Isolation Drills: GOINGS

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.

Not playing live shows has been dejecting. It was never a major source of income for us, thankfully, but we hope that one day it will be. Playing music is what we all love most and something we all wish we could do full-time. It’s beginning to feel like that will not become a reality with this “new normal” state we’re living in, but at the end of each day we all try to think positively.

We look forward to the possibility of cramming into a tiny, dust-covered Philadelphia basement—where people gather to let go, enjoy themselves and give into music—once again. Those were the most enjoyable shows we played. We truly miss the human interaction and close-knit community of playing house shows. There was always something so special and intimate about them, and we hope that one day we will be able to do this again.

As of now, we’re looking into doing a DIY livestream concert of sorts. Hopefully, we can pull something out of our bag of tricks to make this happen.

While many may consider our current environment to be an inopportune time to release new music, we’re very excited for the release of our first full-length album on November 13. We’re working with Philadelphia-based independent label Know Hope Records to bring our vision to life. It’s insane to us that by working with Know Hope, we’re able to press our album on vinyl. (Not to mention how beautiful the variants are.) It’s always been a lifelong dream of ours to have our very own musical creations on vinyl.

We’re honored and privileged to put music out into the world, and we hope that our music brings joy to people as well as offers an escape from the harsh times we’re currently living in. If you wish to take a listen or to support us, you can find all streaming links as well as our vinyl and other pre-orders on our website. Our new single, “Trying//Dying,” is out now.

Aside from getting ready to release the album, we’ve been trying to keep busy and to pass the time in other ways. Here’s a list of activities we’ve been doing during the pandemic:
• Clone Hero
• H3 Podcast
• Office Hours Live With Tim Heidecker
• Queer Eye: More Than A Makeover
• Sense8
• Reading Murakami
• Home recording
• Writing new music
• Making music collab videos on Instagram