Like the majority of you, all of us in the Philadelphia area are staying at home, learning to adapt to our “new normal.” MAGNET is checking in with local musicians to see how and what they’re doing during this unprecedented time. Photos by Chris Sikich.
As a result of the pandemic, we’ve had to re-evaluate our approach to Ghösh, and it’s actually been really exciting! Pre-COVID, we recorded songs that we had intended to release as an EP. As soon as it was clear that the future of live music was indefinitely uncertain, we had to change the plan. We decided to put out multiple small releases instead; that was the first of many.
We’re still figuring out how to adapt to this ever-changing landscape of Corona America. We had really found our performance flow, especially after touring with NAH back in January. We were very bummed to have to pump the brakes on one of the most exciting aspects of this project. We had to figure out how to transfer that energy using the tools available to us. When we couldn’t see each other, we worked individually. And now that we can meet up again, we’ve begun the process of piecing together our creative approaches to the new world.
In terms of what’s happened in the world—the pandemic, the protests, this being an election year—we’re still processing everything, but it’s put into focus what really matters and given us conviction in the art we’re making and to keep going. Things feel incredibly chaotic and uncertain, yet we remain hopeful and optimistic.
We’re literally on fire. We’re ready to get the world lit.