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Ether Coven Premiere “When Quiet Fell” Video, Pete Kowalsky Gives Update On His Cancer Battle


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Ether Coven have premiered a music video for their song “When Quiet Fell” below. The group’s frontman Peter Kowalsky (also of Remembering Never, etc. fame) commented:

“The video for ‘When Quiet Fell‘ was the second video we filmed while on our winter tour earlier this year. I have been friends with Eric Boccio for nearly 2 decades from his time in Kid Gorgeous and we’ve been trying to work together for a long while so when we were in California we took no naps and just trucked it to L.A. over night.

The explanation for the song, as per the record insert is as follows: In times of desperation and loneliness the only way out is seemingly through. The most trying moments are of negative silence and it is difficult to be comfortable in our own skin. Stagnation feels like betrayal.

Trudging forward to exist outside ourselves is nearly impossible to navigate but it is often our only option, so we suffer.”

The band’s new album “Everything Is Temporary Except Suffering” was released this past January. Kowalsky himself has been battling colon cancer and recently checked in with a new update on his ongoing treatment via GoFundMe.com, where $50,000 has been raised for his medical expenses. Kowalsky‘s update, posted on June 17th, 2020, can be read below:

“An update from Pete

Hey all! Sorry for the lack of updates, as at the beginning I was trying process all this stuff still and then the world started changing (for the worse), and then changing again (for the better), and wanted to give space for others to be heard. I’ve had a lot of people ask myself and my loved ones on updates so here goes:

I’ve switched oncologists to Moffitt cancer research center in Tampa, as it just seems like a better fit, albeit 4 hours away. My newer oncologist increased my oral meds (as I was being underdosed), and decreased by IV meds (as I was being treated for stage 4 cancer, and the pharmacy wouldn’t approve it for someone with stage 3, hence having a hard time getting the drugs).

My treatment schedule is now based off the national guidelines, which is 6 months, 9 treatments, every 3 weeks, which in theory puts me at September 1st for my last treatment, pending nothing more catastrophic happens. I have follow up CT scans in a month. So, all things considered, good news all around I suppose. I choose not to post pictures of me hooked up to IV lines and all that because it makes me nauseous to even think about getting treatment, let alone see the images.

Plus no one is allowed in the treatment area so Desi can’t take the most unflattering pictures of me. Normally I like reminders of my suffering but this is nothing I’ll soon forget in this lifetime.

Thank you to all that reach out to check on me. With the world on fire right now I don’t expect anyone to at all but it’s appreciated. This was never a journey I thought I would ever have to go on and I wouldn’t wish it on my worst enemy.

At this point I’ve just told everyone I’m living life 3 weeks at a time, as my first week is a shit show, my second week is transitional, and my 3rd week is relatively normal. I started exercising a few cycles back on days that I can. Mostly low impact stuff (expect Bonni’s playing card workout!), Pilates, yogo, some light weights, walking Dr funk for an hour cuz we both need to lose weight…

I’m not going to lie, this thing gets dark. In the middle of the night when I can’t sleep well because I have this constant black cloud over my head with uncertainty about the future and now I have a geriatric pup who has to go to the bathroom when she has to go so I’m on high alert.

And as much as I have the best support system in the world, I know I’m truly in this alone, which is fine but it does get lonely. I’m trying not to let it crush me. I have been playing guitar more and writing a metric ton of stuff and that keeps me the most focused because that gives the impression there will be a future for me I suppose. I’m still learning how to navigate this as the side effects change every cycle.
None of this matters.
The only way out is through.

Thank you.”

 

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