In Corona Corner, we are asking musicians how the outbreak has effected them, how did they adapt to the situation, what did they learn. Symphonic black metal band from Montreal, Quebec, Fall of Statis share their Quarantine Story.
Hi! How are you doing during corona outbreak?
We’re doing great even though we’re super fed up with the whole situation, like everybody else. However, we have something super exciting to look forward to and we’re very grateful for that!
What have you cancelled/postponed due coronavirus?
Not much… Just our album recording, our songwriting for the second album, our first tour, a bunch of shows, all our jams and our videoclips. Other than that, we’re on schedule.
How the global coronavirus pandemic is directly impacting bands?
Local bands have been suffering so much from this pandemic, it’s unbelievable. So many bands have disbanded in our local metal scene in Montreal, and it’s truly saddening to see. We used to have beer coupons and considerable discounts on poutine at least; now we got nothing.
How are you keeping your fans during this chaotic period?
We’ve been telling our fans that new material was about to drop for about 2 years now, and surprisingly, they stuck around. It was just like winter in Game of Thrones… It’s coming. No, but for real, we mean it.
What will metal look like when we re-emerge from isolation?
You can’t kill the metal… Metal will live on.
Who will suffer the most after all: musicians, organizers promoters…
We’re all gonna suffer from this pandemic, but at least, musicians are used to being underpaid.
What is your isolation soundtrack?
Intra Venus by Ne Obliviscaris, Hocus Pocus (1973 live version) by Focus and Eminence of Holy Wars and Creeping Death by The Who, Megadeth, and Metallica (seriously guys, go check it out on Youtube).
Besides gigs, what/whom do you miss the most?
We’re a very tight-knit band, so honestly, it’s been tough to be away from each other for so long. Restrictions here in Montreal have been pretty harsh. Luckily, three of the band members live together (Tristan, Sergei and Gabriel), so it’s not as bad for them. We also miss being able to buy alcohol past 10pm.
Do you have any rehearsals during quarantine? If yes, how do they look like?
We were able to get together and rehearse a few times before filming our video clip “The Cult”, but for most of the pandemic, social gatherings were completely prohibited.
Thank you so much for your time. Stay safe!
Thank you for this opportunity, all the best to you and all your readers!