A Day in the Life: Social Distancing with One South Lark



Since quarantine began, things haven’t quite been the same for One South Lark. Our guitar player got really into anime, our drummer became a self-proclaimed influencer, our singer grew out a tremendous flowing mane of brown locks, and our bass player contracted the coronavirus. As wild as it may sound, all of these things are indeed true. However, despite the challenges caused by quarantine and social distancing, our sights are now set on the future: our summer album, Vista Beach.

The COVID-19 pandemic forced us all to return to our hometown of New Orleans. Three of us—Robert, Grayson, and Tabor—were spread out across the country completing our first year of college and one of us, Cole, was finishing his senior year of high school when everything suddenly changed. As a band, we met and formed in our early days of high school, so at the start of the pandemic, there was a glimmer of hope that online classes would allow us more time to work together in person again. However, as social distancing and stay at home orders began to take effect, we had no choice but to do most of our collaborating and songwriting virtually. In the midst of all this, we were busy putting together our debut album. The pandemic became much too real for us when our bassist, Cole, caught the coronavirus, sidetracking the production of the album even more. Luckily, he has fully recovered and he and his family are doing well.


Although collaborating over Zoom had its inherent challenges, it also allowed us to get more creative in our approach. We had more time to develop our ideas and really explore new sounds. For example, the title track on the album is shaping up to be our longest song yet, and should end up over six minutes. Since this is our debut album, we’ve also been trying to experiment with transitions between songs and it feels great to finally be able to put together a tracklist.

   

Our idea for our upcoming debut album Vista Beach is that of an island paradise, a conceptual place where there are no worries and the sun shines all day. This is the feeling we’re trying to convey with this project, and we think it’s especially applicable now when reality is so distinctly the opposite. Unfortunately, the summer has not been ideal for anyone, and with our album, we hope to provide a relaxing getaway for our fans through our music when it may not be possible for them in real life.

While practicing social distancing, listen to our single "On Jupiter Drive and find updates on our album by following us on Twitter and Instagram!