Baroness and Neurosis Members Team Up in New Band Razors in the Night
The annual Roadburn Festival in Tilburg, The Netherlands, has been described to me with all forms of superlatives by those who’ve attended. It is, according to anyone who’s been, quite a special gathering of metal bands, fans, minds and spirits.
Now the 2017 incarnation of Roadburn just got an extra-special addition: Razors in the Night, a new group formed by Baroness mastermind John Baizley — who curated this year’s fest — along with his bandmates Pete Adams and Marek Sarba and Neurosis vocalist/guitarist Scott Kelly.
Now in its 19th year, the lineup features Wolves in the Throne Room, Subrosa, Deafhaven, Big Business, Chelsea Wolfe, Whores, Baroness, Perturbator, Woe, Cobalt, Youth Code, My Dying Bride, Carpenter Brut, Pallbearer, Oxbow, Sumac, Ulver and Inter Arma, to name just a few. You can check the entire four-day, four-stage lineup right here.
“For a few years now, a few of my friends and I have been talking about creating a special set for Roadburn; a covers set that pays homage to the seminal music we listened to and played, long before we started playing heavy music, or metal. Music which, however buried it is within the current sounds of our bands, is in fact the life’s blood and beating heart of what we do.
“Music that was an critical guidepost regarding how we approach our music, our art, and the world at large. Music that taught us to question everything, settle for nothing, and encouraged us to follow each of our own individual ambitions and directions, regardless of how contradictory they may have seemed to those around us.
“Without Punk, there would be no Baroness, no Neurosis; and I know so many other bands out there that come form the same place. Though it’s style was, at times simplistic and blunt, punk’s ideology and musical execution was at heart sophisticated, straightforward, no-bullshit; and it spoke to that purely instinctual part of us, which often needed a powerful and effective tool to help us express ourselves in a world we often felt at-odds with.
“Scott Kelly (Neurosis / Corrections House), Pete Adams (Baroness / Valkyrie), and Marek Sarba (Insuiciety / Baroness & Neurosis Road-monster), and I are thrilled to be playing a set of our favorite classic punk songs on the Het Patronaat stage on April 22.
“For those of you familiar with classic 80’s punk, you will almost certainly know these songs, please come out and sing along with us – its always been about community. And for those of you unfamiliar with that era of punk, please come check out a cross-section of those songs and bands that defined our early years of musical discovery. You don’t need to tune down to be heavy.”