Metal Anarchy’s Music In The Age Of COVID-19 Series: Interview With Tarah Who?

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 Tarah G. Carpenter and Coralie Hervé of Tarah Who?.

METAL ANARCHY: How have you been holding up during the coronavirus pandemic?

TARAH WHO?: CH : It begins to be pretty long hahaha. It was great to be able to practice and work on some new music but it’s really hard to not be able to play shows.

TGC: Yeah I agree. I was busy writing the new album and making the demos. Everything is recorded now and ready to go. There is always work to do to prepare for a release so I am not saying I am not busy, but I do miss playing Live shows.

METAL ANARCHY: Have you been using your downtime to work on new music?

TARAH WHO?: CH : Yes we actually did!!! We recorded a new album that will come out in April!!

TGC: Yes, we recorded a new album and now we are getting ready to release singles and music videos. Stay tuned! Our first single ‘Swallow that Pill’ comes out on the 22nd of January.

METAL ANARCHY: What was the last show you played or attended before the shutdown?

TARAH WHO?: TGC: We actually did have one show in October 2020 in Oklahoma, for a motorcycle event. It was outside and out there in the country. The last show before the shutdown was somewhere in LA. we were getting ready to go on tour and play for the first time in Vancouver, CA! What a bummer.

METAL ANARCHY: Are you planning to play any livestream concerts during this time?

TARAH WHO?: TGC: We might, but it hasn’t been a priority at the moment. Just want to make sure we have everything set up for the album first.

METAL ANARCHY: Do you think the live entertainment industry will ever recover?

TARAH WHO?: CH: I really hope so!! It might be hard to go back at it, but it will be fine, everybody needs it.

TGC: People are creative. It is going to be hard, but we are already coming up with ways to do shows, whether it is a drive-thru or livestream. It doesn’t make up for it, but I am sure that we are going to figure this out sooner rather than later. 🙂

METAL ANARCHY: Lastly, is there anything fans can do to help your band or others that may be struggling during this time?

TARAH WHO?: CH : Thank you very much for your support!! We have some merch on our website and you can find our music everywhere.

TGC: Yeah! Actually, that is super nice to think about that. Thank you! Yeah, we have been selling merch on our website: www.tarahwho.com. We made a Covid-19 version of our tour t-shirt and it has been really successful! Like Coralie said, any music or video sharing or buying is a huge help as well 🙂

Metal Anarchy’s Music In The Age Of COVID-19 Series: Interview With Ask Carol

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 Ask Carol.

METAL ANARCHY: How have you been holding up during the coronavirus pandemic?

ASK CAROL: Since the lockdown in March, we have stayed in Carol’s home place. It’s a small place in the Norwegian wood, with very few people, and therefore naturally isolated. They have a few houses on their family property, and we have set up a music studio and an art and t-shirt workshop there. We were lucky, we arrived home from a tour in the Philippines just a few days before lockdown. Everything, all concerts, new tours, all cancelled, so we have been stuck here ever since. We have tried to stay busy, but being isolated so long really takes its toll. But, to look at the positive side of this, we had the time to make our first ever music videos, all on our own, and release our self-produced singles. That has been some really good highlights for us in an otherwise weird, crazy, depressing year.

METAL ANARCHY: Have you been using your downtime to work on new music?

ASK CAROL: Yes, we have had so much stuff to do. At first we were kind of paralyzed by the situation, the not knowing, everything being postponed and no travels, concerts or touring happening. But then we decided to make the best of this crazy situation, and use the time to focus on creating stuff, recording new songs, making our first real music videos, making t-shirts and other merch and more. Our main goal now is to get our debut album finished this spring.

METAL ANARCHY: What was the last show you played or attended before the shutdown?

ASK CAROL: The last show we played was on our Filipino Tour, just around a week before the shut down here in Norway. It was in the Open Air Auditorium in Rizal Park in Manila. It was before people knew how serious the Covid situation would get, so there was a lot of people there. It was outside, and a big space, so the risk was very low. It was an awesome show, and an amazing experience. Really glad we got to do that before the pandemic got too bad.

METAL ANARCHY: Are you planning to play any livestream concerts during this time?

ASK CAROL: We have considered doing some livestreams, but we decided to wait until we get hold of some better sound and video equipment to get higher quality on the stream. There’s a lot more to it than people realize. To get a decent sound, you can’t just put up your phone. After our current album recording period that is our next project, setting up a live streaming rig.

METAL ANARCHY: Do you think the live entertainment industry will ever recover?

