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 Blood Of The Phoenix.
METAL ANARCHY: How have you been holding up during the coronavirus pandemic?
BLOOD OF THE PHOENIX: We started writing music for the EP during the pandemic, and collected the current lineup of members…so we’ve been doing pretty good all things considered as a band. On an individual basis, it’s been pretty mixed bag. Some good changes have come of this experience, and some hardships and struggles for sure.
METAL ANARCHY: Have you been using your downtime to work on new music?
BLOOD OF THE PHOENIX: Yes. We’ve recorded our debut EP, recorded a few livestream performances, and have been working on new material intended for a larger release. Bradley has been working on some covers to post as well during his downtime.
METAL ANARCHY: What was the last show you played or attended before the shutdown?
BLOOD OF THE PHOENIX: We hadn’t played any shows before the lockdowns happened. Jess’ last concert attended was Spiritbox; Brad’s last concert was Alexisonfire; Manny played a show in July 2019 with a former project.
METAL ANARCHY: Are you planning to play any livestream concerts during this time?
BLOOD OF THE PHOENIX: Yes. We are planning a livestream event for the release of our debut EP: “From What We Used To Know” on July 2.
METAL ANARCHY: Do you think the live entertainment industry will ever recover?
BLOOD OF THE PHOENIX: Yes – maybe it’s wishful thinking but we believe the industry might do better after the pandemic because people will have not had live music around in so long that it’ll be appreciated a bit more.
METAL ANARCHY: Lastly, is there anything fans can do to help your band or others that may be struggling during this time?
BLOOD OF THE PHOENIX: Yeah, buy merch, buy albums, stream content as much as you can directly from the band themselves. A large portion goes to a “middle-man” of sorts when going through an indirect source.