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 Alex Repetti of Tension Rising.
METAL ANARCHY: How have you been holding up during the coronavirus pandemic?
REPETTI: I’m doing the best I can given all of the craziness and quarantine, etc. These are strange times, but I’m trying to make sure I stay productive. There’s only so much Netflix one can watch before it becomes a bit too monotonous (lol).
METAL ANARCHY: Have you been using your downtime to work on new music?
REPETTI: Yes, very much so! Working on various musical and audio-related projects has been one of the main things that have kept me going. Tension Rising just put out our new album, Penumbra, on September 7th. We’ve been creating many lyric videos and playthrough/performance videos, and we’re even already working on new music to follow up the album.
METAL ANARCHY: What was the last show you played or attended before the shutdown?
REPETTI: Tension Rising has been on hiatus since 2015 up until October 2019 when we reconvened to start writing Penumbra, and so we haven’t done shows. Personally, I think the last show I attended was in Brooklyn, seeing Consider The Source. They’re a wild instrumental band.
METAL ANARCHY: Are you planning to play any livestream concerts during this time?
REPETTI: We do have a lot of lyric and playthrough/performance videos on the way that we plan to release every couple of weeks. I’m not sure if we will have any full band livestream concerts in the near future, though it’s certainly a possibility. We’ve been considering starting a twitch channel where each of us will do some live playing on different days of the week. Still a work in progress, though.
METAL ANARCHY: Do you think the live entertainment industry will ever recover?
REPETTI: It definitely will! It might take longer than anyone would prefer, but it has to recover eventually! If there are people wanting to go to shows, and people who want to play shows, then there is a market, and people will make it happen. We have to stay optimistic!
METAL ANARCHY: Lastly, is there anything fans can do to help your band or others that may be struggling during this time?
REPETTI: Times are hard for everyone right now. This is just the sad reality we live in right now. For Tension Rising, the most we could ask for from fans would be words of support, and maybe buying our album if you enjoy it. It’s been a very big investment for us, especially during times where financial security is lacking, so any help on that level would go a long way toward ensuring we can continue to put out new music. This also goes for any bands that you may enjoy! If you like the music you’re listening to, support the artist and buy their music or merch if you can afford it. If not, at least try and spread the word on social media. Bands simply cannot survive on Spotify streams alone. Really though, we’re just very happy to be able to be putting out music that we love, and we hope some people like it. For all things Tension Rising, you can find us at tensionrisingband.com.