In Corona Corner, we are asking musicians how the outbreak has effected them, how did they adapt to the situation, what did they learn. What do we need these months? Humor, fun, comedy? Sons of Butcher will bring the smile back on your face!
Hi! How are you doing during the corona outbreak?
I’ve been as good as one could be in such a bizarre time. I had been starting various music projects over the last few years and the immediate stop to my regular working life allowed me to finish them all. What would normally have taken me years took me just a few months of dedicated time! It’s been nice.
What have you cancelled/postponed due to coronavirus?
I was supposed to work the Olympics in Japan, doing camera for CBC. Still looking forward to that next year! Otherwise just a handful of concerts and trips I was planning! Was looking forward to seeing Rage Against the Machine! Faith no more! Pearl jam!
How the global coronavirus pandemic is directly impacting bands?
Coronavirus made jamming impossible and live shows non-existent. The strange thing in my case was my band was already in hiatus. Meeting on Zoom to chat actually lead to us writing new songs and bouncing them back and forth to each other. The lockdown actually was a creative boost we all needed!
How are you keeping your fans during this chaotic period?
We’ve been doing a weekly live stream to keep fans engaged! Basically, we screen an old episode of our cartoon show with them and answer questions via Zoom to Facebook live. It’s been a great way to connect with both old and new fans! Keeping them all in the loop every week has galvanized their love of Sons of Butcher and our love for them!
What will metal look like when we re-emerge from isolation?
Metal will be darker and angrier than ever when it re-emerges! The angst of being locked down for months can only fuel the finest new metal music. Once this pandemic is over, I think bands and fans alike will be frothing at the mouth, eager for new music and shows!
Who will suffer the most after all: musicians, organizers promoters…
Venues are suffering dearly during this situation. Sadly, lots of our favourite venues are already gone from the lockdown. Of course, the loss of these places is also a blow to the musicians who need them to thrive. It’s a shitty domino effect, but I suppose musicians lose the most at the end of it all because they lose both the shows and the venues ON TOP of the ability to even rehearse.
What is your isolation soundtrack?
I’ve been listening to Thrawsunblat and their new EP “Insula” quite a bit. It perfectly evokes the mood of these times! I’ve also been rippin’ the new Ritual Dictates album “Give In To Despair”! Also notable – the album of Nirvana covers called “Blessings Of The Highest Order” by Thou!!
Besides gigs, what/whom do you miss the most?
I really miss jamming with my band. I miss hanging out at bars with friends. Above all, I miss my Grandma! She’s over 90 and locked down in a home for months. I still can’t visit yet!
Do you have any rehearsals during quarantine? If yes, how do they look like?
We have not had any rehearsals yet. It was just going to be too much work trying to keep things physically distant. I’m hoping we can all get into a room together really soon!!!
Thank you so much for your time. Stay safe!