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.
The Mary Veils: In the time sure to be known to posterity as BC (Before COVID), things were moving in an exciting direction for the Mary Veils. Ww were writing songs, playing shows and meeting a lot of cool people. With momentum on our side, we felt things could only go up from there.
On Feb. 28, 2020 (BC), we had a great show at our favorite venue: Ortlieb’s. Little did we know, that was our last live performance.
Out of nowhere, COVID barged its way in and changed our lives forever. Everything was shut down, and no one was sure when it would be over. The fear of the unknown had crept its way into all of our lives.
With no end in sight, we were at a loss with what to do with ourselves. So we did what blue-collar guys do best: work. We holed up in an empty warehouse outside of Philadelphia. With no inspiration or direction, we were drifting into one dead end after another.
One day, strange noises began emitting from our amps. Our bewilderment turned to fear as it seemed to be messages directed toward us. We started to think we were going crazy from the prolonged confinement. As we listened, it appeared to be telling us something. We decided to make friends with it and give it a name: The Source.
After in-depth studying, it suddenly made sense. It was music! The outside world got wind of this, and PNKSLM Recordings decided to sign us—giving us the opportunity to record the sound of The Source, set to be released to a wider audience in October. PNKSLM also re-released our debut album, Slacker Paint, this past December.
The magnitude of our journey has been a blessing as well as a curse. Thus, our new album was titled Esoteric Hex.
We look forward to performing our creation for all in the not-too-distant future.