Being In A Band During The COVID-19 Pandemic Catching Up With Colorado's 'Heartsick Heroine' July 29th, 2020 • Pandemic Band Interview #32
Metal Pulp And Paper: Hello Hannah Maddox. Thank you for taking the time to answer some questions for Metal Pulp And Paper. We appreciate it. So, how have you been holding up during this global pandemic and lockdown?
Hannah Maddox: Pretty well, all things considered! The band has been using the time to write and plan the release of our first two albums.
MPAP: 2020, the year when almost every concert or music festival has been postponed or canceled until 2021. And 2020 was supposed to be the year of some big reunions. Everyone was excited to see the Rage Against The Machine and the My Chemical Romance tours. So, let’s back up and go over the first five months of 2020, the beginning of a new decade. There was the possibility of World War III happening. There were deadly bushfires in Australia. Then we had the acquittals in the Trump impeachment trials. Prince Harry and Meghan decided to step away from the royal family, and NBA legend Kobe Bryant, and his daughter, along with seven others, unfortunately, died in a helicopter crash in California. The deadly worldwide COVID-19 virus. And then, get this, we even had the Pentagon officially releasing UFO videos. So, what did you have planned for the year before all this madness began? Before all the toilet paper hoarding?
Hannah: We had planned to do some touring with our good friends in Cold Kingdom from Minnesota. Allen and I, did our fair share of touring in our previous band, Scarlet Canary. Playing 100+ shows a year and touring year long, we were excited to get back on the road with a truly talented band that we have had many drunken fun times with. But that's not happening. We are settling for a cover collab with them. And sending NSFW FB messages to each other late at night. Well that last part is more Allen than me.
MPAP: This coronavirus has been devastating to everyone around the globe. By mid-March, the coronavirus pandemic had brought the multibillion-dollar concert industry to a screeching halt. Now two months later, Sammy Hagar, from The Circle, ex Van Halen, says concerts can’t wait for a COVID-19 vaccine. Of course, every band wants their fans to be safe, but when your only source of a major income is concerts, it hurts when you have to postpone or cancel a tour. A vaccine could take 12 to 18 months. Do you think he’s right for saying concerts can’t wait any longer?
Hannah: Yes. But I also think that the way the industry is set up means that even if shows opened again for larger drawing acts, ticket companies will get their cut before artists do, if at all. They will suffer, just like local venues will. But I can tell you this, people will be less likely to complain about a Wednesday night show going 'too late'.
MPAP: The experts warn there will be no moshing or crowd surfing when concerts finally return. (Laughing) Who are these experts, and obviously they have never attended a metal music show, right? They say moshing and crowd surfing are violations of social distancing and must be absolutely prohibited during this pandemic. What are your thoughts? Can you have a metal show with no moshing and crowd surfing?
Hannah: People should be able to enjoy a show they attend however they want. Wall huggers, bar fly’s, moshers, or backstage hangers… you do you. Me, I’ll be moshing. Music is a physical sport, not just an auditory one.
MPAP: Do you think the fans will even follow those rules?
Hannah: Nope. And even if they want to, get some liquor in them during an 80s cover band set and they will start drunk whispering in your ear in no time.
MPAP: With the exception of a megaband like Metallica, or even Iron Maiden, the coronavirus is hitting most musicians pretty hard, what have you or your band been doing to get through this crisis?
Hannah: We are fortunate that we can connect with our fan base digitally. Also, this band is just starting, so we need to write and put out new music. We have been able to capitalize on this time to focus on writing, recording, and putting together everything that happens behind the scenes.
MPAP: Lzzy Hale, frontwoman for the rock band Halestorm, recently posted on her social media, saying, 'most bands won’t make it out of this.' Do you agree with this? Do you think some bands will go out of business like a lot of restaurants are during this pandemic?
Hannah: When digitally streamed music hit the scene, musicians feared they would fail. We adapted. Like many different events throughout time in the music industry, bands will find a way to persevere and management will find a way to make money off of it. I think some bands will fold, but the ones that make it through will be stronger for it.
MPAP: Other than not being able to play live music and go out on tour, how else has the coronavirus affected you?
Hannah: Mainly, our hearts are breaking for our favorite local venues across the US who are being forced to close their doors and our friends in the industry who are suffering.
MPAP: We hope this all ends soon, and we can all get back to a venue and watch some good live music while having an overpriced beer. We hope you stay safe and stay healthy. On behalf of myself, and Metal Pulp And Paper, thank you, Hannah, for doing this interview. One last question before we bring this to a close. Are you prepared for the murder hornets that have recently entered the U.S.? Geez, we are only halfway through the year, so far, can only imagine what’s next, right?
Hannah: I (hannah) am a 90s kid. I know how to handle big ass wasps. A Bug’s life taught me everything I need to know. Bring it.