A column where every week or two I will try to put out a cocktail based on one of our album picks on InTune - providing an interesting alternative to capture the essence of a record in a new way.
Baroness - Gold & Grey
Gold & Grey is Baroness' fifth album so far, and was the album I chose to bring to the table for episode 17.
Forming back in 2003, Baroness quickly made a name for themselves as a talented up-and-coming heavy metal group, harnessing a strong sludgy influence with a hint of progressive metal. Each album so far has been named after a colour or a set of colours, starting with Red.
Shortly after the release of their third record, Yellow & Green the band and other passengers were injured after their bus fell 30 ft from a viaduct, resulting in various members suffering injuries like broken arms and legs, as well as fractured vertebrae. Two members ended up leaving the band after the crash.
Almost two years later, Purple was announced and released with large praise. Now, this brings us to the present release: Gold & Grey a few years later, and officially marks the end of the group's colour instalments.
Gold & Grey is an interesting album to talk about. In a way that not many "interesting albums" are often. It's an album that marks the end of a certain era for a band that yet sees no signs of stopping. A band that could have stopped long ago considering what they've been through. That's what drew me in most.
Vocalist John Baizley is a strong of a lyricist and singer as he's always been, but as many people have pointed out I'm sure, his words seem to hit more personally. Lyrics such as "Better hurry up with the tourniquet / 'Cause I'm open-hearted / Please operator, take it out of here / And start it up" and the chorus on "Throw Me an Anchor" really bring attention to his strengths not just in songwriting, but vocally.
Sure, Gold & Grey may feel like a bit of a departure to a softer sound, but believe me, this band can still hit and feel heavy when they choose to. Which is where the main inspiration for the drink came from. I wanted to capture the harshness and bitterness with something like bourbon, while balancing it with sweeter moments with maple syrup.
Here's the recipe I used as a reference:
2 oz Woodford Reserve straight bourbon whiskey
2/3 oz Maple syrup
2/3 oz Freshly squeezed lemon juice
2/3 oz simple syrup
2 dash Angostura bitters
1 dash Fee Brothers Orange bitters
Shake all ingredients, fine strain into chilled glass. Garnish with orange zest.
I might have went a tad too heavy with the simple syrup for this drink, so if I were to dry it again I'd probably do without it. Otherwise I think this ended up working out pretty well.
Tune in next week for number four.