For those who don’t know, Baroness has been out of action for the past few months following their tragic bus accident in the UK over this past Summer, and while news of the bands recovery have been slow going, we have all finally been given the chance to hear from Baroness frontman, John Baizley. Speaking from the band’s official website, Baizley discusses his road to recovery and his current mental state, saying that he has been finding more and more meaning in old grade-school cliches about never giving up and the like.
While this is hardly about me, I have to say that reading this filled with me many different emotions, as I feel particularly attached to Baizley and the band because of their music, as I’m sure so many others are as well. My immediate reaction was one of sadness, as it was quite painful to see such a strong man having to recount his pain and troubles over the past few months, and what he will have to experience in the future, but then that got shut out as I realized this isn’t really a lamenting statement, but rather one of invigoration, not only for the fans who have been waiting eagerly to hear from the band they love so much, but for John and his band-mates who have been striving so hard to get better. It really is quite inspirational to hear what he has to say on the matter, which you can read in full after the jump.
Along with this statement from John the band premiered a live acoustic jam of the song ‘Stretchmarker’ from their latest record Yellow & Green. ‘Stretchmarker’ appears on the Green side of the album, and it’s one of my personal favorites from that record, despite it being a rather short instrumental. It has a lot of emotional weight to it, and seeing these guys perform it for the first time in god knows how long is really uplifting. You can view it below.
“Simply put: it’s time to get back to it. Since my belated and thankful return to the USA (after our painful test in motorcoach-aeronautics) i can definitively say i’ve exhausted my reserve of potential leisure activities (there’s not that many of them, after all). in recent weeks, i’ve come dreadfully close to boredom, and in those moments i can’t help but focus on my glaring physical infirmities.
television offers little respite from this relative stasis; i’m sure by now i have sampled every biker-meth-dealer-zombie-low-talking-cop-crime-scene-serial-killer-real-housewife soap opera that is currently being broadcast (and there’s no small number of them). i’ve tried to fill my weekly routine with as much physical therapy as possible but the truth is, PT is not fun, and its benefits come with a great deal of mental/physical/spiritual pain and struggle.
furthermore, i believe am getting a touch of Stockholm syndrome when it comes to my doctors and therapists (the highlight of my week should NOT involve a clinic). music might be the best therapy i have right now. perhaps it’s both the cause and the cure (the thought has crossed my mind); but i feel lost without it. Pete and i have just spent a long week surveying our musical wreckage and, surprisingly, we are quite well and intact.
sure, there’s some substantial obstacles to overcome before we write, record or perform any time soon; but we still have everything we need to get “back in” that particular “saddle again”. Most of my peers are familiar with such high-school-gym-teacher poeticisms as “risk equals reward” and “no pain, no gain”; but did any of us every really believe there was any real wisdom in those adolescent platitudes? i didn’t. i am, however, starting to understand the essence of these and many of our other favorite cliches.
as odd as it might be for me to write these “updates” after 10 years of personal silence on the internet, i feel that i owe everyone who’s voiced or given their support to Baroness a brief synopsis of our situation and more importantly a heartfelt thanks. honestly, it has made this ordeal much easier on me. what little publicity that surrounds our crash has given voice to so many people who have shared their own stories of injury, trauma and struggle with us, and has furthered my own faith in the communicative and universal strength of music. as every singer on every stage has nightly said, “we wouldn’t be where we are without you.” thanks everyone. we look forward to seeing you soon. here’s a short clip of a song we wrote.”