VARAHA are today premiering a performance of Climax & Exile live at Thalia Hall, via Metal Injection. During the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic, VARAHA started to campaign for the Save Our Stages cause - filming Climax & Exile at Chicago's shuttered Thalia Hall in the process. The band and many others stand together in asking Congress to pass the Save Our Stages Act as part of the next COVID relief package to provide critical funding to help independent venues survive.
Of the experience, VARAHA comment “We’re not sure we can properly express what it felt like for us to perform at Thalia Hall in the middle of the pandemic lockdown, in front of an empty stage, to a ghostly, desolate hall that is normally filled with life. As we were standing there, taking it all in, we were feeling so many emotions, we knew this wasn’t about us and that we weren’t alone in this. We did this for the shuttered venues, and for all the unemployed live entertainment industry workers. We did this to help NIVA showcase the #saveourstages cause, and we gave all we had and all that we could offer to show our support. We are honored to have the opportunity to use our platform to not only share our musicianship but also to advocate for a greater cause. We are all in this together as one.”
Visit SaveOurStages.com for more details on how to help the initiative.
Climax & Exile is taken from VARAHA's 2019 album A Passage for Lost Years, out worldwide via Prosthetic Records - order / listen here