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The Third Grade: 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. From Valencia, Spain, Progressive Metal band The Third Grade speak their Quarantine Story.

Hi! How are you doing during corona outbreak?
Hello!! We are doing pretty okay, thank you!

What have you cancelled/postponed due coronavirus?
Well, obviously our album release party, shows, interviews…

How the global coronavirus pandemic is directly impacting bands?
Economically, mentally… Not only because we were not able to play but because everything was shutdown. We were not able to send our merch, not able to see anyone…

How are you keeping your fans during this chaotic period?
We tried to promote our new album and music videos online and upload pictures, from time to time ask some questions, etc…

What will metal look like when we re-emerge from isolation?
We think is gonna be very overwhelming but we will be very happy when we can play again and do our release party!

Who will suffer the most after all: musicians, organizers promoters…
We think all of us are suffering from this situation but we need to think about other’s lives too.

What is your isolation soundtrack?
Three months of lockdown… so much music! For María it has been the new album of Hayley Williams “Petals for Armor”, for Javier the classical music radio, for Jose the song “Beyond the Matrix” by Epica and Iván has been listening to Pat Metheny. Of course all of us have been playing our new album in circles too!

Besides gigs, what/whom do you miss the most?
During lockdown was very hard to not see our friends and family and not able to have rehearsals. We always have a good time. But lockdown has helped us to create new stuff and experiment with music. 😀

Do you have any rehearsals during quarantine? If yes, how do they look like?
We didn’t meet up during quarantine. We even waited a week or two after the lockdown was over. We are happy to be able to have rehearsals again, of course!

Thank you so much for your time. Stay safe!
Thanks you for the interview! Take care!


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