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 Alec A. Head of Ghostbound.
METAL ANARCHY: How have you been holding up during the coronavirus pandemic?
ALEC A. HEAD: Thank you for asking! I daresay that I am doing fairly well, all things considered. I remain ensconced in my Brooklyn apartment along with my wife and my menagerie of animals, as I have been for the better part of a year. I am privileged enough to have a day job that allows me a good amount of job security on top of being able to work from home, and I remain grateful for my health and that of my loved ones. Of course, there also exists a very real sense of imposter syndrome when I take into account my good friends whose entire industries have been decimated by Covid. As Ghostbound only occasionally played live, I feel like we are in a unique position where we can keep existing on a remote level, trading files and song ideas using our respective home studios.
METAL ANARCHY: Have you been using your downtime to work on new music?
ALEC A. HEAD: Most definitely. Apart from prepping our new EP for release vis a vis interviews such as this, one of my DIY projects for quarantine has been to properly teach myself home recording techniques beyond using my iPhone’s voice recorder app to store riffs and song ideas, and I find that I am learning how to do it, slowly but surely. I am almost always working on new music, in some form or another. I recently procured a midi keyboard as a means to break myself out of the need to constantly compose music on a guitar, and I am hoping it will open our sound up in new and hitherto unexplored ways.
METAL ANARCHY: What was the last show you played or attended before the shutdown?
ALEC A. HEAD: Our last gig was at Saint Vitus, here in Brooklyn, where we played with Drownyard, Moron, and Savage Youth on February 9th of 2020. The last show I attended was Oranssi Pazuzu at Le Poisson Rouge in October of 2019, where they played with Insect Ark and Ocrilim. It was a terrific show. I never really get out all that much at the best of times, it seems!
METAL ANARCHY: Are you planning to play any livestream concerts during this time?
ALEC A. HEAD: Not at present. I am much more interested in composing and recording new music whenever possible. I feel like now is the time for creation and self-edification.
METAL ANARCHY: Do you think the live entertainment industry will ever recover?
ALEC A. HEAD: Yes, but it will be quite a long time before it goes back to its original state, if it ever does. At the moment, we are really dealing with two diseases; one is Covid and its various permutations, and the other is the emotional and mental strain thereof, the global anomie that has set in that will probably be in existence for quite some time after we have reached herd immunity and Covid is a thing of the past. I feel like we need to collectively address the latter situation if we are ever going to play live as we did before.
METAL ANARCHY: Lastly, is there anything fans can do to help your band or others that may be struggling during this time?
ALEC A. HEAD: If at all possible, support bands on Bandcamp before resorting to Spotify, Apple Music, and/or YouTube. Bandcamp is almost the only surefire way that working musicians are commensurately paid for their work. Follow them on their various social media platforms and spread the word. A little bit of attention in this regard does go a long way.