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 Darren Knight and Stone River of River Knight.
METAL ANARCHY: How have you been holding up during the coronavirus pandemic?
RIVER KNIGHT: Stone: It was tough. The lack of social contact has hard. But I kept myself busy in my studio. With plenty of virtual get togethers and a lot of video calls.
Darren: Yeah, it was difficult. But luckily we had the album to do so we were able to record remotely and meet on messenger to keep ourselves occupied.
METAL ANARCHY: Have you been using your downtime to work on new music?
RIVER KNIGHT: Darren: Yeah, we have a new one that was made up of a few parts written through lockdown.
Stone: And I’ve always got my notepad. We’re very excited about our new album, but we can’t wait to get in the studio and lay down the next one.
METAL ANARCHY: What was the last show you played or attended before the shutdown?
RIVER KNIGHT: Stone: It was a multi band show on the last Thursday right before lockdown for a promoter we know in Portsmouth.
METAL ANARCHY: Are you planning to play any livestream concerts during this time?
RIVER KNIGHT: Darren: Well, we did. An online stream raising money for charity: Don’t Stress Fest.
METAL ANARCHY: Do you think the live entertainment industry will ever recover?
RIVER KNIGHT: Stone: It’s hard to say.
Darren: We’ve played 4 festivals since the quarantine ended and people are coming back out.
Stone: I think it’ll probably evolve in some way, to thrive in the circumstance. People need music and there’s nothing better than seeing a great live performance.
METAL ANARCHY: Lastly, is there anything fans can do to help your band or others that may be struggling during this time?
RIVER KNIGHT: Darren: Only what any fan would normally do. You know, buy or stream the music and interact with the social media until the time comes when you can get out and see them again.
Stone: Thanks for having us, it’s been a pleasure.