On December 18th, Baroness will return with Purple, the follow-up to Yellow & Green and the band’s first since their harrowing bus accident in 2012. Due out through their own label Abraxan Hymns, the 10-track effort was produced by Dave Fridmann (Sleater-Kinney, Tame Impala). Above is one fourth of the full album artwork.
Since the accident, which left nine people injured, drummer Allen Blickle and bassist Matt Maggioni announced their departure from the band. The new album sees guitarist/vocalists John Baizley and Pete Adams rounded out by new members in bassist/keyboardist Nick Jost and drummer Sebastian Thomson.
In a statement, Baizley spoke at length about the forthcoming record:
“After releasing a lengthy and investigative record like Yellow & Green we all felt that we needed to make something much more direct and immediate. We wanted to write with our normal focus on artistry, balanced against an increased level of energy and focus. It was important for us to write our new songs with the type of enthusiasm and expressiveness that could act as a counterpoint to the album’s dark themes. As a result, the music came out in an intense, heavy and sonically captivating in a new way, which was important, loathe, as we are to fall into any kind of complacency pitfall or formulaic songwriting routine. Purple is the most fully realized representation of our intention as a band; considering the amount of physical and mental energy spent writing it, we have accomplished something which would have seemed impossible to us a couple of years ago.”
For a glimpse of what to expect from Purple, Baroness has revealed the driving lead single “Chlorine & Wine”. Listen in below, followed by the full tracklist.
02. Shock Me
03. Try to Disappear
06. Chlorine & Wine
07. The Iron Bell
08. Desperation Burns
09. If I Have to Wake Up (Would You Stop the Rain)
10. Crossroads of Infinity