Isolation Drills: Joe Genaro (Joe Jack Talcum, Dead Milkmen)

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.

Genaro: The pandemic has taken me off a tour of the U.S. I was performing nightly for. It snapped me out of one routine and got me into a different one.

Instead of playing live shows, I perform remotely now with livestreams on the internet. I’m not going from this town to that, so I’m saving on gas.

I was planning to make a studio album collaborating with friends to release as Joe Jack Talcum. I got some stuff recorded for it but had to stop due to COVID.

Also the Dead Milkmen were planning to record in the studio, but those plans got put aside. Instead, I found myself making home recordings with long-distance collaborations instead of in-person ones.

For better or worse, I have been spending much more time online on social media and reading news, and that has been reflected in my visual art and the new songs I’ve written to some degree.