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 Ohmwork bassist Helge Nyrud.
METAL ANARCHY: How have you been holding up during the coronavirus pandemic?
NYRUD: For me personally very good. Just followed governments advice, and it has worked out quite well. Working as normal. The hard part with the lockdown is the concerts one has missed out on. I really miss the sights, the sounds and the smells… But now things are slowly opening up again here, so I guess during this summer/fall one can finally go out and see bands again.
METAL ANARCHY: Have you been using your downtime to work on new music?
NYRUD: Yes, absolutely. During this year we have written new material for a new album. We met up last fall to record the new album but did it separately because of the pandemic. We are going to meet up to rehearse in July for the first time since January 2020.
METAL ANARCHY: What was the last show you played or attended before the shutdown?
NYRUD: That was in January 2020. The last gig we did before the lockdown.
METAL ANARCHY: Are you planning to play any livestream concerts during this time?
NYRUD: No, we haven’t planned anything like that. But it would be nice to have done that. Our guitar player did a couple of acoustic songs on a livestream show in the middle of the pandemic. That’s the nearest thing we did a livestream.
METAL ANARCHY: Do you think the live entertainment industry will ever recover?
NYRUD: Yes, I think it will. It may take some time, but people is now starving to be entertained. So, I have a good feel it will recover.
METAL ANARCHY: Lastly, is there anything fans can do to help your band or others that may be struggling during this time?
NYRUD: Show your support by meet up at shows. Download, buy our records and spread the word.