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Baroness’ John Baizley Explains the Band’s Approach to Stone


We’ve had less than a week to sit and digest Baronesslatest single “Last Word,” off their highly anticipated album Stone, due out this September. As any long-time follower of the band will know, this is their first non-color titled album and interestingly enough, their first album where the lineup didn’t undergo a change from the previous one.

There’s a lot to take in from the single, from its sonic direction, to what it potentially means for the new record as a whole. Sure, it’s got great riffs and a thumping low-end, but “Last Word” is just the beginning. And with this new beginning, frontman John Baizley took to the band’s Instagram page to offer a look into the thought process behind Stone.

“An important through line in Baroness is we don’t like to repeat ourselves. It’s all about the willingness to take risks. When I was younger, the whole point of music was to be different, not to do the same thing, and not to listen to parents or play by the rules. That’s kind of goofy, but in practice, it works. It’s really sort of terrifying to be at the sixth record in your career and think that you’ll have to keep up with your history rather than continually invent. So, we doubled down on continuously inventing to see where it takes us. I think this record is a good reflection of that. Stone is a lot more alive, more direct.”

It’s always cool to be able to get a glimpse into how an artist perceives their latest work. And if Baizley is one thing, it’s an artist.

Stone will release on September 15 via Abraxan Hymns. The band has also announced their “Sweet Oblivion” tour. You can check out the dates below.

Sweet Oblivion Tour

Oct 13 | Baltimore, MD | Baltimore Soundstage [Tickets]
Oct 14 | Richmond, VA | The Canal Club [Tickets]
Oct 15 | Asheville, NC | The Orange Peel [Tickets]
Oct 17 | Tampa, FL | The Ritz Ybor [Tickets]
Oct 18 | Atlanta, GA | The Masquerade [Tickets]
Oct 20 | Dallas, TX | The Echo Lounge & Music Hall [Tickets]
Oct 21 | Houston, TX | House of Blues [Tickets]
Oct 22 | Austin, TX | Empire Control Room & Garage [Tickets]
Oct 24 | Albuquerque, NM | Sunshine Theater [Tickets]
Oct 25 | Mesa, AZ | Nile Theater [Tickets]
Oct 27 | Santa Ana, CA | The Observatory [Tickets]
Oct 28 | Los Angeles, CA at The Bellwether [Tickets]
Oct 29 | Berkeley, CA | The UC Theatre Taube Family Music Hall [Tickets]
Oct 31 | Portland, OR | Hawthorne Theatre [Tickets]
Nov 03 | Seattle, WA | The Crocodile [Tickets]
Nov 04 | Vancouver, BC | Rickshaw Theatre [Tickets]
Nov 06 | Edmonton, AB | Union Hall [Tickets]
Nov 07 | Calgary, AB | The Palace Theatre [Tickets]
Nov 09 | Salt Lake City, UT | The Depot [Tickets]
Nov 11 | Denver, CO | Summit [Tickets]
Nov 12 | Omaha, NE | The Waiting Room Lounge [Tickets]
Nov 14 | Minneapolis, MN | First Avenue [Tickets]
Nov 15 | Chicago, IL | The Vic Theatre [Tickets]
Nov 17 | Columbus, OH | The King of Clubs [Tickets]
Nov 18 | Detroit, MI | St. Andrew’s Hall [Tickets]
Nov 19 | Toronto, ON | Danforth Music Hall [Tickets]
Nov 20 | Montreal, QC | Théâtre Beanfield [Tickets]
Nov 22 | Albany, NY | Empire Live [Tickets]
Nov 24 | Cleveland, OH | Agora Theater & Ballroom [Tickets]
Nov 25 | Pittsburgh, PA | Roxian Theatre [Tickets]
Nov 26 | Buffalo, NY | Town Ballroom [Tickets]
Nov 28 | Boston, MA | Royale [Tickets]
Nov 29 | New York, NY | Webster Hall [Tickets]
Dec 01 | Philadelphia, PA | Union Transfer [Tickets]

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