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 Winter Hotel.
METAL ANARCHY: How have you been holding up during the coronavirus pandemic?
WINTER HOTEL: It’s been quite a struggle. This year was aimed to be a year of releases from us, and we have continued to release all the tracks we intended to this year, but it’s been tough not being able to gig or even tour around those release dates. That said, we’ve been blown away by the response to our singles and we’ve not let the pandemic slow us down at all.
METAL ANARCHY: Have you been using your downtime to work on new music?
WINTER HOTEL: Definitely. We never really stop trying out new stuff, but we’ve definitely had the time to throw a lot more ideas at each other.
METAL ANARCHY: What was the last show you played or attended before the shutdown?
WINTER HOTEL: Last show was the Metal 2 The Masses heat in Pentre. It was a pretty sweet last gig, the first with our new drummer Charlie and it went very smoothly. We saw a lot of folks from the local metal association too.
METAL ANARCHY: Are you planning to play any livestream concerts during this time?
WINTER HOTEL: We’d love to, but we’re currently going through a lineup change so we want to make sure we’re as tight as we can get our sound to be. We also live a fair distance from each other so we use any time together to rehearse or write new stuff.
METAL ANARCHY: Do you think the live entertainment industry will ever recover?
WINTER HOTEL: I’d hope so. It’s looking like there won’t be much funding for the arts after the pandemic, but once regular live gigs are happening again I’m hoping there will be a massive boost in the amount of people attending gigs and supporting their local bands.
METAL ANARCHY: Lastly, is there anything fans can do to help your band or others that may be struggling during this time?
WINTER HOTEL: Listen out for new material from bands and artists, especially from those more underground/DIY artists. They could do with the support.