Baroness have been in the studio working on new material. This news comes after John Baizley previously said that the band have nearly 30 new songs written.
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Baroness will be releasing new vinyl pressings of “Red Album,“ “Blue Record,” and “Yellow & Green“ on October 24. Fans can pre-order the albums as limited edition picture discs at baronessmerch.shop.
As previously reported, Baroness recently performed their latest album “Gold & Grey” in full during a special livestream from the Culture Lab LIC at The Plaxall Gallery in Long Island City, NY. Now, the group have shared footage of “Front Toward Enemy” from the set:
In other news, John Baizley has also revealed that the band have close to 30 songs in the works for their next album. He told MetalSucks the following about that:
“We started doing Zoom meetings every Monday night, and mostly that’s because we’ve been writing since March or April. We’re talking about new stuff we’re doing, which is all file sharing, all trading elements of songs, and [we’re] hoping when we get together that they congeal.
It seems really obvious to us that if we had all our eggs in the tour basket then we’d just remove them from that basket and put them into producing and creating new music. So at this moment I think we’ve written just under 30 songs, we have just under 30 songs started, and well over three hours worth of music to go through and refine and work on as a band now that we’ve individually all kinda done our things with it. It’s been really surprising and exciting.
I don’t know if its a well-kept secret, but we work slow! We’re glacial. Everybody I’ve worked with in the past knows how long it takes for us to get everything together ’cause we do it in this ridiculously complex, layered and embellished way. It takes time.
So when all we had was time, initially I was afraid it was just going to be this sort of vicious cycle of having too much time, not knowing what to do with it and making the time it takes us to write twice as long, three times as long. But in fact we put some rules on it and made a routine out of it.
We’re writing music, better music, faster than we ever have in the past, so that’s been encouraging. At the same time, its also good to feel some encouragement about what we’re doing and to feel inspired. So [we’re] really putting our noses to the grindstone this year and keeping a low profile and just dedicating ourselves to writing something new and something great and something that feels genuine and unforced.
The fact that we’ve gotten so far into that process feels really great to me. I don’t know how viable it is to just write music, record music and release music [without touring], but there’s definitely no other way to start whatever it’s going to be like for musicians and artists in the future.
It seems like a very safe bet to say if we have content, if we have new music, if we’re constantly in the cycle of writing and we take some of the energy that we [usually] spend on tour — which is a ton of it, it was supposed to be eight months this year — if we just take that energy and put it towards music production and creating new things, that’s the only place we can start from. Certainly doesn’t make sense to try to make up for lost tour time any other way.
It’s strange how narrow the focus gets and how that feels like it’s going to be a limitation and then, in fact, for Baroness, it just put us on a track that’s been great for us. Otherwise I think we would have four tours under our belt since the pandemic started, all over the place: Japan, Australia, Europe, another U.S. tour
So those things have already come and gone, but in the interim we have made so much new stuff that the prospect of the future is exciting for us because we’ve made it this far, we haven’t had to shutter the HQ, we haven’t had to call it quits yet.”
Baroness will be performing “Gold & Grey” in full during an upcoming virtual concert. The event will stream live from the Culture Lab LIC at The Plaxall Gallery in Long Island City, NY on September 10 and tickets for it can be found HERE. Gina Gleason commented:
“The process of recreating the soundscape of ‘Gold & Grey‘ for a live setting has been fun and inspiring to us as we forward to new musical territories. We’re excited to share this experience with everyone!”
Baroness and Against Me! have cancelled their co-headlining tour due to the coronavirus pandemic. The trek, which also featured Destroy Boys and Drug Church, was supposed to launch next month.
“We know you have been waiting patiently to hear word on the status of our upcoming shows in May with Against Me!. Unfortunately with local restrictions and with the health of our fans, crew and the band in mind, we will be cancelling all shows in May. We are just as bummed out (if not more) to not be seeing you in the upcoming weeks, but once the current situation has passed and it is safe for us all to gather again we will be coming your way to celebrate life and (new) music with you.
