Matt Maggioni Of Baroness Sees Red, Blue, Yellow and Green
Baroness are about to be celebrating their tenth year of taking over sludge metal. The Savanah-outfit are one of the most well-known metal bands due to their mass-appeal, although their sound does not have to be compromised to intrigue listeners. Baroness just released their double-album "Yellow" and "Green." I had a chance to talk to bassist Matt Maggioni about the albums, their color scheme, and touring.
Buick McKane: Your latest release is coming out on the 17th, and it’s a double album. Why did you want to do a double album?
Matt Maggioni: When we finished up the touring cycle for the Blue Record, we decided to take some time off to be at home with our families/friends, and to focus on writing music for the next record. This was a sort of different way of doing things from our previous writing methods; where we would tour and write simultaneously. I think allowing ourselves the time and freedom to really try out songs and really focus solely on writing opened up some creative doors for us, and we wrote tons of material. We actually wrote more than is on Yellow and Green, but edited ourselves down to the 18 songs on the record because the material fit nicely on two records, and we thought it would be a little bit more digestible format than one long album with 18 tracks on it. This way the listener is able to have a bit of a built in intermission.
Buick: Do you consider this to be a concept album?
Matt: Although there are lots of double albums that are concept records, this is not really one of those. It just happens to be a lot of material.
Buick: All of your full-length releases are a color-theme, so what do the two colors yellow and green represent for this release?
Matt: We’ve used simple album titles up to this point as a way of cataloging our releases. The first EPs are First, Second, and Third, and the LPs so far have been grouped together via color starting with Red Album, and Blue Record, and now continuing on to Yellow and Green. It is our way of grouping various periods of our musical history together. It is also more simple, indentifiable way to allow listeners to enter into the music. Instead of having complex convoluted album titles, we’ve stuck to the basics thus far; numbers and colors. Everyone understands these things. They’re a sort of doorway into the more complex innards of the albums: the music/lyrics.
Buick: I’ve always admired your album art. Who makes it?
Matt: We’re fortunate enough to have our album artist within the band. John Baizley, guitarist and vocalist of the band has done the bands artwork for years now. On our forthcoming Yellow and Green John again made the artwork for the cover, and for the first time we’ve enlisted the help of two other artists to help with some of the interior artwork. Both Aaron Horkey and Paul Romano are great people/artists and have made wonderful artistic additions to our albums.
Buick: You will soon go on a European tour and do some American dates, but do you have plans for a larger U.S. tour this year or next?
Matt: We are definitely going to be hitting the road hard in the coming year. We’re out in Europe currently playing both festivals and headlining club shows. Nothing is set quite yet for our return to the states but we’re working on routing for headlining tours in the fall.
Buick: Is there anything else you would like to say?
Matt: Come see us live, we’d love to meet you all. And thank you.
Emily is an avid supporter of the New Orleans scene, often filming shows and conducting interviews with local bands to help promote their music. She also runs her own site dedicated to the New Orleans scene, Crescent City Chaos.
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