Time for the next edition of Metal Anarchy’s “Music In The Age Of COVID-19” series, the feature where I discuss the ongoing pandemic with various musicians. This time I have an interview with Fatality.
METAL ANARCHY: How have you been holding up during the coronavirus pandemic?
FATALITY: It’s been tough for all of us. The loss of live music has been very hard on us as that’s our release from the stresses of life. Even writing in the studio came to a complete halt at the start of the pandemic as all businesses were closed down whilst we were all in lockdown. Thankfully our studio managed to implement some really good safety features enabling us to perform completely isolated rehearsals and recordings before things started to open up again. That was an absolute savior for us because our mental health was definitely suffering whilst we didn’t have a creative outlet.
METAL ANARCHY: Have you been using your downtime to work on new music?
FATALITY: Yeah, we’ve been able to really concentrate on writing new music because we haven’t had any shows to rehearse for. We’ve managed to write loads of new music and really refine our sound and our feel during this time. We’ve been able to really develop some ideas and bring out some new music that we’re really proud of.
METAL ANARCHY: What was the last show you played or attended before the shutdown?
FATALITY: That would be our ex-drummer Chris’ last show for us at Bassment in Chelmsford. Bassment is like our ‘home ground’ so to speak. We always get a great reception when we play there and because it’s our hometown there’s usually a few beers waiting for us when we’ve finished our set.
METAL ANARCHY: Are you planning to play any livestream concerts during this time?
FATALITY: Yes 100%. We’ve already played one livestream at Card Trick Music in July and we definitely have plans to do another, maybe a few depending on when live shows are back. There are plans in the works to be a part of a few different things in regards to streaming shows so we will keep the people updated as soon as we have something solid to advertise.
METAL ANARCHY: Do you think the live entertainment industry will ever recover?
FATALITY: It has to. Live music is more than just entertainment for a lot of people. It’s a living, it’s a life and it’s an escape. We in this industry have been through countless hardships and we’ve always come through and survived so why should this be any different. We have always banded together and fought to stay alive and we will do it again.
METAL ANARCHY: Lastly, is there anything fans can do to help your band or others that may be struggling during this time?
FATALITY: If any fans want to help out they can go search Fatality or FatalityBandUk on streaming services and check out all our new music. We’re constantly releasing new material throughout this time and it would mean a lot if people gave it a listen and let us know what they think about it. In return if there is anyone out there struggling and need to talk then we are here. You can message us by email or on social media and we will be there for a chat if you need us. This is a really tough time and we know the struggles and toll it can take on mental health. We want to be there for people that don’t have a support system, or even if they do and just want to talk. We will be there.