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Tristwood: 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. Austrian Tristwood released their 4th album, “Blackcrowned Majesty”, on May 29. Neru, Tristwood’s guitarist speaks how he and the band deal with the current situation. 

Hi! How are you doing during corona outbreak?
Hi, so of course the Corona crisis hit us hard, because we released our fourth album “Blackcrowned Majesty” on 29 May. Since we also don’t have label support, we had to be creative during this time to market the album. For this reason, we worked together with a promotion agency for the first time. This helped us a little bit to reach fans and interested listener groups.

What have you cancelled/postponed due coronavirus?
Well, we are currently working on our EP with the working title “Vortex of Damnation”, which will be released in 2021. But because in some parts of Austria travelling was a problem due to the Corona crisis, so we couldn’t meet in the studio for the recording. That set us back a bit in the schedule. Now we are composing on two follow-up albums to “Blackcrowned Majesty”.  We think that we can start recording in summer 2020 at the earliest. But we can’t say anything more precise…

How the global coronavirus pandemic is directly impacting bands?
That depends entirely on the size of the band. The band members of Tristwood don’t live from the band, we all have jobs. But if you depend on touring and record sales, that’s terrible. But I also think it will encourage musicians to record new albums. So, a lot of bands will release great albums in the next two years.

How are you keeping your fans during this chaotic period?
Well Tristwood has always been a band that searched for contact almost exclusively via Facebook. Meanwhile we also work with Bandcamp: https://tristwoodofficial.bandcamp.com/

Apart from that we send our albums by mail. So, we don’t have any problem to keep in touch with our fans. Many of them are now our friends and have been with us as a band for 20 years.

What will metal look like when we re-emerge from isolation?
I believe that people will again rather develop a passion for LPs, cassettes and CDs. A certain passion for collecting is already noticeable. In addition, the concerts will again be very well attended.

Who will suffer the most after all: musicians, organizers promoters…
This is very difficult to judge, because it always depends on how well bands, promoters or organizers did business before the Corona era. I think that especially smaller bands and promoters will be hit pretty hard. I can also imagine that some will decide to quit.

What is your isolation soundtrack?
I listen to a lot of really heavy death metal bands, to be honest. Especially bands like Earthrot, Ulcerate, Bodyfarm, Vitriol inspire me a lot. That also fits somehow to the present time.

Besides gigs, what/whom do you miss the most?
Well, I don’t miss gigs at all. Tristwood’s like Darkthrone. We don’t gig just because we don’t really see the point. To be honest, I miss the early 1990’s when metal was still real. I also miss the early 2000’s, especially because that was when Tristwood was founded and that was the best time to make experimental metal music.

Do you have any rehearsals during quarantine? If yes, how do they look like?
We are currently neither in the rehearsal room nor in the studio. We are working on the concepts for our albums. I think that’s the thing to do right now. But we are looking forward to record the successor to “Blackcrowned Majesty”.

Thank you so much for your time. Stay safe!

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