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Baroness just shared a second song from upcoming album "Purple," due out December 18, 2015. Check out the single “Shock Me” in the player below.
“Along with the rest of 'Purple,' the song ‘Shock Me’ represents the net result of an arduous reformation/rehabilitation process following the release of 'Yellow & Green' and the bus accident that nearly ended us,” said singer/guitar player John Baizley of the new song.
He goes on to say, “We were unsure three years ago whether we’d be able to be at this point again; and while it hasn’t been a particularly easy road to get back, it is truly thrilling to feel that familiar anxious excitement that comes before we release a new album and to put new music out into the world. We treasure these moments of excitement, as they have taken on a deeper level of significance in recent years.” More...
Baroness reveals the cover for the band’s fourth album, "Purple," via a time lapse video that shows John Baizley’s process for creating the album artwork. This clip follows fans piecing together quadrants of the album cover that were revealed via t-shirts shipped last week as part of the band’s deluxe album pre-order bundles. "Purple" is due out on December 18, 2015.
Baizley has done the artwork for all of Baroness’ releases as well as art for Skeletonwitch, Black Tusk, Kvelertak and Kylesa. The latest video is part of a series of clips the band is sharing with fans, documenting the making of "Purple" from line-up changes to recording and now artwork.
Baroness recently announced the release of fourth album, "Purple" (due out December 18), and will launch a first U.S. tour in support of the ten-song album with a round of intimate performances beginning November 27 at the Ace of Cups in Columbus, Ohio. Dates are available below.
“We’ve been off tour for too long,” said John Baizley. “It’s time for Baroness to start playing shows in the U.S. again. We’re doing a short run through the eastern half of the States, in small clubs, getting our new songs stage ready for 2016. Who knows, maybe we’ll even throw in a few songs from the very early EPs and albums. See you soon…”
In conjunction with the tour announcement, the band has unveiled the official music video for “Chlorine & Wine.” The clip, which was directed by Jimmy Hubbard, gives fans a raw, behind-the-scenes peek into the making of the song, including footage of Baroness writing and rehearsing the track as well as recording at producer Dave Fridmann’s Tarbox Road Studios. More...
Baroness returns with the band's first new music in three years this December 18 with the release of album, "Purple," via the group's recently formed label, Abraxan Hymns. The first song from the ten-track album, “Chlorine & Wine,” is available now, with an animated clip featuring “Chlorine & Wine” artwork available below.
“After releasing a lengthy and investigative record like 'Yellow & Green' we all felt that we needed to make something much more direct and immediate,” explains band founder and singer John Baizley of the approach behind "Purple."
The album was produced by Dave Fridmann (The Flaming Lips, MGMT) at Tarbox Road Studios in the secluded town of Cassadaga, New York.
Baizley goes on to say, “We wanted to write with our normal focus on artistry, balanced against an increased level of energy and focus. It was important for us to write our new songs with the type of enthusiasm and expressiveness that could act as a counterpoint to the album’s dark themes. As a result, the music came out in an intense, heavy and sonically captivating in a new way, which was important, loathe, as we are to fall into any kind of complacency pitfall or formulaic songwriting routine. 'Purple' is the most fully realized representation of our intention as a band; considering the amount of physical and mental energy spent writing it, we have accomplished something which would have seemed impossible to us a couple of years ago.” More...
The official Danzig website has been updated with the following announcement about Baroness member Peter Adams joining on for upcoming Samhain shows:
"We can confirm that Peter Adams of Baroness & Valkyrie will be stepping in as special guest guitarist along with Glenn, Steve & London for the just announced Samhain '30 Bloody Years' shows in Sept.- Oct."
Peter Adams adds: "I'm truly excited, It's a great honor to share the stage with Samhain on the 30th Anniversary of Initium! Samhain has helped shape how I've played music, and the music I've listened to, since I was a teenager and will continue to, on into the future. To be a part of this legacy is great beyond words!"
The members of Baroness also stated: "We're incredibly excited to finally start talking about this. Pete might be the biggest Danzig/Misfits/Samhain fan i know, and he'll be playing a series of Samhain-headlining shows this fall, the first full Samhain shows since 1985. I think every musician secretly dreams of joining their favorite band onstage but it never seems to actually happen. We're all really excited for Pete." More...
Baroness has unveiled a live video for "March To The Sea," which was filmed at the Union Transfer in singer/guitar player John Baizley’s adopted hometown of Philadelphia. Check it out below.
The four-minute clip, which opens with the enthusiastic crowd chanting "welcome back" to the obviously emotional band, highlights Baroness’ first live performance following the well-documented accident that left the band members severely injured. The one year anniversary of that accident just passed earlier this month.
