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TYMO: 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. While we are waiting “The Art of a Maniac” album released, Tim Tymo in front of Canadian thrash metal band TYMO, shares his quarantine story with us. 

Hi! How are you doing during corona outbreak?
We are hanging in there. It’s very nice to be able to play shows again and actually rehearse as a band. 2020 was probably the roughest year because we couldn’t do anything but stay locked up in our houses communicating via Zoom!

What have you cancelled/postponed due coronavirus?
We entered the studio in March of 2020 to begin recording The Art Of A Maniac, and Marc managed to finish tracking the drums! The week after, everything went on lockdown. We continued to record everything else in May of 2020 after some restrictions were lifted, but all of our booked shows were canceled. We were scheduled to open up for Flotsam and Jetsam at The Starlite Room in Edmonton, Alberta, and we were scheduled to perform at Loud As Hell 2020! Luckily, we finally got to perform at Loud As Hell this year!

How the global coronavirus pandemic is directly impacting bands?
Many bands have been put on hold due to this pandemic, revenues have been lost, and many people within the industry have had to look into other industries to pay the bills! It has been slowly making a comeback, so at least the industry is back up and running. We feel that it will get better each year as more treatments are approved to combat this virus!

How are you keeping your fans during this chaotic period?
To be honest, it was very tough during the lockdown of 2020! We finished The Art Of A Maniac and had Andrei Bouzikov design the artwork for us. After all was done, we sat around and waited! In the meantime, we created a compilation video for Sanity Clause, which included live clips from over the last four years. You can view it here Sanity Clause (Four years of insanity)

A remixed version of Sanity Clause will appear on The Art Of A Maniac!

What will metal look like when we re-emerge from isolation?
It will definitely return to normal! All of the shows we have performed in 2021 have felt very normal, and none of us have caught COVID! Of course, vaccines and masks are still required, but it’s a slow recovery process. We are a lot further ahead this year compared to last year, and it will be even better by this time next year. The future is bright! Metal will be stronger than ever!

Who will suffer the most after all: musicians, organizers promoters…
All three professions definitely suffered equally! We all rely on shows and touring, but sadly, none of that was going on! Never in a billion years would we have thought live music would take such a hit!

What is your isolation soundtrack?
I’m not sure about Nick, Harlen, or Marc, but I have been listening to a lot of Hans Zimmer and John Williams during the pandemic. Especially the Star Wars soundtracks! It has a feeling of loss and chaos, which felt very relevant at the time!

Besides gigs, what/whom do you miss the most?
miss the freedom of going into a place without a mask, without anxiety, without wondering, and gathering at full capacity in a place without restrictions. We have been trying to stay away from the news and focus on the things that make us happy.

Do you have any rehearsals during quarantine? If yes, how do they look like?
Yes! We rehearse every Wednesday and Friday, sometimes more if a show is coming up! Our rehearsals are still the same as they were before. All four of us chose to get vaccinated, and we all have our own corner in the rehearsal space. COVID would have a lot of nerve to show up while we are rehearsing. We hear that metal kills it! The world needs to turn the metal up!

Thank you so much for your time. Stay safe!
Thank you for interviewing us. You stay safe as well!





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