If you have purchased a ticket for any of these shows, you should be receiving a refund in the next few weeks. If you do not, please contact your point of purchase.
In the meantime please, stay safe, stay health, and even though we are physically apart we are all in this together.
Baroness have shared a “socially distant” performance of their song “Tourniquet.” That track appears on the band’s latest album “Gold & Grey.“
The group commented:
“Hey everyone! Here’s an as-live-as-possible performance of ‘Tourniquet’ that we made over the course of a couple days during this period of isolation. We have all maintained a rigid policy of social-distancing since becoming aware of this pandemic; which has unfortunately deprived us of our much preferred means of playing music.
Throughout this crisis, the overall safety and responsibility of our global human community far outweighs the individual value of any show, festival or tour. We’re refocusing and redoubling our energy to adapt to this situation as it unfolds.
As difficult as it seems to navigate the effects of this virus, the isolation has not stripped us of our passion for Baroness’ music. Playing music so far from our bandmates will never be particularly natural.
However, the experience of making this video through emails, texts and phone calls has been a powerful reminder of how inspiring and invigorating music can be in times of stress, struggle and confusion.
We hope you enjoy this performance. It isn’t meant to highlight musical perfection or precision. Personally, it serves as a reminder that, no matter what situation we face, we are still able to enjoy friendship, family and community through something as simple as a song. Isolated but never alone… Baroness.”
Baroness have added three new dates to their June European tour. You can find the updated schedule for that run below.
06/04 Solvesborg, SWE – Sweden Rock Festival
06/05-07 Nuermberg, GER – Rock im Park
06/05-07 Nurburg, GER – Rock am Ring
06/09 Prague, CZE – Palac Akropolis
06/10 Krakow, POL – Mystic Festival
06/11-13 Interlaken, SWI – Greenfield Festival
06/14 Derby, UK – Download Festival
06/16 Esch-sur-Alzette, LUX – Rockhal (feat. Gojira)
06/19 Clisson, FRA – Hellfest
06/20 Vitoria-Gasteiz, SPA – Azkena Rock Festival
06/22 Tilburg, NET – 013
06/23 Hamburg, GER – Knust
06/25 Oslo, NOR – Tons Of Rock
06/26 Helsinki, FIN – Tuska Open Air Metal Festival
Against Me! and Baroness have announced a spring co-headlining tour. Destroy Boys and Drug Church will open on select dates.
05/01 Detroit, MI – The Majestic Theatre
With Destroy Boys:
05/02 Grand Rapids, MI – The Intersection
05/03 Milwaukee, WI – The Eagles Club (no Destroy Boys)
05/05 Minneapolis, MN – First Avenue
05/06 Lawrence, KS – Liberty Hall
05/07 Omaha, NE – Slowdown
05/08 Fort Collins, CO – Washington’s
05/10 Boise, ID – Knitting Factory
05/11 Seattle, WA – The Showbox
05/12 Vancouver, BC – The Vogue Theater
05/13 Portland, OR – Roseland Theater
05/15 San Francisco, CA – The Regency Ballroom
With Drug Church:
05/16 Los Angeles, CA – The Wiltern
05/17 Santa Ana, CA – The Observatory
05/19 Phoenix, AZ – The Pressroom
05/20 Albuquerque, NM – Sunshine Theater
05/22 Dallas, TX – HiFi
05/23 Houston, TX – White Oak Music Hall
05/24 San Antonio, TX – The Aztec Theatre
05/26 Nashville, TN – Brooklyn Bowl
05/27 Louisville, KY – Mercury Ballroom
05/29 Silver Springs, MD – The Fillmore
05/30 Stroudsburg, PA – The Sherman Theater
Deftones and Baroness have announced a couple shows together around the upcoming Australian Download Festival events. Here’s the dates:
03/18 Brisbane, AUS – Fortitude Music Hall
03/23 Adelaide, AUS – Thebarton Theatre
Baroness have shared an acoustic performance video for “Tourniquet.” The clip was filmed at Darkside Records in Poughkeepsie, NY back in June. The song appears on the band’s latest album “Gold & Grey.“