You sit at a concert hall watching a live band you have never seen, knowing you have to write some sort of story about your night. As someone who is not a writer by nature sometimes the words that could highlight your undying love for music and the people who create it just seem to trickle out……slowly.
That’s MY slow moving brain matter!
Organic, ethereal hard rock with a healthy splatter of straight up punk. Those or the broad brush strokes of the Baroness sound. As I listened on I began to hear little flutters of something familiar, but as soon as I formed the thought it was gone. I tried and could never really put my finger on the pulse of Baroness.
Honestly, the closest I could get to naming a band is Wyld Stallyns, you know…If Bill and Ted could actually play their instruments. Baroness and their jams could save the world man, yeah. That’s pretty much what I’m trying to say.
Save the freaking world!
Now a little from the band and their tour.
PHILADELPHIA, April 7, 2016 – Baroness, who kick off a five-week North American tour later this month, have released a video for “Shock Me”: https://youtu.be/t6OCeW6FVvY.
Filmed in rural Pennsylvania, the video brings to life a number of elements from the incredible artwork Baroness albums are known for. The clip was directed by Don Tyler and John Baizley with art direction by Karen Jerzyk.
Baroness have also named the openers for the band’s highly-anticipated tour with Youth Code on all non-festival U.S. dates, Mutoid Man opening shows in Eastern Canada and Heiress handling dates in Western Canada. Baroness recently wrapped up an extensive European tour, which was hailed as “defiant, dominant and full of heart” (Prog) and a “devilishly complex take on power rock ‘n’ roll” (London in Stereo).
The tour, which includes stops at the Sasquatch, Project Pabst and Shaky Knees festivals, kicks off on April 29 at the Royale in Boston before wrapping up at the Fonda Theatre in Los Angeles on June 3. The band has also been confirmed for Psycho Las Vegas on Aug. 28.
North American tour dates:
May 20 Colorado Springs, CO The Black Sheep #
June 2 San Francisco, CA The Regency Ballroom #
August 28 Las Vegas, NV Psycho Las Vegas
# – Youth Code opens
Purple was released on Dec. 18 via the band’s own Abraxan Hymns label. The Dave Fridmann (The Flaming Lips, Mercury Rev) produced album has been universally praised with Pitchfork saying Purple features “some of the biggest, strong songs Baroness has ever written,” Entertainment Weekly calling the album “their finest release yet,” Rolling Stone Australia dubbing it “the most dynamic, robust guitar album this year,” Mojo echoing those sentiments, saying “Baroness have delivered their masterpiece: an album grounding their cosmic heaviosity with earthbound, compelling drama,” and German magazine Visions declaring “the quasi-comebackPurple is their best album to date.” Purple landed on a number of year-end best of lists with Pitchfork awarding it #6 on their Best Metal Albums of 2015 round-up and Rolling Stone placing the release at #7 on their 20 Best Metal Albums of 2015.