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 Grieving.
METAL ANARCHY: How have you been holding up during the coronavirus pandemic?
GRIEVING: It wasn’t a picnic but I think I managed to soldier through this time quite well. Fortunately, I could work from home and I didn’t mind staying home – even got to catch up on my sleep quite a bit. Having said that, I work in the music business so we got hit pretty hard and for some time my entire career was kind of hanging by the thread. I hope that by 2022 things will start getting back to normal – if that’s even possible at all.
METAL ANARCHY: Have you been using your downtime to work on new music?
GRIEVING: Yeah, that was actually one of the few good things about the pandemic – I used the extra time I was given to broaden my creativity and apart from new music, I also got involved in writing on a more serious note. But music was still the most important outcome – besides Grieving, I managed to record five other albums in the past two years.
METAL ANARCHY: What was the last show you played or attended before the shutdown?
GRIEVING: Hmm, let me think… I guess it was a Vilolentor show in Katowice. They’re an Italian black/thrash band, really old school, but pretty awesome. My friend from Poland is their current drummer and invited me to the show, had a blast and then – almost two years of sitting at home…
METAL ANARCHY: Are you planning to play any livestream concerts during this time?
GRIEVING: Not with Grieving. We did something like this with our other band, Mentor (all the members of Grieving play there as well) and it was an ok experience – even released the show later on cassette – but the absence of people was a bit weird, I’m not gonna lie.
METAL ANARCHY: Do you think the live entertainment industry will ever recover?
GRIEVING: Sure. People need their entertainment. The industry adapted to a lot of things in the past, it will also adapt to this. That doesn’t mean that some bands won’t suffer more than others. They will and that sucks, but this business was risky from the get-go, so no surprises there really.
METAL ANARCHY: Lastly, is there anything fans can do to help your band or others that may be struggling during this time?
GRIEVING: The best way to show your support is by buying merch, simple as that. With small bands like ourselves every CD/vinyl/t-shirt sold means the world to us. And we’re really grateful for all the support we’ve been getting so far.