Metal Inside(r) Home Quarantine: Human Impact’s Chris Spencer – “Do something creative, keep your mind busy”

Posted by on May 26, 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 Chris Spencer of Human Impact (Unsane) as he’s been spending this time working on new music.


What have you been doing to pass time during Quarantine?

For a while, I was recording a new idea per day, but soon realized that I had a ton of stuff to work on and develop. The other guys in the band have also started sending stuff, so I have a lot to do if I want to. Recording has been a real lifesaver. With tours being cancelled and rescheduled, it’s great to be working on songs. I’ve got a dog, so I’ve been trying to get him out in the woods as much as possible. It seems to help my mental state during the shelter in place order to get out into the natural world.


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

Honestly, I haven’t been listening to much outside of the stuff I’ve been recording. Ipecac Recordings curate an Apple Music page with different playlists that I want to check out. I sent them a quick playlist the other day, so we’ll see if it gets up there.


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

Not much. Pretty basic. A lot of sandwiches… I’m a single guy out in the woods in isolation. I haven’t even been to a store in at least a week.


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

Of course I check in on the news to see how things are progressing in the morning, but I haven’t been watching that much TV.  I have been reading “The Day of Creation” by Ballard recently. I was watching TV earlier in the pandemic, but it seemed like a good idea to turn it off and learn something or do something creative. It seems to help my mood not to get inundated with so much negative information and political crap. The U.S. is in a pretty bad way at the moment. Hopefully, that too will pass.


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

Do something creative, keep your mind busy. If you don’t already play one, learn to play an instrument. If you do, write or practice. Music is a great way to get through a time like this.

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