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 Death Metal legends, Jeff Longo (guitars), speaks for Metal Jacket Magazine.
Hi! How are you doing during corona outbreak?
Hello and thank you to the Metal Jacket team for taking the time to speak with us! It has been a challenging year, during the pandemic and lockdowns, but; we are managing and using the time to both spend more time with family and focus on writing A LOT of music for upcoming Blood of Christ albums!
What have you cancelled/postponed due coronavirus?
We had several gigs and mini-tours lined up that all got cancelled, we also had to adapt and record our split album remotely. Writing over the internet is a new thing for us too, which we’ve had to partake during the lockdown. We are used to bringing our ideas into a rehearsal room and building the songs that way: the natural old-school way of a band rehearsal! So, all rehearsals were cancelled throughout 2020 – mostly because we all live far apart from each other, so logistics would’ve been less than ideal for sure.
How the global coronavirus pandemic is directly impacting bands?
I think it is impacting more than just bands, but for bands that tour for a living it is a serious situation. They have lost the ability to provide for their families and participate in the work they love. The entire entertainment industry has been crippled and depleted. The promoters, roadies, venues, everyone behind the scenes that makes it all happen – they are suffering and seemingly have been overlooked by governments’ financial aid. It is unfortunate for sure.
How are you keeping your fans during this chaotic period?
Tough to keep up, but engagement via social media and releasing as much new music as possible to keep the fans satiated! Their continued support is greatly appreciated.
What will metal look like when we re-emerge from isolation?
This is a great question and without a crystal ball; a little bit difficult to answer! I am hopeful that fans and bands will be able to enjoy massive tours and gigs again just like before. People will be very, very hungry for it. My gut tells me it is going to be great.
Who will suffer the most after all: musicians, organizers promoters…
Everyone is suffering equally. We all have to do our part to get through this and come out stronger when it has been resolved.
What is your isolation soundtrack?
I have been listening to a lot of vinyl during the lockdown, more than ever before actually. All my favorites, Carcass, Morbid Angel, Enslaved, Emperor, Pink Floyd, Immolation, Bolt Thrower – actually, I have probably been spinning the Bolt Thrower catalog more than anything recently. Also, a lot of Razor! So many good albums out there to “rediscover” during this time. It has been one positive side of the lockdowns for sure.
Besides gigs, what/whom do you miss the most?
I miss being able to casually go out for a nice dinner with my family, or just go window shopping for guitars… I miss being able to see family and friends on a regular basis.
Do you have any rehearsals during quarantine? If yes, how do they look like?
None whatsoever. I really can’t wait to get back to it though. We have been writing and recording remotely. Very strange for us indeed. I can’t wait to get back out there on the road and share our new music with everyone! It is going to be vicious.
Thank you so much for your time. Stay safe!