"It seemed like Gold & Grey was the best way to avoid calling it Orange..." - Baroness open up about their new album
Having been through red, blue, yellow, green and purple, Georgian metallers Baroness have now moved onto Gold & Grey for their new album, which is their fifth.
Recorded with Tame Impala/The Flaming Lips producer Dave Fridmann, the album continues the band's journey, combining hazy psychedelia with metal. The songs rise and fall, with glacial passages and biting riffs sitting alongside side each other in perfect harmony.
With the album out now, we spoke to frontman John Baizley about how it came together...
When did you start work on the songs for Gold & Grey?
"We started working on these songs about three years ago."
How did you want this album to move on from what you did on Purple?
"Purple was always meant to be a focused, immediate and sort of blunt album. When writing Gold & Grey, we felt it was time to return to the type of diversity, expansion and creative mindset that we’d had on yellow and green, which had otherwise stopped short, following the bus crash I was involved with in 2012 (Baroness's tour bus fell from a viaduct while driving through Bath. The band all suffered injuries, but only Baizley, who suffered a broken arm and a broken leg, remains in the line-up). My personal vision has always been aimed towards making an album like this."
You worked with Dave Fridmann on the album, as you did on Purple, why did you decide to work with him again? What does he give you as a producer?
"We worked with him again, because we love the open way he approaches our sound. we appreciate his input regarding composition and performance and here way he inspired confidence as we explore more and more adventurous songwriting."
This is your first album with Gina in the band, what has she brought to the writing process?
"Gina is an incredibly talented musician. She has a wonderful voice, she understands song structure and how her instrument can be used best to support each song as a whole. She's an adventurous player, who's been willing to really dig deep and create unique sounds. Most importantly, she's got a wonderful personality, which is always a critical feature of each of our members, we have to collaborate to make things the way we do."
What kind of album is this lyrically? Is there a theme to it?
"It’s an album about my experiences, in the time since we last released a record."
This is a 17-track album, why did you decide on that length? Did you have a lot of songs to choose from for the album?
"We never really discussed our intentions regarding album length; we simply wrote music until we felt that the record was done."
When did you settle that Gold & Grey would be the colour for the album’s title? Were any other titles and colours in contention?
"It seemed like Gold & Grey was the best way to avoid calling it Orange, which we’d initially named it. Gold & Grey seemed more conceptually appropriate and had lyrical tie-ins."
What are your plans to take the album out live?
"A much as we can. We're back in the UK in September with Volbeat."
Baroness' new album Gold & Grey is out now in hmv stores.