Baroness to release ‘Gold & Grey’ on June 14

Baroness will release its new album, “Gold & Grey,” on June 14 via Abraxan Hymns. A video for the new song “Borderlines,” which saw its live performance debut at Baroness’s tour kick off last Friday in Houston, can be seen below.

“Our goal is, was and will always be to write increasingly superior, more honest and compelling songs, and to develop a more unique and challenging sound,” said Baroness founder, guitar player and vocalist John Baizley. “I’m sure we have just finished our best, most adventurous album to date. We dug incredibly deep, challenged ourselves and recorded a record I’m positive we could never again replicate.

“I consider myself incredibly fortunate to know Sebastian, Nick and Gina as both my bandmates and my friends. They have pushed me to become a better songwriter, musician and vocalist. We’re all extremely excited for this release, which includes quite a few ‘firsts’ for the band, and we’re thrilled to be back on tour to play these psychotic songs for our fans. Expect some surprises.”

While “Gold & Grey” found the outfit once again working with “Purple” producer Dave Fridmann (The Flaming Lips, Mogwai), sequestering itslef at Fridmann’s remote upstate New York Tarbox Road Studio, the 17-track album ushered in two significant changes: a decidedly different recording process and guitar player Gina Gleason’s debut on a Baroness recording. The band, which tracked portions of the vocals, guitars and overdubs in Baizley’s home-basement studio, another firs, eschewed its normal routine of entering the studio with meticulously detailed plans and instead opted for a looser, more improvisational approach that resulted in its most collaborative and emotionally evocative release to date.

“On ‘Gold & Grey,’ we have taken some unexpected paths on a labyrinthine sonic adventure,” drummer Sebastian Thomson said. “We accepted sounds and styles that have not appeared on previous Baroness albums, and I’m excited to welcome our fans into our new lair.”

“Having the chance to create music without any preconceived boundaries was both liberating and intimidating,” Gleason said. “As we pushed past our fear and comfort zone, the four of us connected in a way that allowed us to create freely, uplift one another and build the unique sonic world that is ‘Gold & Grey.’ As a longtime Baroness listener, it is exciting to have created something new while still maintaining a deep love and understanding of the band’s roots. To say that the making of this record was quite a journey would be an understatement. We are beyond excited to share this experience and music with everyone!”

Baroness tour dates:
co-headline with Deafheaven; Zeal & Ardor open on all dates

March 14 Anaheim, CA House of Blues Anaheim
March 16 Berkeley, CA The UC Theatre
March 18 Portland, OR Roseland Theater
March 19 Seattle, WA The Showbox
March 20 Vancouver, BC Vogue Theatre
March 22 Edmonton, AB Union Hall
March 23 Calgary, AB The Palace Theatre
March 24 Spokane, WA Knitting Factory
March 26 Salt Lake City, UT The Complex
March 27 Denver, CO The Ogden Theater
March 29 Minneapolis, MN Skyway Theatre
March 30 Madison, WI The Sylvee
March 31 Chicago, IL Riviera Theatre
April 2 Toronto, ON Danforth Music Hall
April 3 Montreal, QC Corona Theatre
April 5 Sayreville, NJ Starland Ballroom
April 6 Worcester, MA The Palladium
April 7 Albany, NY Upstate Concert Hall
April 9 Cleveland, OH Agora Theater
April 10 Silver Spring, MD The Fillmore
April 12 New York, NY Terminal 5
April 13 Philadelphia, PA Decibel Metal & Beer Fest (The Fillmore Philadelphia)

“Gold & Grey” track list:

  1. Front Toward Enemy
  2. I’m Already Gone
  3. Seasons
  4. Sevens
  5. Tourniquet
  6. Anchor’s Lament
  7. Throw Me An Anchor
  8. I’d Do Anything
  9. Blankets of Ash
  10. Emmett-Radiating Light
  11. Cold Blooded Angels
  12. Crooked Mile
  13. Broken Halo
  14. Can Oscura
  15. Borderlines
  16. Assault on East Falls
  17. Pale Sun

Album pre-orders (http://smarturl.it/baroness-goldandgrey) are available now with various limited-edition vinyl and merch bundles available, as well as digital pre-orders that include an instant download of “Borderlines.”

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