In Corona Corner, we are asking musicians how the outbreak has effected them, how did they adapt to the situation, what did they learn. Eddie Dec, drummer of Burned In Effigy, shares his Corona experience with us today.
Hi! How are you doing during corona outbreak?
We’ve been doing pretty well, all things considered. We’ve kept busy with work and band duties, and our hobbies in our spare time. While preparing for our album release, we’ve also been working on new music. Outside of that, we’ve been spending time on our hobbies, which range from cooking to video games to collecting 80s wrestling figures.
What have you cancelled/postponed due to coronavirus?
We didn’t have to cancel any shows, but it did delay the final steps of recording our upcoming album. Luckily, we were able to finish up recording after not too long and finish up mixing and mastering. We’re excited to get back in the scene and start playing shows again.
How the global coronavirus pandemic is directly impacting bands?
Mostly it’s slowed the live scene. A lot of well-known and loved venues have closed down for good, and shows are just starting to come back now. There seem to be standard precautions at all venues in and near Chicago now, and smaller shows seem less likely to get cancelled than big tours. Hopefully things only get better from here.
How are you keeping your fans during this chaotic period?
It’s been challenging to say the least. Shows disappeared and our album was on hold for a while. So we’ve mostly been engaging through social media. We were quiet during the first year, but as the album recording/mixing finished up, we’ve been sharing more and more with our fanbase and aim to come out of this stronger than we went in.
What will metal look like when we re-emerge from isolation?
Hopefully better than ever. People should be excited to get out and see live music now more. We are ready to get back out there and set our best foot forward. Isolation is tough on all of us, but we know lots of people who have been itching to go out and attend shows again.
Who will suffer the most after all: musicians, organizers promoters…
A lot of people were affected. Some venues around us even had to close their doors during the pandemic. Many musicians, promoters, sound engineers have been affected by it all. The whole industry kind of vanished for a while there.
What is your isolation soundtrack?
Metal is great for all occasions! We’ve been listening to a lot of new metal releases, like Archspire, Inferi, The Black Dahlia Murder, Between the Buried and Me, and Obscura. 2021 has been a great year for metal releases.
Besides gigs, what/whom do you miss the most?
We miss seeing the bands we used to see all the time. A lot of other musicians are our friends and it was weird going from seeing them once a month or more to now not seeing them during covid. Of course, we also miss our families, and try to visit with them when possible.
Do you have any rehearsals during quarantine? If yes, how do they look like?
We never took any time off from practicing at least once a week. The worst thing you can do is stop playing your instrument. We wanted to keep our chops up along with working on new material and getting our album ready. Even when we were going through a lineup change, we still met to hang out and discuss the next steps for the band and what we could keep in motion.
Thank you so much for your time. Stay safe!