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Baroness’ John Baizley: “I’m Totally Over Writing Hard Music To Perform”

Baroness vocalist/guitarist John Baizley discussed the groups forthcoming album in an interview with In the interview he cautioned that the album is less aggressive than past works, offering:

What are the biggest curveballs on the record so far?

It’s easy for me to say that, and it’s hard for me to say that, because I don’t want to say, like, “Oh you aren’t going to like this.” That’s not what I’m going for. We need to do different things, so you’re going to hopefully notice a heightened sense of melody and a more developed and focused type of song for us.

I’m totally over writing hard music to perform. It’s fun in that it pushes you to the boundaries of your technical ability, but more recently, the challenge has been pushing out the boundaries of our songwriting ability. We had to say, “Sometimes a simpler song is a better song,” because you pay more attention to the song.

There’s less of an aggressive edge on the record as a whole—nobody’s going to miss that when they listen to it. It is less aggressive than our former music. That is almost definitely a result of us getting older and our interests broadening, but that’s always going to happen.

That’s not to say at some point we won’t go, “Okay, now that we’ve softened up a bit, we need to get harder.” It’s just, whatever we said on the last record has been said so recently, we need to do something different.”

Release details for the bands new outing are currently pending.



    Not what I wanted to hear but I’m open to see what they can do.

  • allichs


    • WURST

      Children Of Boredom.

    • Stereotypical Evil Archer


    • D. Ron Hubbard

      More like the Baron Supremacy.

  • Geor!

    Seems as if they went the Mastodon route, which didn’t really work very well for them. Disappointed with this interview, but hopefully the album changes my perceptions.

    • Stereotypical Evil Archer

      It worked well for Mastodon, it didn’t necessarily work for the rest of us.

    • Farts

      Am I the only one that finds Mastodon to be horribly overrated? Yes, the music is decent and “unique,” but the lead singer sounds like absolute shit live. One of the most overrated bands, to me.

      • WURST

        I think Crack The Skye and forward have been failed attempts. I dig the old albums.

      • llyod christmas

        I agree with the vocals not being great live but that won’t change my feelings on a solid catalog of albums

  • coolguy2424

    Baroness can do no wrong in my eyes. Truly talented musicians and amazing composers. Prog and space rock have slowly seeped into their sound and hopefully that trend will continue.

  • DickScream

    I’m really looking forward to the new record. I’m a huge fan of The Red Album but I like some of the softer stuff they did on the Blue Album as well. Hopefully the vocals will be a little more melodic and not so harsh.

  • goop

    There is something to be said about simple music done well. AC/DC made a decent living out of it.

  • swizzah

    Let’s relax. I got worried too but Baizley is too much of an artist to put out a BS album.