BARONESS Release “Purple” Tomorrow; Full Album Streaming Now

Baroness’ highly-anticipated new album, Purple (Abraxan Hymns), which will be released tomorrow, is streaming now via a variety of partners as part of a fan-fueled #FindPurple promotion.

Marald van Haasteren, a Dutch-based visual artist, created the accompanying videos for the song premieres, as well as the internal drawings for Purple.

Purple has been universally praised in the lead-up to its release with Pitchfork saying the album features “some of the biggest, strong songs Baroness has ever written,” Rolling Stone Australia dubbing it “the most dynamic, robust guitar album this year,” Mojo echoing those sentiments, saying “Baroness have delivered their masterpiece: an album grounding their cosmic heaviosity with earthbound, compelling drama,” and German magazine Visions declaring “the quasi-comeback Purple is their best album to date.”  The album has already landed on a number of year-end best of lists including Rolling StoneEntertainment WeeklyDecibel and Stereogum.

“After releasing a lengthy and investigative record like Yellow & Green we all felt that we needed to make something much more direct and immediate,” explains band founder and singer/guitar player John Baizley of the approach behind Purple. “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.”

The band recorded the ten-song album with producer Dave Fridmann (The Flaming Lips, MGMT) at the helm, whom Baizley said “He’s been on the top of my list since day one. I never thought he’d work with us. I absolutely worship his recordings.” Purple also marked the first time Baizley and Pete Adams (guitar, vocals) recorded with their 2013 recruited rhythm section of Nick Jost (bass) and Sebastian Thomson (drums), something the foursome discussed in the behind-the-scenes clip “Fifty Percent” (https://youtu.be/MXHUkOQh2_g). “I don’t think it’s too often you can replace two people in your band like that and have it work out just right off the bat, like clockwork,” said Adams of Jost and Thomson. That clip is one of ten videos the band has shared in recent months, documenting the making of Purple both with footage but also candid interviews with the band members (www.youtube.com/baronessmusic).

As Baroness wrap up a three-week trek of sold out, intimate club performances, the band has announced an extensive European tour, kicking off on Feb. 24 at the Engine Room in Southampton, UK; the same city Baroness was driving towards the day of their now infamous 2012 bus accident. Tickets for all European shows are on sale now via yourbaroness.com/tour.

December 16  Richmond, VA  Strange Matter  SOLD OUT
December 18  Baltimore, MD  Metro Gallery  SOLD OUT
December 19  Manayunk, PA  Main Street Music In-Store Appearance
December 19  Philadelphia, PA  Johnny Brenda’s  SOLD OUT
December 20  Brooklyn, NY  Rough Trade In-Store Appearance
December 20  Brooklyn, NY  Saint Vitus Bar  SOLD OUT

February 24  Southampton, UK  Engine Room
February 25  Birmingham, UK  02 Institute
February 26  Leeds, UK  Lees University Stylus
February 28  Glasgow, UK  The Garage
February 29  Manchester, UK  02 Ritz

March 1  London, UK  KOKO
March 3  Paris, France  Le Trabendo
March 4  Bilbao, Spain  Bilbao Kafe Antzokia
March 5  Madrid, Spain  Teatro Barcelo (Sound Isidro Fest Special)
March 6  Lisbon, Portugal  Paradise Garage
March 8  Barcelona, Spain  Razmatazz 2
March 9  Lyon, France  Le Transbordeur Club
March 10  Milan, Italy  Magazzini Generali
March 11  Zurich, Switzerland  Mascott
March 12  Vienna, Austria  Flex
March 15  Leipzig, Germany  Conne Island
March 16  Munich, Germany  Backstage Werk
March 17  Prague, Czech Republic  Futurum
March 18  Warsaw, Poland  Proxima
March 20  Berlin, Germany  SO36
March 21  Cologne, Germany  Stollwerck
March 22  Brussels, Belgium  AB Theatre
March 23  Utrecht, Netherlands  Tivoli de Helling
March 26  Hamburg, Germany  Gruenspan
March 27  Malmo, Sweden  KB
March 29  Stockholm, Sweden  Debaser Medis
March 30  Oslo, Norway  Rockefeller
March 31  Copenhagen, Denmark  Vega Small

April 1  Hannover, Germany  Faust
April 2  Wiesbaden, Germany  Alter Schlachthof
April 23  Mexico City, MX  Vive Latino Festival