Baroness, the Savannah-based quartet whose two prior releases (Red Album and Blue Record) were awarded record of the year honors from both Revolver and Decibel Magazines as well as repeatedly placing on year-end best of lists from Pitchfork and Village Voice, return with a new album titled Yellow & Green on July 17 via Relapse Records.
Yellow & Green reunites Baroness with Blue Record producer John Congleton (Explosions in the Sky, St. Vincent, Xiu Xiu) following both the band’s busiest period (multiple worldwide tours including stops at Coachella, Bonnaroo and Soundwave) and most luxurious year, having taken nearly all of 2011 off to freely write and demo for the 2CD/LP album.
“We had been on tour for eight years, and we decided to take a break from our adventure to dig our heels in at home and write a new record,” explains John Baizley, front man for the band and the artist responsible for Baroness’ now iconic album art (an article profiling Baizley as a graphic artist is in the April edition of Juxtapoz). ”We spent the entirety of the past year dedicating ourselves to the new album. Without the break from touring and the time we took to rest and reflect, we would have been entirely unable to write this new record.. We have become re-inspired. Now it’s time to get back out on the road.”
Baizley also recently spoke with Alternative Press regarding the recording of Yellow & Green, which can be read here: http://www.altpress.com/features/entry/baroness_john_baizley_studio_interview.
Baroness embark on their first tour dates since 2010 as they join Meshuggah for a Spring trek across North America, previewing material from Yellow & Green. Tour dates are:
April 25 Columbus, OH Ace of Cups *
April 26 St. Louis, MO Firebird *
April 27 Nashville, TN The End *
April 29 Houston, TX House of Blues
April 30 Dallas, TX House of Blues
May 1 Austin, TX Emo’s East
May 3 Tempe, AZ Marquee Theatre
May 4 Anaheim, CA House of Blues
May 5 West Hollywood, CA House of Blues
May 6 San Francisco, CA The Fillmore
May 8 Vancouver, BC Commodore Ballroom
May 9 Seattle, WA Showbox at the Market
May 11 Denver, CO Ogden Theatre
May 13 Minneapolis, MN First Avenue
May 15 Chicago, IL House of Blues
May 16 Detroit, MI St. Andrew’s Hall
May 17 Toronto, ON Sound Academy
May 18 Philadelphia, PA Theatre of Living Arts
May 19 Worcester, MA The Palladium
May 20 Montreal, QC Olympia de Montreal
May 22 Silver Spring, MD The Fillmore Silver Spring
May 23 New York, NY Terminal 5
* = Baroness headlines, Royal Thunder opens
Baroness is John Baizley (guitars, vocals), Pete Adams (guitar, vocals), Allen Blickle (drums) and Matt Maggioni (bass).
Yellow & Green track listing and album art to be revealed soon.