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 The Simple Radicals.
METAL ANARCHY: How have you been holding up during the coronavirus pandemic?
THE SIMPLE RADICALS: We’re all doing well. A couple guys in the band got Covid but nothing serious.
METAL ANARCHY: Have you been using your downtime to work on new music?
THE SIMPLE RADICALS: We’ve been playing some select live shows around New York City and Chicago and writing new material including a really cool rockabilly-vibe song called “Let’s See What You Got”. Somebody took the song and made it a soundtrack to a kick-ass WWE wrestling video which has racked up a lot of views on YouTube (Let’s See What You Got). You can access all our music and our videos on our website www.thesimpleradicals.com.
METAL ANARCHY: What was the last show you played or attended before the shutdown?
THE SIMPLE RADICALS: We had the privilege of playing the iconic Cutting Room in New York City just before the apocalypse shut everything down. It was such an honor performing on the same stage where other great acts performed including John Mayer, David Bowie, Sting and Sheryl Crow.
METAL ANARCHY: Are you planning to play any livestream concerts during this time?
THE SIMPLE RADICALS: Probably not. We’ve been asked to do that but we much prefer to play live.
METAL ANARCHY: Do you think the live entertainment industry will ever recover?
THE SIMPLE RADICALS: Hell yes. As Neil Young so eloquently put it… ”hey hey, my my, rock and roll will never die.”
METAL ANARCHY: Lastly, is there anything fans can do to help your band or others that may be struggling during this time?
THE SIMPLE RADICALS: Absolutely. Go see live music. Be safe and smart but it’s so important now more than ever to show your support. Buy their t-shirt, hat, or CD that they’re hawking at the show. Anything you can do to help bands during this tough time is critical.