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 A Permanent Shadow.
METAL ANARCHY: How have you been holding up during the coronavirus pandemic?
A PERMANENT SHADOW: I missed rehearsing and hooking up with my buddies to create and have a good time. Luckily I was confined in really good company, so it could have been much worse. I somehow adapted quite quickly to this complete halt of the world and just started living life at a very slow pace.
METAL ANARCHY: Have you been using your downtime to work on new music?
A PERMANENT SHADOW: Actually, yes. I finished writing songs for our third album and started work on the fourth immediately. I read a lot during the pandemic, mainly books about biological deprogramming and more esoteric subject matters, which inspired me to write a whole new record.
METAL ANARCHY: What was the last show you played or attended before the shutdown?
A PERMANENT SHADOW: We played our first and last show on March 6th 2020, which was the album presentation for our debut album. A great night out, and I was looking forward to playing more shows, but it was not to be. I remember the next day I went to see New Model Army – as always, they delivered a blistering set – and then everything came to a full stop.
METAL ANARCHY: Are you planning to play any livestream concerts during this time?
A PERMANENT SHADOW: We will soon start doing streams of performances in different formats, from acoustic guitar only to electro-set, just playing around with the arrangements of the songs and having fun.
METAL ANARCHY: Do you think the live entertainment industry will ever recover?
A PERMANENT SHADOW: I think it will. There will definitely be a period of adaptation, but over time we’ll return to seeing shows as in the past, unless COVID was just the first in a succession of pandemics, because then it’s Goodnight Vienna for everybody.
METAL ANARCHY: Lastly, is there anything fans can do to help your band or others that may be struggling during this time?
A PERMANENT SHADOW: Stream our songs and buy our merch! Same with any other band you like, buy their stuff and go see them live!