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 Catching Mangoes.
METAL ANARCHY: How have you been holding up during the coronavirus pandemic?
CATCHING MANGOES: Pretty good thanks, lots of time to work on the music! We were initially planning on recording an EP which was cancelled because of the pandemic, and this gave us more time to work on more songs and turn it into an album. So it worked out pretty well for the Mangoes.
METAL ANARCHY: Have you been using your downtime to work on new music?
CATCHING MANGOES: Yeah we wrote our album “Kevin’s Town”. It’s a concept album about a young boy called Kevin and the adventure he goes on. We wrote an entire mini-book as well alongside the story as we had so much time on our hands! It’s available on our website. Hope you enjoy!!
METAL ANARCHY: What was the last show you played or attended before the shutdown?
CATCHING MANGOES: We played a gig a while back at the Fiddler’s Elbow in Camden which was basically the week before the lockdown. This was when we were still playing as a 3-piece, so lockdown has changed us drastically.
METAL ANARCHY: Are you planning to play any livestream concerts during this time?
CATCHING MANGOES: We tried one or two but it doesn’t quite have the same energy as a proper live concert.
METAL ANARCHY: Do you think the live entertainment industry will ever recover?
CATCHING MANGOES: I think it’s well on the way! We’ve been gigging quite a bit recently and they are getting back to where they should be, we’re loving it.
METAL ANARCHY: Lastly, is there anything fans can do to help your band or others that may be struggling during this time?
CATCHING MANGOES: Grab a piece of merch from our store!! All helps us fund our Mango adventures and we’d love you forever xxx