Metal Inside(r) Home Quarantine: Daughters – “Keep your mind happy”

Posted by on June 19, 2020


Metal Inside(r) Home Quarantine is Metal Insider’s new column during this time of isolation due to the COVID-19 pandemic. We asked artists five questions on what’s been keeping them busy ranging from their favorite movies, food they’ve been eating, music they’ve been listening to and more. We caught up with Daughters’ Nicholas Andrew Sadler and Jon Syverson as they’ve been spending this time laying low.

What have you been doing to pass time during Quarantine?

Nick: Mostly hiding in my room, sometimes I walk for a few hours or meditate. 

Jon: Quarantine life hasn’t really been interfering with my personal plans for 2020.

There were a few Daughters gigs that had to be canceled / rescheduled, but we had basically  finished touring in support of our last record back in Dec 2019 so my plan was to actually be home during this time anyhow… I got off lucky there. Since I was on tour for most of last year I notice there’s still a year’s worth of chores, records, TV shows, & movies to catch up on. I’ve also been attempting to write music again, so that’s been both fun and a time of personal disaster. Kills a lot of time either way.



Have you been listening to any music or have any playlists worth checking out?

Nick: A lot of quiet or otherwise plaintive music, but nothing I would like to share.

Jon: Newer releases i’ve been digging: Bambara “Stray,” Steve Moore “Frame Dragging,” 

Psychic Graveyard “No.” 

If you dig the Cramps you should check out the tribute album by Three One G: “Really Bad Music For Really Bad People: The Cramps as Heard Through the Meat Grinder of Three One G”

Contributions from: Metz, Chelsea Wolfe, Zeus!, Retox, Child Bite + many more including a cover Daughters did of “What’s Inside a Girl” www.threeoneg.com 

Ipecac Recordings is now an official curator on Apple so there’s plenty of interesting nonsense happening over there. You’ll find playlists from several Ipecac alumni: Mike Patton, King Buzzo, Trevor Dunn, Justin Pearson to name a few. I recently submitted a playlist for this too so you could always check that out if you’re so inclined. 



A lot of people have been spending this time cooking including making their own bread, what food have you been prepping during this time?

Nick: I haven’t done anything like that.

Jon: We cook fairly often at my house, but that’s not exclusive to the state of the world right now. No prepping to report at this time. I do have some close friends who have mentioned they’ve been making their own bread and hand sanitizer, which got me wondering when I’d actually start making / prepping items like that. I don’t see myself taking on projects like that unless it’s absolutely necessary, so I imagine the day that I actually NEED to be making my own bread or hand sanitizer is the day we’re probably all living in a collapsed state and society has gone past the point of return. It’s possible I’ll be making my own bread and sanitizer then … but I doubt it. There was a brief moment not too long ago where I questioned whether I should figure out how to make my own toilet paper. I didn’t.  


Photo Credit: A.F. Cortes


In terms of entertainment, what movies, TV shows, books, or games have been keeping you busy?

Nick: I haven’t been paying attention to that kind of thing really. Much of my time is spent conversing with others via text or Instagram, or laid up in thought. My time in quarantine should be considered lost time, spent feeling absent or painfully stultified – which is a perfectly fine reaction to the situation. 

Jon: I’ve been watching way too much TV these last few weeks… it makes me feel kinda gross.

I wish I could sit and read more often, but for whatever reason, I notice my focus and patience have been affected enough that I can’t seem to be able to sit and relax for more than a few mins at a time. I blame the state of the world. The distraction of TV is just appealing and easier than ever right now, and that feels wrong and dirty. So binge watching it is, and one problem I immediately notice after hours of watching TV is that I can’t remember what I’ve watched after a certain point. I remember every book I’ve read, why can’t I remember what I watched three hours ago? It’s either that or “option paralysis” where I just spend a long period of time searching / flipping through title after title until i fall asleep or give up. Anyhow.. I do remember enjoying: The Outsider (HBO), Narco Mexico (Netflix), Miles Davis “Birth of Cool” (Netflix), Hellier (Amazon Prime), Ozark season 3 (Netflix), Better Call Saul season 5


What advice do you have for your fans in isolation during this time?

Nick: I would like to say that anyone who is doing their best to self-isolate, disinfect, and social-distance is doing the right thing and should be proud of that; it is an act of self-love and an act of care and respect for others. It is also no small feat for many of us who’ve had to confront a variety of difficulties during this time – anything ranging from mental health issues to being trapped with an abuser; my heart is with you. Please feel free to reach out via IG to say hello; I would be more than happy to chat with you about anything happening in your life right now, or even provide a distraction if possible. Thank you for doing what you can and hang in there. 

Jon: Stay healthy, keep your mind happy, and send me your instructions for home made toilet paper if you figure it out. Add a lot more fiber to your diet and stop showering, then journal the effects this has on those close to you. No.. dont to that. I don’t often give advice to strangers normally, much less when there’s a crisis going on. I don’t suggest watching the news more than you need to for local info / updates about your area. Anyone need a decent and creative way to kill some time? Have you checked out ISOLATE/CREATE?

It’s pretty amazing & free! https://www.isolatecreate.com.


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