Introducing Italy's slow hand purveyors of ambient experimental
Stoner pop? Beach Boys-like doom? Whatever
I don't really
consider us black metal in any sense of what black metal is.
despair, hate, irony, death,
loss, betrayal, etc
Between the delicacy of
gorgeous acoustics & the
ugliness of noise rock.
TRACTOR SEX FATALITY:
The most active defunct garage band in Seattle answers our questions.
Thrash metal revivalists
speak out against false metal
The man behind the voice of some of the most underrated
underground American bands.
THE PAX CECILIA:
Giving their music away for free. And it's damn good too.
Hardcore has always been
about self-expression and
that's exactly what we do.
Carolina psychedelic hard-rockers acquire
'band to watch' status..
The best self-indulgent odd
metered prog metal band around.
Men of few Words.
This is a pretty short interview with bassist Summer Welch. This
is not by choice but because Baroness wants it that way. Out of
10 questions Welch only answered six. But thatís cool, what are
you gonna do? Force them to talk about stuff they donít like to
talk about; like favorite records or the reasons for the split
with their guitarist or the reason for their moniker and their
choices for album titles. Yeah, I was a bit disappointed by
this but, what are you gonna do? Perhaps our questions were too
lame or he needed to rest his fingers. Who knows? Baroness still
remains one of the few American bands with an interesting sound
and we are anxiously awaiting the release of their new album.
The band formed in 2003 in Lexington, VA.
What prompted the move to Savannah, GA?
Actually, Baroness did not form in
Lexington. Although the roots of the band were planted there,
John, Allen and myself we all played in a band while me and
Allen were in high school. Upon graduating I moved to Croatia
in the summer of 2001, Allen went off to college and John moved
to Savannah for a change of pace. I moved down to Savannah over
a year after John, upon my return from Europe. We started
writing music again, and about 7 months later Allen moved down
for the summer and the three of us, along with our friend Tim,
created what would be Baroness.
Kylesa hail from the same city and you guys share a few musical
traits. Some great music gets made because musicians have this
really intense relationship to their dwellings. How is your
relationship to the city? How does it
affect your music and does it help in the creative process?
Speaking for my self, I feel very close to
Savannah. It is a strange city. Sometimes Iím in love with it
and sometimes I hate it. I guess is kind of like a long term
relationship. There are ups and downs. Iíve been living here for
close to five years, and in that time I have formed quite a bond
with my surroundings. Savannah is dark and dirty, but at the
same time is beautiful and fresh in its own right. I believe the
feeling that embodies Savannah, embodies our music as well
Looking back at the beginnings of the band, how has Baroness'
music and the band itself changed?
I feel that
all things creative should change over time, and if they donít
then something is wrong. We have been a band for three and a
half years now. We have changed physically and emotional as a
band and as people. I canít say exactly how the band has
changed, but I can say that I feel it is a natural and welcomed
Word on the street is there is a split with The Unpersons coming
out on At A Loss relatively soon, what can you tell us about it?
Recording,Östill using Kylesaís Phillip Cope as a producer/ same
Indeed we recorded at the Jam room in SC.
And Phillip was in the studio with us. This was recorded over a
year ago and as of today is still not out. The material is
somewhat outdated for us personally. This was the last recording
that our former guitarist Tim was involved in and it was
somewhat emotional time because he had all ready parted ways
with us at that point. We had recently returned from our first
UK stint with our new guitar player Brian. When we went into the
studio, because Tim had been really involved in the writing of
the two songs that were recorded, we felt that it was important
that he be apart of that recording session. The split will be
out on At a Loss Records and should be available in the next
month or so.
I understand that your first full length is also due this year.
Is this true? How is the new material shaping up? How does it
differ from the material found on First and Second?
This is true. We have the full-length
written and are slated to record in early April, which means
that it should be out in August.
There is a east coast /Midwest three week
tour supporting the new album in the works for September,
followed by a three week European trek.