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 Shores of Null’s Davide Straccione as he spent the first lockdown taking advantage of the downtime.
What have you been doing to pass time during Quarantine?
Here in Italy, we’ve been strictly quarantined from March till May, and in that time I watched many TV series, listened to music and cooked mostly. I did not sing or played music at all because we had recently finished recording the new Shores Of Null album, so I was pretty drained. When we got out of quarantine I returned to my office at Spikerot Records and started working at Scumm, the local live club where I used to book shows that unfortunately are not gonna happen at the moment. Right now we’re going through a second wave, although not in lockdown (yet).
Have you been listening to any music or have any playlists worth checking out?
Sure, music has kept me sane, as always. During those months I was at home I remember jamming regularly the new King Dude, Oranssi Pazuzu, Myrkur, and My Dying Bride. 2020, in general, seems a good year for the music I like, I really like the new albums of Paradise Lost, Ulver, and the collaboration between Bell Witch and Aerial Ruin just to name a few. Right now I’m listening to the debut album of Counting Hours called “The Will”, a truly great record.
A lot of people have been spending this time cooking including making their own bread, what food have you been prepping during this time?
I and my girlfriend made our own bread a few times too but our favorite time of the week was when we made pizza, sometimes even twice a week. I gained around 15 pounds.
In terms of entertainment, what movies, TV shows, books, or games have been keeping you busy?
I’ve mainly watched TV series: The Ozark, Tales From The Loop, Designated Survivor, Caliphate, Orthodox, Mindhunter, Valhalla Murders, Thor, Deadwind, Mad Men, Atypical, The Last Dance, Workin’ Moms, Dead To Me, After Life, etc. The only book I read was “This is going to hurt” by Adam Kay, loved it.
What advice do you have for your fans in isolation during this time?
Not every country is experiencing the pandemic the same way, some people are affected more than others depending on their jobs and other factors. Reach out to your friends, talk to them even if you can’t meet them in person, organize video chats with them, that’s what I did last March/April, it helped me stay connected and not think about all the shit going on. And of course, listen to music, that’s the best cure you can have!