Pubs across the United States lay ready in waiting with kegs stacked and larders packed anticipating a great song which was throttled in its very first note. A celebration that never came created a feeling of eeriness that pervaded each household and heart, leaving it wondering whether this was a joke or a chilling reality. Like a rudderless ship amidst a squall that yearns for a lighthouse, we needed some beacon of hope to help us believe that all would still be well. And with one dulcet note played in a tiny kitchen in a little corner of the Shenandoah Valley a light was lit. We harnessed the gift of technology to reawaken the song so suddenly stilted, and it grew into a chorus as friends from across the land joined in for our first live stream; thousands upon thousands reaching out, sharing how much our music meant to them during these uncertain times.
A pandemic, quarantines, masks, vaccines – these are things from a zombie apocalypse horror movie – and our worst nightmare had come true: all our shows were cancelled. Nothing was certain for us except the conviction that the music must play on! And thus was born The Quaranstream. Every two weeks, for one full year, we transformed Dan’s living room into a sound stage with a seven-camera shoot, fog and lights, props gallore and a community of thousands upon thousands who tuned in to find some semblance of normality in a world that was turned topsy-turvy. It was a new family, a Quaranstream Fan-ly that encouraged us to be kids again and rediscover the beauty of music and witness the true joy it brings even in the bleakest of times.
We dressed like pirates, 80s metal hairbands, moonshiners, 70s undercover cops, Italian-American inspirational fitness coaches, Ukrainians, ghouls, hobbits and wizards. We brought in friends for special collaborations, had musical guests tune in from as far away as Ireland, shot music videos and even had a guest magician. It was a way to stay connected despite the shutdowns and there was no script but a daily following of the muse which led us in so many unexpected creative directions. With each Quaranstream you encouraged us with your comments, your enthusiastic snapping up of our themed t-shirts generous venmo tips. We were not only able to cover our expenses, but we got to keep doing what we love - writing and making music.
It was this environment and community that gave birth to this album – a compilation of songs we put together for you – our Quaranstream Fan-ly. Consider it a quirky B-side to Roots & Stones; songs you would never hear on a normal Scythian album, but songs which illustrate the boyish fun we had in making our Quaranstream shows entertaining for you – the best fans on earth! We do hope you enjoy it and remember that one crazy year where fun was almost cancelled!