ASK CAROL: Yes. At the moment it is hard to say how, when, and in what form, but it will definitely come back. Many venues and others working with live entertainment are struggling hard at the moment, so it is important that governments etc. do their part too. It might take some time, but people will always want live music. After watching livestreams for months, it just isn’t the same as going to a real live show.

METAL ANARCHY: Lastly, is there anything fans can do to help your band or others that may be struggling during this time?

ASK CAROL: Keep listening to theirs’ and our music, telling all your friends and others who might like it 🙂 Oh, and of course, check out the merch store and see if there’s anything you like: https://www.askcarolmusic.com/merch

Vio-lence Begin Recording New EP

Vio-lence have officially entered Trident Studios in Pacheco California to begin the recording process for their new EP with producer Juan Urteaga. Phil Demmel commented:

“It’s been just over 30 years since we’ve recorded an album together. I never thought this would be happening and that anyone would even care after so long. All of the support is so appreciated and we hope you enjoy the 5 new songs we are tracking. Perry [Strickland, drums] is working hard on his tracks and we’ll start guitars next week. Going to be fun. Thanks again for joining us on this ride.”

Devin Townsend Offers Update On His Current Projects Including New Albums, A Film, & A Graphic Novel

Devin Townsend has taken to Twitter to offer an update on his current projects. Among them are two new albums, a film, and a graphic novel.

Townsend said the following:

“Update on what’s going on creatively: over the last 6 months, I’ve been working on two ‘scores’ that have become a film, 2 albums, and a graphic novel among other things called ‘The Puzzle’

It’s become a massive project with a lot of great people involved. It’s not ‘song oriented’ and is complicated and abstract. The film has become a tremendous undertaking and we will be streaming it online when it debuts, (along with physical product that is pretty next level)

The concept is meant to describe the last year of chaos and the psychological process it required of us all. The music and visuals act as an analogy for it. The number of people involved (30-40) represents a sort of community amidst it.

There’s two albums: ‘Puzzle’ is chaos and meant to represent the internal dialogue in a fundamentally absurd time, ‘Snuggles’ is meant to be a beautiful balm that acts as a conclusion and something you can listen to on loop to feel better. Both have a film.

The concept of it all, (which I’ll explain in Youtube clips pior to the release), is such that I hope it inspires people- if visually inclined- to make their own graphic novels, films, books etc, using the music as a soundtrack.

The Puzzle is written to be my version of a soundtrack to a kind of universal experience we’ve shared I guess…the movie and books we are producing are meant as examples of the concept…as in: ‘everybody’s puzzle is unique, based on the same experiences’

My work has always really just been a product of a compulsion to reflect what’s going on in my life. If things are chaotic, it’s bound to be chaotic. It’s been a very bizarre work flow, but it’s starting to come together now. Delivery date is March 22, release 2-3 months later.

Finally in August, I will be begin recording my next actual ‘album’ (with songs) for release early 2022. (Untitled so far) but before that, The Puzzle is something very different and really fascinating I think.

I’ll be back to podcasts and twitch streams when the workload lightens a touch here. Be well and thanks for everything.”

[via The PRP]

Stitched Up Heart Planning To Release Deluxe Edition Of “Darkness” With Bonus Tracks

Stitched Up Heart’s Alecia “Mixi” Demner has revealed that the band are planning to release a deluxe edition of their latest album “Darkness” complete with bonus tracks. She told Underground’s Voice the following about that:

“We wrote 70 songs for that album, so we plan to release a deluxe version of it with, I think, five new tracks. They’re a lot heavier; there’s a lot more energy. It’s a little different. The reason that they didn’t make the record is because they weren’t in the lane that we wanted the record to sound like specifically. But they’re still great songs. So we decided that we’re just gonna release some of the ones we didn’t put on the album. It’s a lot of fun.”

[via Blabbermouth]

I, The Breather’s Shawn Spann Seeking Help For His Mental Health Struggles

I, The Breather’s Shawn Spann has taken to social media to open up about his struggles with mental health issues. The frontman revealed that he is currently in a facility to receive help after suffering suicidal thoughts.

Spann said the following:

“Ugh this is so difficult to write.

I am currently heading to the Hospital due to suicidal thoughts. I can’t keep putting my family in situations where one moment I am fine and the next I completely lose control of myself. It’s been getting to the point where it’s happening daily and getting more intense with every episode and I can’t keep living like this. If I dont go, I fear that one day something can push me over the edge and that’ll be it.

One thing I will ask of y’all is if you can toss a couple bucks our way to help cover bills while I’m away. Having one income is only going to make a very stressful situation even harder on my wife and it kills me to know she has to go thru this with me but if we can take that stress from her shoulders I’d be so thankful.

