‘I’m sharing a bed with the bass player’: bands trapped in lockdown together

From a six-strong indie household in Glasgow to a trans DJ thruple in a remote log cabin, we encounter the bands weathering the pandemic with each other

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The London indie-pop band were recording at a studio in Devon when lockdown began

Al Greenwood( drummer ): Our debut album “mustve been” out last Friday, but when we realised we had to push everything back, we decided to go to a studio in Devon and start writing again. We was just here for 10 dates before lockdown and then had to make a tough decision: prioritise the band or be with our loved ones. Ultimately, we agreed on being in the studio indefinitely. I believe the situation brought out a new line-up in us. There’s a bia for everyone to be constantly joking, but it made us is becoming more considerate and open. But then we were told we had to leave. Now, there’s complete misgiving and we’re all in different parts of the country, trying to make a music video.

I don’t know how we’ll manage being in different places. Some vinyl records need to be signed by all six of us. The sheer logistics of trying to organise that … Our fanbase is super-engaged, so we’re trying to find means of maintaining that connection that isn’t, like,” Oh, we’re on Instagram Live again today .” We have a WhatsApp group where supporters can share fibs- nonsense like that stimulations you on.

Joe Armon-Jones( left) with Maxwell Owin.

Joe Armon-Jones

The jazz keyboardist lives in London with individual producers Maxwell Owin

Maxwell and I have been trying to do some music together for ages. We rarely have a week where we’re both at home, so now it’s easy. I’ve seen a lot of beings posting about the pressure to be inventive, but that push is always there. People just agitate themselves by doing things like gigs and touring.

We’ve been working with lashes rather than live containers. I wouldn’t be able to record an recording like[ Jones’s 2018 handout] Starting Today because who are in need of me are in conformity with a apartment with a lot of musicians, toy together. That can’t really happen at the moment, and that disturbs me. It’s going to be interesting to see how lockdown alters UK jazz. A bunch of music is created for dancefloors- that music is changing probably. If the lockdown goes on long enough, music will naturally adapt to the setting that people are in. I’m not sure that all of the musical incidents will make it through this time.

Eris Drew( left) and Octo Octa.

Octo Octa and Eris Drew

The DJs and makes live in rural New Hampshire with their partner, Brooke

Drew: We’re in a log cabin, surrounded by trees and a creek. It’s beautiful. We’re all trans here and we’re in a relationship: me, Maya and our collaborator, Brooke, so we look after each other. I’m the most scared for my friends who are alone. When I firstly came out and I was trying to be a woman and exist in public openings, the only places I came validation for who I was, at first, were within the very small dance music community. So if the only people who use correct pronouns and see your struggle in this world are the people that you’re connected to through music and then you’re isolated , no one is creating that support system around you for whom you. It can get dark.

That’s one of the reasons we’ve been doing livestreams from our backyard. We’re trying to do one thing a week to give people some access to music and community. We’ve done DJing leader, and we want to start a forum to discuss them. Maya and I ought to have joking about starting a synth-pop band. But we do so much better together, it’s important to go it alone sometimes.

Octo Octa( Maya Bouldry-Morrison ): It’s hard to say that isolating is delightful, but I am happy to be here. We manipulate as a gang quite often. When Eris and I are on the road, we’re attached at the trendy. There is a lot of melding of personalities and becoming one person, in a sense, when you’re having to travel together, play together, and that somewhat carries over to residence. But we have two different studios in the chamber of representatives, so we work on music separately, and then Brooke does visual art.

When we firstly came home from tour, I got a bunch of material done really quickly. I put out a mixtape; I put some finishing touch on an EP. And then my motivating various kinds of started dipping. I’m staying positive by make all the things I’ve been waiting to do around the house- I get to throw away age-old roofing tiles that have been sitting in the basement since 1989. Quarantine is not for ever. It eventually points, and then new things will come.

Walt Disco. Photograph: Publicity image

Walt Disco

Four members of the Glasgow-based glam-pop band share a flat

Dave( synths ): There’s six of us in one flat: me, James, Finlay and Charlie from Walt Disco; Ali plays drums for Lucy and the Best Boys and Anna is the singer of Medicine Cabinet. My bedroom has turned into the performance space and the four of us are in it all day. We all gave up on having personal space a very long time ago. We actually filmed a music video for our next single, Cut Your Hair, in the flat on our iPhones. It feels like the best thing to be putting out now.

James( frontman ): I share a bed with our bass player, Finlay. Charlie, the guitarist, sleeps on the couch. The only problem is in the morning when everyone wants to shower. People in cliques are suited to being in isolation because they spend eras in cramped infinites without doing much employ. We’re lucky, because we were meant to be writing a debut book regardles, and being stuck in quarantine with your band means that you don’t have any other option but to make love. We weren’t in the best financial position, so we applied for the Help Musicians’ Coronavirus Hardship Fund, and that’s been a big assistance. We came very drunk and made a trap song one night with the other two housemates- but we haven’t structured a supergroup yet.

Fulu Muziki.

Fulu Muziki

The band from the Democratic Republic of Congo, who stimulate music use dumped clutter, are stranded in Uganda

Pisko Crane( bandleader ): We’ve been put at our description Nyege Nyege Tapes ‘ studio in Kampala, Uganda, away from our home in Kinshasa. We were supposed to be here for three months to record our album, but then the country slam the airports. It’s difficult to be away from our families but we’re used to working under tough problems. Music is really helping us in confinement.

Our band name wants” rubbish music” in Lingala. We’re used to going and looking for new materials to attain instruments and going inspiration from the environment. But we have made a song for coronavirusand also we’re making apparels and masks to ward off the virus. Even in the time of corona, music has an important role to play.

Amyl and the Sniffers.

Amyl& the Sniffers

Australia’s pub-rock punkslive together in Melbourne

Amy Taylor( singer ): There’s four of us in a three-bedroom house and Declan, the guitarist, sleeps in the shed. It’s just like being on tour, except we’re not playing any gigs. Today, I did a two-hour walk, a half-hour boxing class on YouTube, half an hour of yoga, and another half-hour walk. I haven’t felt like doing much music substance- everything was cancelled, so it’s kind of devastate. But because I’m always use, it’s been nice to step back.

I’ve been reading Patti Smith lyrics books and coming some brainchild from sits that I wouldn’t usually look. Before this, I hadn’t read a book since Captain Underpants. I feel like every band’s gonna make an album about being stuck inside, and I don’t really want that. But the lockdown probably will change us a little bit. I are aware of the boys have been twiddling on guitar during the day, so they’re probably going to get better at their instruments. I don’t think we would write a Covid-1 9 song, but you never know.

Read more: https :// www.theguardian.com/ music/ 2020/ apr/ 16/ we-had-to-choose-between-us-or-our-loved-ones-bands-trapped-together-in-lockdown

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