Baroness has been on the road steadily since May, having performed at several festivals including Bonnaroo, Orion Music + More, Lollapalooza and most recently FYF Fest. The band wraps up North American tour dates on September 6 at KISW’s Pain in the Grass before heading to Europe in late September as well as trekking to Australia in February for the Soundwave Festival. More...
Last year Baroness was in a bus crash while on tour, which resulted in surgeries and physical therapy as well as months away from active band duty. Baroness has now checked in with the following statement about the 1 year anniversary of the incident:
"Today is the anniversary of the Baroness tour bus crash, a day on which nine passengers, all musicians and crew on a tour-bus bound for Southhampton, UK, could have lost their lives. The miraculous and astoundingly simple fact is that we all survived.
"While I will not speak directly about what anyone individually has gone through since the moment of impact, I can easily say that we have all gotten better and moved on. Yes, there are aches, pains, anxieties and frustrations that accompany us to this day, but they seem somewhat trivial when compared with the imminent end we all thought so certain as our bus plummeted off the viaduct to the ground below.
"None of us has had a particularly easy year, we have all been forced by matter of circumstance to gain a immense level of respect for the severity of our accident. We have all had to heal, in vastly different ways. Similarly, we have each taken uniquely different paths in the wake of rehabilitation and recovery.
"It comes as a great relief to me personally that, in spite of all the trauma and confusion, each of us has, in our beautifully individual way, powered through the dreadful and dark imprint that August 15, 2012 left on us. The strength and focus that each one of us found after that day has been inspiring; we each took our due time, defined a goal through which we could move past that moment, strapped on our proverbial boots and marched forward with resolutely. For some, it took a matter of weeks to get back on tour again; for others it meant changing the personal and professional course of our lives. Not one of us faltered; and we have, each of us, earned this bittersweet anniversary with the help of one other, with our own strength of conviction, our mutual support, and with a passionate tenacity to appreciate and make something positive and constructive of our lives, for which we now have a much deeper appreciation. I love each of you more than I have the capacity to write here, and I can barely relate the gratitude I have for all of those family members, friends, and total strangers who lent us a hand along the way. You were there when we needed it most.
"For my brothers and sisters of the Brassknocker Hill crash. We are bound to one another. Raise a glass, embrace those you love, appreciate the delicate and all-too-brief magnificence of life.
"Once more. Till the wheels fall off..."
Baroness is streaming the "Live At Maida Vale" EP (out today via Relapse Records) in its entirety at Alternative Press here.
The four-song EP, which was culled from Baroness’ July 12, 2012 performance at Studio 4 (Maida Vale) on BBC Radio 1’s Rock Show, highlights the quartet’s live prowess and gives the collection of songs an entirely new dynamic.
The release is available digitally and as a highly limited edition 12” with a B-side featuring a silkscreen of John Baizley’s iconic swan image. The track listing is as follows:
1. Take My Bones Away
2. March To The Sea
4. The Line Between More...
Baroness’ live version of "Cocainium," a track from the band’s upcoming "Live at Maida Vale" EP, is streaming online now via Pitchfork right here.
"Cocainium" is one of four songs from the "Yellow & Green" album that the quartet recorded during a July 2012 performance at Studio 4 Maida Vale on BBC Radio 1’s Rock Show. The "Live at Maida Vale" EP is slated for a July 23rd (July 22nd in the UK) release with the track listing as follows:
1. Take My Bones Away
2. March To The Sea
4. The Line Between
The EP will be available on an extremely limited edition 12" vinyl, with the B-side featuring a silk screen of John Baizley's artwork. "Live at Maida Vale" will also be available for digital download (and all vinyl orders receive a download code). Catch the band live: More...
As Baroness thunders through the first week of North American tour dates since the release of "Yellow & Green" (reviewed here), the band sets its sights on Europe with the announcement of a four-week trek across the continent and an EP release from the 2012 BBC Session titled "Live At Maida Vale."
The EP is due out July 22nd in the UK, July 19th in Germany/Benelux, and July 23rd in North America via Relapse Records. The four songs were culled from Baroness’ July 12th, 2012 performance at Studio 4 (Maida Vale) on BBC Radio 1’s Rock Show and will be available digitally and as a highly limited edition 12” with a B-side featuring a silkscreen of John Baizley’s iconic swan image. The track listing is:
1. Take My Bones Away
2. March To The Sea
4. The Line Between
Catch the band live: More...
Baroness has added an additional leg to the band's previously announced "Yellow & Green" North American tour, with a number of Midwest and West Coast dates including a stop at Bumbershoot.
The band has also released a candid interview clip sharing thoughts on the Summer 2012 tour bus accident and reveal the first rehearsal footage with Nick Jost (bass) and Sebastian Thomson (drums). Check out the clip below.
Baroness has a full summer ahead withheadlining dates kicking off on May 24th at Union Transfer in Philadelphia and upcoming stops at Chaos in Tejas, The Orion Festival, Bonnaroo, Lollapalooza and Heavy Mtl.
