In Corona Corner, we are asking musicians how the outbreak has effected them, how did they adapt to the situation, what did they learn. James Todd, lead vocalist of Abandoned Souls, describes the band’s sound as “powerful, heavy, rhythmic, melodic, personal.” Read his personal Corona story.
Hi! How are you doing during corona outbreak?
Doing as well as can be. Trying to stay positive and get back to recording the rest of our music that we were working on right before the shutdown happened.
What have you cancelled/postponed due coronavirus?
Well, as I somewhat hit on in the previous question, we cancelled our recording sessions for our new songs. We were already on a break from shows to go into the studio, so no cancellations there. We were doing pre-production for new stuff and had tracked drums and bass for, “Blinding Darkness” and then, the lockdown.
How the global coronavirus pandemic is directly impacting bands?
Bands and the entertainment industry as a whole have really been hit hard. Everyone has, but it seems that bands and performers of all kinds have been forgotten about by the government and are getting little help. There is no way to know when bands can start touring again or festivals happening and generally any event where people have to gather in larger numbers. It’s not just the bands, but the crews and all the other people that are employed by venues, production companies, agencies etc. When bands can start touring again, there will be a lot fewer venues than before unfortunately.
How are you keeping your fans during this chaotic period?
We just released a new single, “Blinding Darkness.” On Oct. 9 and we also have a new video that came out for it on Oct. 16. It’s been tough dealing with this and staying safe while trying to figure out what we can do to stay connected with our fans. We have other people in our lives that are high risk so we need to be extra careful with what we do.
What will metal look like when we re-emerge from isolation?
Well, one thing is for sure, there is going to be a hell of a lot of new music coming out. Hopefully, things can get somewhat close to how they use to be as far as touring and playing shows. Hopefully, this whole thing will give people an even deeper appreciation for being able to see live shows, and therefore people will get out more to see the bands they like.
Who will suffer the most after all: musicians, organizers promoters…
It’s really hard to say. Everyone is going to suffer from this. The bands, the fans, promoters, venues, employees. It really is exponential and long-reaching. I just hope everyone gets through this ok and we all can get back to doing what it is we love.
What is your isolation soundtrack?
Well since I spent a large amount of my isolation mixing and mastering our current single, I would have to say, “Blinding Darkness.” It is definitely the song I heard the most during my isolation time.
Besides gigs, what/whom do you miss the most?
Miss being able to see family and friends whenever and however we want. Also being able to interact with friends and fans at shows. Just in general, really miss living life how we use to.
Do you have any rehearsals during quarantine? If yes, how do they look like?
The only time we have got together with the whole band since covid was to shoot the video for Blinding Darkness. It was in a good size space with a huge garage door we could keep open. There have been a few beers shared on the deck over the summer with me and the guys individually.
We have a bunch of new music we are going to get back to recording very soon. However, it will be done a bit differently than before. Since we have already demoed this music I will have just our drummer Tom over to the studio to track his drums. The guitar, Derek can track at his studio and then send me his tracks to re-amp in the studio thru his amp. Then Reagan will come over to track bass. Whoever is in the studio will have to wear a mask. Then it’s all my vocals and mixing and mastering, which is all done by me.