PayPal: ShawnMSpann@gmail.com

Venmo: @ShawnSpann

Fucking Love you guys. I’ll keep you posted as soon as I have any updates…”

He has also shared a couple of updates:

“Little update:

So far the vampires have taken some of my blood and gave me a Covid test that I could taste my blood dropping down my throat from…

The Hospital is going to be sending me to another Hospital where they have very smart people for the next 3-4 days or however long my brain will take to be figured out. I get to ride in an ambulance, so that’s cool I guess. I will be staying in my current location until a room opens up for me. So in the mean time I’m gonna order my $300 dollar lunch and hopefully close my eyes for a little.

Your guys support has brought me to literal tears today…

I know my wife and family appreciate everything you guys have done for us so far too.

This has been the toughest decision of my life but change must come. Here’s to not being Sad Dad anymore.

LOVE YOU ALL”

“Update:

Wow. You guys are incredible and I’m so thankful for you all. I am allowed 10 min of cell phone use each day but Catherine Ellen Spann can read me your stuff while I’m in here as I have a room phone. Your support has been so humbling and I will be replying to everyone asap. Have been loving the positive messages, they help more than you know.

I see a team today who is basically gonna be studying me to figure out my mentals. I will be away for a bit sadly but it’s for the better.

Love you all.”

[via The PRP]

Watch Anthrax’s Charlie Benante Cover Iron Maiden’s “Revelations” On Guitar

Anthrax drummer Charlie Benante has shared footage of himself performing a cover of Iron Maiden’s “Revelations” on guitar. He said the following about that:

“I’ve always loved the Iron Maiden song Revelations, I think it’s the highlight off of #pieceofmind . I wanted to do a version with just an army of guitars, layer after layer. This is a shorter version than the one I am going to do but you get the idea. I changed it a bit and had fun with it.”

Pearl Jam Tribute Band Change Name To Legal Jam After Receiving Cease And Desist Letter

As previously reported, Pearl Jam recently sent a cease and desist letter to a tribute band called Pearl Jamm, due to their name being too close to the band’s actual name. Now, the cover act have issued a new statement saying that they have since changed their name to Legal Jam.

The tribute band said the following:

“We appear to have set the internet on fire this week and it’s time to extinguish the flames. A name doesn’t define us. We do what we do out of love and respect for Pearl Jam. We have always been clear that we will ‘Yield’ to Pearl Jam’s demands and equally clear that our disappointment was only ever of the timing and manner in which those demands were made.

We are proud to announce our new name: ‘LEGAL JAM’ which we thought would be fitting and under which we will continue to perform the music of Pearl Jam in the most heartfelt and authentic way. We look forward to reconnecting with our own fans (and other tributes) who have been so supportive through this as well welcoming the new fans who have joined us over the last week, as soon as we are back on the road.

With love,

Santi, Richard, Matt, Tim & Andy
‘Legal Jam’ (formerly Pearl Jamm)”

Government Lawyers Ask Judge To Deny Bail For Iced Earth’s Jon Schaffer

According to WISH-TV, government lawyers are asking a judge to deny Iced Earth’s Jon Schaffer bail when he goes in front of the U.S. magistrate. This news comes after the musician, who is believed to have ties to the anti-government militia group Oath Keepers, made his first court appearance on January 18 after being arrested by the FBI due to his involvement in the treasonous pro-Trump insurrection at the U.S. Capitol. He is currently in custody at the Marion County Jail in Indiana.

If you missed it, here’s the initial statement that was issued by the FBI’s Indianapolis Field Office:

“Jon Schaffer, Columbus, IN, has been arrested in connection to Jan 6 incident at the U.S. Capitol. Schaffer faces 6 charges including engaging in an act of physical violence in a Capitol building. Schaffer was allegedly among rioters who sprayed Capitol police with ‘bear spray.’”

The U.S. Department Of Justice also released a “Statement Of Facts,” which includes surveillance camera photos of Schaffer holding bear spray. He is currently facing the following charges:

1) Knowingly Entering or Remaining in any Restricted Building or Grounds Without Lawful Authority
2) Disrupting the Orderly Conduct of Government Business
3) Knowingly Engaging in an Act of Physical Violence Against any Person or Property in any Restricted Building or Grounds
4) Violent Entry and Disorderly Conduct in a Capitol Building
5) Engaging in an Act of Physical Violence in a Capitol Building
6) Parading, Demonstrating, or Picketing in a Capitol Building

Prior to his involvement in the insurrection, Schaffer attended a Trump rally in November 2020 and claimed that “there will be a lot of blood shed” if we “merge into some globalist, communist system.”