Guitar player Pete Adams comments: "It's hard to find the words to express how excited we are to announce this tour. Seven months ago, who knew when it would be or even if we could get back on the road. But here we are, picking right back up where we left off. A heartfelt thanks to everyone's unconditional love and support for us through, let's hope, the hardest time this band will ever see. We told you we'd be back so let's do this thing!” More...
Baroness's first North American tour supporting the "Yellow & Green" album kicks off May 24th with a performance at Union Transfer in John Baizley's adopted hometown of Philadelphia.
"It's hard to find the words to express how excited we are to announce this tour," explained guitar player Pete Adams. "Seven months ago, who knew when it would be or even if we could get back on the road. But here we are, picking right back up where we left off. A heartfelt thanks to everyone's unconditional love and support for us through, let's hope, the hardest time this band will ever see. We told you we'd be back so let's do this thing!”
Baizley confirmed that drummer Allen Blickle and bass player Matt Maggioni would not be touring with the band via a web posting on Mar. 25, adding that the pair’s departure is “not sensational” and “does not come with hard feelings.” Baizley went on to add that the band has already found two musicians, Nick Jost (bass) and Sebastian Thomson (drums), “who can approach our music with passion and vitality.”
Dates are as follows: More...
Relapse Records has released a new online compilation in honor of Pat Egan, who recently passed away. The label comments:
"Our hearts go out to our brother Pat Egan and his family. Pat was our Director of Sales for over 10 years and passed away on Monday morning after battling pneumonia. We have created a 20 song sampler to benefit his daughter's college fund. Any and all donations are very much appreciated. RIP Pat, we love and miss you!"
The Dillinger Escape Plan also commented on the compilation:
"On Monday Pat Egan, Relapse records director of sales for the past 10 years, passed away after a struggle with Pneumonia and related complications. Pat was a champion and great friend of Dillinger for years and we are very sad to have lost him. He work very had to get our music out to all you guys and now is your chance to show your appreciation.
"Here is a link to a compilation featuring songs by us and a bunch of other bad ass Relapse artists. All proceeds from the download of this compilation will go towards a college fund for his daughter Katie, a scholar and an athlete with a bright future ahead of her. All of the bands on this compilation have waived their royalties and Relapse is passing through all proceeds from the sale of the comp directly to Pat’s wife and daughter.
"The compilation costs a minimum of $5, but you are welcome to donate more than that if you would. There is no limit on how much you can give."
The track listing is as follows: More...
Baroness band members Pete Adams and John Baizley gave their first live performance in nearly five months as an acoustic set at Union Transfer in Philadelphia on Sunday.
Footage of the pair's stripped down rendition of "Foolsong" is now available via Loudwire or in the player below.
Baizley popped up at Decibel Magazine's 100th issue celebration the night before, joining Converge for "Coral Blue." A live clip for “March To The Sea,” culled from 2012 footage from the band, is available at Spin here. Stay tuned for more Baroness news. More...
Baroness has released a live montage for the song "March to the Sea," which can be viewed via Spin.com or in the player below. The clip, filmed by Jimmy Hubbard, also features candid backstage footage filmed during the band's 2012 tour.
"So here is another video for everyone out there!" shared guitarist Pete Adams. "This was filmed while we were on tour with Meshuggah in the Spring of 2012. Some of you may recognize the footage from several of those shows and the 'Take My Bones Away' video as well. We were excited to be back out as it had been since December of 2010 when we had our last tour before taking time off to write Yellow & Green. You can see from the video we were happy to be back on the road. We're happy now to have this video to share with you all. Enjoy."
Baroness's John Baizley and Pete Adams have shared an acoustic performance of "Stretchmarker," which can be viewed below or at the band's website. The clip, recorded in Baizley's Philadelphia art studio, marks the first performance the band members have shared since their bus accident in August.
"Simply put: it's time to get back to it. Since my belated and thankful return to the USA (after our painful test in motor coach-aeronautics) I can definitively say I've exhausted my reserve of potential leisure activities (there's not that many of them, after all)," explained Baizley. "I've come dreadfully close to boredom, and in those moments I can't help but focus on my glaring physical infirmities. Television offers little respite from this relative stasis; I'm sure by now I have sampled every biker-meth-dealer-zombie-low-talking-cop-crime-scene-serial-killer-real-housewife soap opera that is currently being broadcast (and there's no small number of them). I've tried to fill my weekly routine with as much physical therapy as possible but the truth is, PT is not fun, and its benefits come with a great deal of mental/physical/spiritual pain and struggle. Furthermore, I believe I am getting a touch of Stockholm Syndrome when it comes to my doctors and therapists (the highlight of my week should NOT involve a clinic).
