WORDS BY : MICHAEL ‘WOODY’ WOODWORTH
Of all the industries impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, the music industry was one of the hardest hit. Tours had been cancelled, studio sessions dismissed and isolation recommended. With these uncertain times leaving the world at a standstill, society has been forced to shy away from selfishness and transition to support and caring for one another. Luckily, rock outfit Gleemer have taken it in stride.
Vocalist Corey Coffman shares : “We’ve obviously had to postpone any touring, practices, etc, but it’s been very cool to see the support online, & besides that we’re all just staying creative in our own ways!”
I want to believe it’s giving some sense of hope during all of this!
Based in Loveland, Colorado, just under an hour outside of Denver, the four-piece has been able to sit back and reflect during these trying times by spending much needed time with friends and family. After putting the finishing touches on their new record in January before isolation began, “Down Through,” released May 8th via Other People Records, was put out as a safety beacon bright with positivity.
“It’s been really cool to see how people react to it. I’m bummed to not be able to tour around it, but I still feel it was the right time for it to come out,” says Coffman. “I want to believe it’s giving some sense of hope during all of this!”
On top of just releasing the record, the band has switched focus to themselves to keep them occupied and sane during the pandemic by leaning on their jobs and friends and families. No one knows when this is going to blow over, if it even does. It’s all about taking it one day at a time and luckily, Colorado hasn’t seen quite the extent of the virus as some places but things are still pretty tense.
Music is very therapeutic during times like this. Regardless, I believe that it will always find a path to exist & be valued even if live events are on hold.
What’s not tense, however, is the future for Gleemer, and that is a future filled with endless possibilities. Although they are still figuring out what’s next, the band is filled with giant glimmers of hope and wishes of the music scene opening back up. It’s all about biding their time until the next step is underway.
“It’s cool to see how people are coming together & supporting the art in this time though,” mentions Coffman. “Music is very therapeutic during times like this. Regardless, I believe that it will always find a path to exist & be valued even if live events are on hold.