When we ask Alex to pitch in, there’s a big pause. A little panicked that we’ve lost internet connection, we soon realise that Alex is moved by Linus’ reply:
“I’m actually welling up a bit. That’s so true, Linus. Hence, why you’re such a good friend. Man, I don’t think I’ve ever appreciated my friends, and I say that with regret, but as much as I have since the first lockdown, when suddenly I couldn’t see people. The joy when we could see each other again showed me just how important that relationship is. A friendship means so much.”
It’s touching to hear the two of them talk so fondly about each other and their mutual mates, laughing about inside jokes and showing so much interest in what one another has to say – the kind of easy company that comes with over 15 years of knowing someone. So what keeps them connected when they’re on tour and far from friends? Alex says:
“I found that during lockdown, having that daily drip feed of friends sending photos of their days stuck inside really helped.
"That’s one blessing with technology, is that people can be present in your day to day life, even if you’re in different places. It’s about being available in that way, to share nonsense and the mundaneness of every day.”
Most of us would agree that it’s nice when a friend gets in touch and it’s always flattering to know that someone’s thinking about you, but reaching out doesn’t have to mean sending a lengthy message. Linus says:
“It doesn’t have to be serious. It could be some music you’ve come across that you think that friend will enjoy, or just a meme or GIF that makes you laugh. My girlfriend and I always send cute pictures of dogs.”