In Corona Corner, we are asking musicians how the outbreak has effected them, how did they adapt to the situation, what did they learn. Josh Lamison, in front of Retaliate of Anger, shares with us, in my personal opinion, very interesting Quarantine Story.
Hello! I’m fine, thanks, how are you? My name is Josh Lamison and I’m the man behind Retaliate Of Anger/Dizzolve. I work in a healthcare/foodservice hybrid that cares for the elderly for my day job so it’s been busy, stressful and extremely challenging to keep up with the ever evolving situation. My mental health has definitely suffered but it has helped me grow stronger as a person.
What have you cancelled/postponed due coronavirus?
I actually upgraded my transportation on the brink of the pandemic in hopes to play my first out of state shows with Decent News and record/play with Chris Bollinger of Varicella. Partially because of venues cancelling, partially due to the duty to my patients, everything I was working towards, in a live realm, has been delayed until further notice.
How the global coronavirus pandemic is directly impacting bands?
Luckily, my primary source of income is an essential service, so my musical income really hasn’t suffered too much. I feel for the people that this is their only source of income, their meal ticket. I think, the pandemic has a lot of people really trying to change their business model, which is definitely a challenge. Fortunately for me, and in part, my anxiety, I’ve had a business model that works for a pandemic, even when there isn’t one. I rarely play shows anymore, as I’ve made more income with my releases than playing the “exposure” type gigs.
How are you keeping your fans during this chaotic period?
I’ve been giving little peeks at the new record, “Relic”, which is set to release at the end of July. I’ve also been sharing as much as possible from bands that I like, my peers and myself. Online retention was made for the isolation state. Share each other’s works, share your concepts (when allowed) and grow your media skillset. It also pays to pay attention to your global following, if applicable. Even though language isn’t the easiest thing to navigate, it’s very enlightening to learn how this is changing things, country to country.
What will metal look like when we re-emerge from isolation?
It really depends on your following. Unfortunately, the pandemic is loudly political instead of scientific and getting the facts is half the battle. Hopefully people stay smart and respect the rules. Optimistically, I hope the bigger bands start playing the smaller venues again. But that’s also my nostalgia for the 2000’s kicking in.
Who will suffer the most after all: musicians, organizers promoters…
Crew, without a doubt. The people that load and unload, do sound, lighting, run security, if your size requires it. The people that are essential to the performance but aren’t highlighted much.
What is your isolation soundtrack?
My tastes are all over. Being a EBM/Noise/Industrial artist, people are sometimes frustrated with my daily listens. I primarily listen to hip hop and black metal right now. I also delved into Gwar incredibly heavily. My top albums right now are Backxwash “God Has Nothing To Do With This Leave Him Out Of It”, Nova Twins “Who Are The Girls”, GWAR “Lust In Space” and IC3PEAK “До Свидания(Goodbye)”.
Besides gigs, what/whom do you miss the most?
I’m most definitely a homebody gamer, for the most part, so I don’t miss much. I see people upset that they can’t live their normal social lives and I’m just sort of confused. But that’s also just me. I do miss my friends, I’m a very “huggy” person and knowing that I shouldn’t do that right now is a bit tough.
Do you have any rehearsals during quarantine? If yes, how do they look like?
Being primarily and solo artist right now, I don’t have to rehearse much, as my material depends on me alone. I do vocal warm ups in my car to and from work every day, to keep my cadence and to make sure my throat doesn’t think it’s on vacation. Thank you for letting me write this. What strange times we live in.
Thank you so much for your time. Stay safe!