Baroness unveil Gold & Grey via NPR First Listen, play acoustic tonight at Creep Records

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This week, the Savannah-born, locally-based heavy metal outfit Baroness are back with their latest album in four years, Gold & Grey. The album just premiered on NPR First Listen, and the band announced an accompanying tour, with the first stop tonight at Philadelphia’s Creep Records. Gold & Grey is the final entry in the band’s long-running series of color-coded releases, which began with The Red Album in 2007 and also saw Blue Record, Yellow & Green, and 2015’s Purple.

Differently than the band’s other albums, Gold & Grey sees the band becoming more improvisational and unconstrained, adventuring into new territory. The band explores more stripped-back approaches on “Tourniquet” and quiet piano passages on “Sevens,” while keeping true to their sludge metal roots on “Front Towards Enemy” and “Throw Me An Anchor.” This record is the first to feature guitarist Gina Gleason since the departure of Peter Adams. To their benefit, singer-guitarist John Dyer Baizley and Gleason employ a ton of blissful vocal harmony, contributing to the new experience that they bring to the table.

“I made sure everyone understood that we didn’t have to worry about things like brevity, or efficiency,” Baizley told NPR about the band’s spontaneous recording sessions with Dave Fridmann. “What we needed to do was expand.” Not only did Baizley expand musically, but lyrically as well, stating in a press release, “I think Gold & Grey is a more grown-up and more subtle collection of words that reflect how I am trying to deal with the longer term effects of having experienced so many terrible things.” The band has successfully evaluated their past sound and resynthesized it into a new and exciting cinematic expanse.

Their latest tour dates will come through Philadelphia for an acoustic set tonight at Creep Records. Listen to Gold & Grey through NPR here, and watch videos for “Seasons” and “Throw Me An Anchor” below. The 17-track album is available everywhere this Friday, June 14th, and you can find their tour dates below.

Tour Dates
June 10 Philadelphia, PA Creep Records
June 11 Fords, NJ Vintage Vinyl
June 12 Babylon, NY Looney Tunes
June 14 Brooklyn, NY Rough Trade
June 15 Poughkeepsie, NY Darkside Records
June 16 Boston, MA ONCE/Newbury Comics

June 19 Mexico City, Mexico MX at Lunario
June 21 Santiago, Chile Blondie
June 22 Buenos Aires, Argentina Uniclub
June 23 São Paulo, Brazil Fabrique Club

July 11 Lancaster, PA The Chameleon
July 12 Poughkeepsie, NY The Chance
July 13 Huntington, NY The Paramount
July 14 Hartford, CT Webster Theatre
July 16 Buffalo, NY Town Ballroom
July 17 Pittsburgh, PA Mr. Smalls Theatre
July 19 Columbus, OH Newport Music Hall
July 20 Detroit, MI The Majestic
July 21 Indianapolis, IN Deluxe at Old National Centre
July 23 Palatine, IL Durty Nellie’s
July 24 Des Moines, IA Wooly’s
July 26 Omaha, NE The Waiting Room
July 27 Lawrence, KS The Granada
July 28 St. Louis MO The Ready Room
July 30 Nashville, TN Cannery Ballroom
July 31 Birmingham, AL Saturn
August 4 Baton Rouge, LA The Varsity Theatre
August 5 Atlanta, GA Buckhead Theatre
August 6 Tampa, FL The Orpheum
August 7 Ft. Lauderdale, FL Culture Room
August 9 Orlando, FL Plaza Live
August 10 Jacksonville, FL 1904 Music Hall
August 11 Charleston, SC The Music Farm
August 13 Charlotte, NC The Underground
August 14 Asheville, NC The Orange Peel
August 16 Richmond, VA The National
August 17 Baltimore, MD Baltimore Sound Stage

September 23 Newcastle, UK O2 Academy
September 24 Glasgow, UK O2 Academy
September 26 London, UK O2 Academy Brixton
September 28 Bristol, UK O2 Academy
September 30 Birmingham, UK O2 Academy
October 1 Manchester, UK O2 Apollo
October 3 Belfast, UK Ulster Hall
October 4 Dublin, IE Olympia Theatre
October 6 Paris, FR L’Olympia
October 7 Luxembourg, LU Rockhal
October 9 Madrid, ES La Riviera
October 10 Lisbon, PT Coliseum
October 12 Barcelona, ES Razzmatazz
October 14 Milan, IT Fabrique
October 29 Warsaw, PL Torwar Arena
October 31 Prague, CZ O2 Universum
November 1 Berlin, DE Mercedes-Benz Arena
November 3 Stuttgart, DE Schleyerhalle
November 5 Zurich, CH Hallenstadion
November 7 Frankfurt, DE Festhalle
November 8 Munich, DE Olympiahalle
November 10 Leipzig, DE Arena Leipzig
November 11 Hamburg, DE Barclaycard Arena
November 14 Cologne, DE Lanxess Arena
November 17 Vienna, AT Stadhalle
November 19 Amsterdam, NL Ziggo Dome
November 21 Antwerp, BE Lotto Arena
November 27 Helsinki, FI Hartwall Arena
November 29 Stockholm, SE Tele2 Arena

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