Edinburgh band Fabric Bear release catchy coronavirus song during lockdown

An Edinburgh indie band are making the most of their time isolated at home by working on new music - including a catchy song about the coronavirus pandemic.

By Caitlyn Dewar
Wednesday, 1st April 2020, 5:09 pm
Updated Wednesday, 1st April 2020, 5:10 pm

Fabric Bear, the four piece from the Capital, were set to embark on their first full UK tour this month but have been forced to reschedule in line with government guidance.

The song, titled ‘Rona, Why Did You Cancel The Party?’ features the bizarreness of isolation, panic buying and other new realities which the world is currently facing.

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The band released the song on Monday

Vocalist, Ryan Hunter said: “I made the conscious decision when we went into isolation to record a lot of music to release when this was all over.

“To create the song, we had the melody and the structure but didn’t have any lyrics, and when I was searching for things to write about I thought that writing about the coronavirus would make a tongue-in-cheek song.”

It took Ryan about two hours to write ‘Rona, Why Did You Cancel The Party?’ which is now racking up thousands of views on Facebook.

To create the video, the band put a call out to fans and friends to send in five second clips of ‘daft and funny’ things that they were doing with their lockdown.

“People seem to really like it,” Ryan added, “We’ve had hundreds of people sharing it and lots of messages to say it has cheered people up during lockdown. It’s nice that in such a dark time we can do something that brings something a bit lighter and joyful to people.”

While the band have postponed their UK tour, they hope to be on the road in the autumn with some new material including a new single One Last Time, which is out on Friday.