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 Canyon.
METAL ANARCHY: How have you been holding up during the coronavirus pandemic?
CANYON: We have been holding on to fairly regular Zoom band chats and throwing around new song ideas and demos. It was actually decent downtime to get onto some admin based things for us too.
METAL ANARCHY: Have you been using your downtime to work on new music?
CANYON: Yes, a little bit anyway, sometimes Dave and Alex could meet up too because we lived within the allowed radius. Thankfully we are out of lockdowns in Melbourne for now…
METAL ANARCHY: What was the last show you played or attended before the shutdown?
CANYON: I think Dalton went to see Tool just before it all hit last year. Dave went to Opeth and the last band I saw was Karnivool.
METAL ANARCHY: Are you planning to play any livestream concerts during this time?
CANYON: Not at this stage… We managed to fit a gig in here in Melbourne this January and that was such a good feeling after everything from last year!
METAL ANARCHY: Do you think the live entertainment industry will ever recover?
CANYON: Yeah, of course! We all rely on the arts so much and I think this has driven that point home for a lot of people. We didn’t know how much we valued all the connection and these things we all love to do until it was taken away from us. Some things may change for a bit and some for a long time but we will always want good entertainment.
METAL ANARCHY: Lastly, is there anything fans can do to help your band or others that may be struggling during this time?
CANYON: Buy the merch and music from your favourite bands either on their sites or through Bandcamp. Or you could simply message them via social media and let them know that you are vibing with their art and what it means to you. Often that is more than enough. And when shows come back to your area, don’t make excuses. Go out and enjoy live music again. How good is it?