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 Eye of Nix’s Joy Von Spain (vocals), Zach Wise (bass) and Luke Laplante (drums) as they’ve been spending this time promoting their new album Ligeia.
What have you been doing to pass time during the pandemic?
Joy: Some lofi solo recording, side project demos, ideas for new EoN songs. Also finishing some music video work remotely for our current album. Nature walks.
Luke: Trying to learn Rush songs on piano. Walking and taking long drives through the Cascade mountains.
Have you been listening to any music or have any playlists worth checking out?
Luke: A lot of Cynic since Sean Reinert passed away. The new Dysrhythmia is amazing. Our
labelmates Perchta have an awesome new album called Ufång.
Zach: Going through the Sigh discography, Dodheimsgard, and various releases from Sentient
Ruin (an excellent and eclectic US metal label).
Joy: Some Leila Abdul-Rauf projects, the new Oranssi Pazuzu (of course), Ryuichi Sakamoto,
Bethlehem, Kevin Hufnagel’s pet video scores.
In terms of entertainment, what movies, TV shows, books, or games have been keeping
Zach: Books by Yukio Mishima, Clarice Lespector, Chris Krause, and the Cosey Fanni Tutti
Luke: House of leaves, The Bill Bruford autobiography, Hater, Decibel magazine. Movies – color
out of space, Suspiria (original). T.V – Castle Rock, Outsider.
What advice do you have for your fans in isolation during this time?
Luke: Take that time that you never have and connect to people you never make time for. You
can still be supportive to the music you love even if you can’t afford it by adding it your playlists
and spreading the word.
Joy: This alternating rage and apathy you’re feeling can be transformed. I believe the art and
social inventiveness from this time period will be more interesting than anything people have
concocted before. Because humans are perverse, sick creatures who thrive in the face of
obstacles. It’s what gets us into so much trouble. Time to connive and conspire.
Zach: Force yourself to work out.
Eye of Nix’s new album Ligeia is available now.