In Corona Corner, we are asking musicians how the outbreak has effected them, how did they adapt to the situation, what did they learn. In front of Canadian Bastardized Grindcore band Fuck The Facts Mathieu Vilandre speaks his Corona story.
Hi! How are you doing during the corona outbreak?
Hey! I’m doing alright. Everyone is healthy so I can’t complain.
What have you cancelled/postponed due coronavirus?
We were set to play Maryland Deathfest this past May but, obviously, everything got postponed to 2021. I guess we’ll see if it even happens then and if it’s safe for us to go. I work in the restaurant and bar industry, so I guess you could say my jobs got cancelled too.
How the global coronavirus pandemic is directly impacting bands?
I would think that it overwhelmingly affects touring bands, for obvious reasons. For a lot of them, touring is their main source of income and an integral part of what defines them as musicians. It just sucks for any band that wants to perform live. Fuck, you can hardly have band practice in these circumstances. It just sucks for everybody.
How are you keeping your fans during this chaotic period?
We’ve been under the radar for quite some time now. I guess the pandemic didn’t change much for us in that regard. We just announced a new album, so I guess that’s how.
What will metal look like when we re-emerge from isolation?
Metal is used to being isolated… Metal as a genre, I think, will be fine. My main worry revolves around live shows, it’s really hard to anticipate how things will be afterward. I guess it will depend on how the world looks after this pandemic.
Who will suffer the most after all: musicians, organizers promoters…
I don’t think there’s a definitive answer to that question. It’s one big ecosystem and people are going to be affected in very different ways, whether it be psychologically, financially or anything in between. I do feel bad for bar and venue owners, they will have a hard time financially surviving this shitstorm.
What is your isolation soundtrack?
Der Weg einer Freiheit “Stellar”.
Besides gigs, what/whom do you miss the most?
I miss hanging out with friends and family. I also haven’t played drums since the beginning of this whole thing. I guess just a bit of normalcy would be great.
Do you have any rehearsals during quarantine? If yes, how do they look like?
Just like meth – not even once.
Thank you so much for your time. Stay safe!
Thanks to you, cheers!