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SOILWORK Vocalist Thinks COVID-19 Will Impact Mid-Sized Bands the Most

"I hope that doesn't happen. All signs are pointing to that happening, which is just terrible."


Despite the livestreaming events and releasing music throughout the pandemic, COVID-19 might financially spell the end for a lot of bands. Soilwork vocalist Björn "Speed" Strid explains to Decibel that he thinks mid-sized bands will be hit the hardest, reasoning that they're the ones who are just getting by without a full-time job.

"I think it will be very tough," he said. "The middle-sized bands will be hit the hardest. They've already been hit very hard by it. I'm talking about the bands that didn't have day jobs. They will be forced to make a decision, and when things get back to normal, they won't be able to come back.

"I think the little bands with day jobs will survive. I think the very big bands will also survive. But I do expect a very serious impact to music — a lot of bands will die out. I hope that doesn't happen. All signs are pointing to that happening, which is just terrible. Hopefully, the vaccine will do the trick, but I expect everybody going out at the same time, and it will just start all over again. I don't even want to think about that right now."

Here's hoping a lot of these bands either stay afloat, or find a way to make it financially work.

Soilwork recently released their new EP A Whisp of the Atlantic, which kicks thing off with an incredible 16-minute opener.

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