As the effects of COVID-19 spread, musicians have been hit especially hard but some area bands are getting creative. Local pop/punk rockers Hospital Job just released a new four-track EP of covers on their bandcamp with all funds going to Direct Relief USA, an organization for dealing with emergencies in the USA and worldwide. McNeill is also matching the funds received from the EP and giving the same amount to Protezione Civile, the Italy national emergency service. The four tracks on the EP are covers of popular songs originally recorded by bands such as Old 97s, Wilco, Ryan Adams and Blaze Foley. The EP was recorded in Luke McNeill's basement studio in Springfield while the entire state went into lockdown. "I just wanted to record some of my favorite songs that weren't necessarily in the punk genre," McNeill explained. "I felt like with the state of the world there was no time like the present to release them and maybe get some money together for the tragedy in Italy and the impending tragedy here." You can find Hospital Job on Facebook at facebook.com/hospitaljob217. The new Covers EP can be purchased at hopitaljob.bandcamp.com.

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