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The Naked High: Quarantine Story

by Ivona Bogner

In Corona Corner, we are asking musicians how the outbreak has effected them, how did they adapt to the situation, what did they learn. Stoner Rock band The Naked High deliver us their Corona report from Montreal. 

Hi! How are you doing during the corona outbreak?
There’s been ups and downs but relatively good in general. We’ve all dealt with the situation differently but as a band, we’ve been doing fine.

What have you cancelled/postponed due to coronavirus?
We were supposed to launch our 2nd EP and have a little tour to come with it but we’ve been forced to postpone all planned gigs. The EP has been released online and we also have LP’s but that’s pretty much it for now.

How the global coronavirus pandemic is directly impacting bands?
Most bands live for the stage, the tours, the festivals. We’ve all had to adapt to this new reality and figure a new way of sharing our material and interacting with our fan base. 

How are you keeping your fans during this chaotic period?
We try to post as many pictures and videos as possible for them to watch and also question them through polls to interact with them.

What will metal look like when we re-emerge from isolation?
It will all depend on the rules we’ll have to follow. Metal fans are faithful and genuine. Most bands have or will have new material to play. We’re only wondering about crowds and mosh pits. Metal music played live gives energy to the crowd. We just hope the crowd will be able to move freely and not have designated seats because it would definitely impact the vibe of the shows.

Who will suffer the most after all: musicians, organizers promoters…
We think the real answer to this is ultimately the fans…! It’s obvious that bookers and promoters are more than affected financially but music is about more than money in our opinion. Shows and festivals to music fans are their way to escape the 9 to 5 reality!

What is your isolation soundtrack?
We’ve been focusing on creating, writing, and putting together our 3rd EP so it’s mostly ideas, frames, and riffs of new material for us.

Besides gigs, what/whom do you miss the most?
Meeting friends at gigs. The scene in Montreal is very closely knit and shows have always been the best way to gather and enjoy a cold drink with good music.

Do you have any rehearsals during quarantine? If yes, how do they look like?
Our jam room is big enough for us to respect the distance between us so we’ve been back at it since the beginning of June!

Thank you so much for your time. Stay safe!


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