearsals back up and running. It is a little strange after all this time just getting back into it so it is a little awkward at this point but we’re getting back into it! Right now we’re mostly focused on getting our material to be as tight as it was pre-covid and trying to re-learn an EP’s worth of stuff that we had finished writing right before the lockdowns. At this point, it’s just a very happy, yet awkward experience and in a sense, it almost feels like re-joining the band all over again.

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