"Music might be the best therapy I have right now. Perhaps it's both the cause and the cure (the thought has crossed my mind); but I feel lost without it. Pete and I have just spent a long week surveying our musical wreckage and, surprisingly, we are quite well and intact. Sure, there are some substantial obstacles to overcome before we write, record or perform any time soon; but we still have everything we need to get 'back in' that particular 'saddle again.' Most of my peers are familiar with such high-school-gym-teacher poeticisms as 'risk equals reward' and 'no pain, no gain;' but did any of us every really believe there was any real wisdom in those adolescent platitudes? I didn't. I am, however, starting to understand the essence of these and many of our other favorite clichés. More...
Relapse Records has released a new free winter sampler, which can be download at bandcamp or streamed in the player below. The track listing is as follows:
1. Pig Destroyer - Sis 01:14
2. Ironhorse - Failure 03:03
3. Weapon - Vanguard Of The Morning Star 04:19
4. Baroness - March to the Sea 03:11
5. Royal Thunder - Blue 09:30
6. Christian Mistress - Haunted Hunted 05:57
7. Hooded Menace - Effigies of Evil 05:35
8. Serpentine Path - Crotalus Horridus Horridus 06:27
9. Inverloch - The Menin Road 06:21
10. Dying Fetus - From Womb To Waste 04:56
11. Murder Construct - Compelled by Mediocrity 02:44
12. Spawn Of Possession - Where Angels Go Demons Follow 05:38
13. Primate - Global Division 02:30
14. Horseback - Ahriman 03:55
15. Locrian - Chalk Point 08:13
16. 16 - Ants in my Bloodstream 04:34
17. Liberteer - Build No System 01:34
18. General Surgery - Like An Ever Flying Limb 02:25
19. Cripple Bastards - Senza Impronte 02:09
20. Blockheads - Famine 01:40
21. Death - Living Monstrosity 05:08 More...
Back in August the members of Baroness were in a serious bus crash while on the road, and vocalist John Baizley has now posted a statement online about the incident. You can read the report below, or find photos from the band over at the Baroness website.
On August 15th, just before 11 am, Baroness and our crew were involved in a very bad crash while on tour. The brakes in our bus failed completely, on a notoriously dangerous, incredibly steep (12% grade) hill in Monkton Combe, UK, on our way from a show Bristol to another show in Southampton. Our bus went entirely out of control, and we had no choice other than hitting a perpendicular guardrail going about 50 mph at the bottom of the hill. The guard rail and the 20 or 30 trees we ploughed through snapped like matchsticks as we went fully airborne and fell down more than 30 feet off of a viaduct to the ground below. Half of the band/crew were asleep while we lost our brakes, and a few of us were awake and sitting in the rear lounge. I was up front with our driver, and I bore witness to the entire thing. Once our brakes failed, the bus could do little more than gain momentum and plummet down the hill. There was nothing anyone on the bus could have done during our descent to avoid the crash, and no one, the local residents, the police or any of us can believe we survived the impact.
Most people who have been in accidents understand the pre-trauma sensation of time slowing down. There were almost two minutes during which I knew we were heading for a collision. It felt like two hours. I remember the sound of the air-brakes failing, and the panicked cursing of our driver as we slowly realized how desperate the situation was. I tried as hard as I could to yell and wake everyone up to prepare for impact. I remember the sounds of confusion from behind me as our collective terror rose. I remember seeing the guardrail split, then a cluster of trees smacking against the front windshield. While we were airborne my eyes met with our driver’s. I knew then that we each shared the same look on our face; and I won’t soon forget it. We had spent enough time in the air to appreciate, make peace with and accept a fate we thought inevitable, and we looked at one another with a horribly silent “goodbye” in our eyes.More...
After being in a van crash in the U.K. last week, Baroness has now checked in with the following update thanking fans for their support:
"Thank you to all of you who have been sending the tidal wave of positivity our way. We are uplifted by its sheer magnitude, and power. Every single one of you is making our days and nights easier and our recovery quicker.
"Thank you all so much, we are truly lucky to have such incredible people on our side. A sincere and heartfelt thank you from each of us to each of you. Please note: Pete is already back in the United States." More...
After Baroness was in a bush crash yesterday, the band has now issued the following update:
"The band members of Baroness and their crew are recovering from injuries sustained after their tour bus crashed outside of Bath, England early on Wednesday morning.
"John Baizley has broken his left arm and left leg. Allen Blickle and Matt Maggioni each suffered fractured vertebrae. All three remain in the hospital as of this writing. Pete Adams has been treated and released from the hospital.
"Three of the five crew members who were on the bus have also been treated and released. One member is still undergoing testing. The driver of the bus remains in critical condition.
"Please stay tuned for further updates. Thank you for all the support during this extremely difficult time."