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 Mick Michaels of Corners Of Sanctuary.
METAL ANARCHY: How have you been holding up during the coronavirus pandemic?
MICK MICHAELS: Overall, things have been well. My family and I have remained healthy and we are very grateful considering all that has been going on over the last 12 months. It really has been a learning experience on many fronts, especially in regards to human response and interaction. We’ve have gotten to a place where it seems things are better left unsaid, for everyone’s sake. However, that puts us all in a position of giving up our power to be who we really are…which in my opinion, is a scary thing. But we as humans have always found a way to prevail…overcoming the challenges that stand before is what makes us survivors.
METAL ANARCHY: Have you been using your downtime to work on new music?
MICK MICHAELS: Absolutely! It has been pretty much non-stop writing for Corners Of Sanctuary. Since the start of the pandemic we have already released four EPs, our newest being “Blood And Steel: Volume One,” a full length album, “Heroes Never Die,” and an acoustic single and a holiday single along with some videos. We are currently working on two more EPs that will be spread out through 2021 as well as our next full length album, “Vengeance of the Fallen,” which we look to drop sometime in 2022.
METAL ANARCHY: What was the last show you played or attended before the shutdown?
MICK MICHAELS: We were on the UK on tour in March 2020 and played our last show in North Hampton with Jackie Chambers of Girlschool. We had planned to go as long as we could on that tour, however, once the travel ban was set in place all bets were off. So the remainder of the tour had to be cancelled. Thankfully we found a flight home without much delay after our original flight had been cancelled. Once this is all over and it’s safe to go back into the waters, we plan to return to the UK and finish what we started.
METAL ANARCHY: Are you planning to play any livestream concerts during this time?
MICK MICHAELS: We have been playing live stream events since last December and since have been part of a half of dozen or more online shows. We have one coming up on May 29th called the Metal May I Fest. And we have a live performance happening in late April as we play the Metal for Autism Fest here in the Philadelphia area. For the time begin, though, online streams are the music industry’s new arena and we are doing what we can to take advantage of the opportunity. They are a great way to stay in the mix and connect with the fans while keeping the music alive. Plus we get the chance to virtually play with bands that we may never have an opportunity to…it’s been pretty cool.
METAL ANARCHY: Do you think the live entertainment industry will ever recover?
MICK MICHAELS: I think that it will. Music needs an outlet and it needs the kind of outlet where a physical connection can be made with the artist and the listener…it’s a one-of-a-kind thing and it can’t be replicated. The industry will find a way…the fans will not have it otherwise. We are all looking forward to live shows again.
METAL ANARCHY: Lastly, is there anything fans can do to help your band or others that may be struggling during this time?
MICK MICHAELS: Supporting the bands to keep their music alive is essential…it was essential before all this began as well as now and even more so after all this passes. There are so many bands struggling for their voice to be heard and with all the restrictions on performing live and touring, many acts have been silenced…some permanently…and that is super unfortunate. We are all in this together. But we as the fans and the listeners have the power to keep things alive. Support the music, support the bands…it really makes a difference. Thanks so much for talking with me. It was a pleasure. All my best…stay strong, be safe and COSnROLL\m/\m/.