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 Richard Cranor of FleischKrieg.
METAL ANARCHY: How have you been holding up during the coronavirus pandemic?
CRANOR: We took the time as a band to write and finish our first album, “Herzblut”. So overall, it was a very productive time for us despite the challenges of surviving a pandemic.
METAL ANARCHY: Have you been using your downtime to work on new music?
CRANOR: See Above.
METAL ANARCHY: What was the last show you played or attended before the shutdown?
CRANOR: Our first show was just before the pandemic hit in Seattle. It was just the two of us (myself and Thomas) on stage opening for some local metal acts at a cool venue called Club Sur. I think it helped us both realize we could make FleischKrieg work live.
METAL ANARCHY: Are you planning to play any livestream concerts during this time?
CRANOR: We were part of the New Apocalypse Tour we headlined with our friends NUDA and Cryptamnesia. It was a pretty fun experience, we learned a lot about the technical side of performing livestream shows. A lot of hoops to jump through but I think ongoing it will be fun to do both livestream and live gigs concurrently.
METAL ANARCHY: Do you think the live entertainment industry will ever recover?
CRANOR: For sure, though I think it’s gonna be a while before most people are completely comfortable rubbing up against complete strangers. Then again, a lot of people have serious pandemic fatigue and are kind of getting into the no fucks given phase. Once enough people have been vaccinated, infected, or are being preemptive and taking the right immune system building protocols…I think we’ll slide back into a new normal of some kind.
METAL ANARCHY: Lastly, is there anything fans can do to help your band or others that may be struggling during this time?
CRANOR: Downloads help, watching, liking, sharing. All of it keeps our spirits up, and keeps the momentum moving forward. At the end of the day, we love what we do and what we listen to. No pandemic is going to change that.