After a 2012 bus crash left multiple band members injured, Baroness took a well-deserved break from writing new music. Purple, three years later, became the symbol of their music’s endurance and their own dedication to their art; masterful, intense, and full of unique new sounds, the album was nothing short of a triumphant return for the band.
“How the fuck can SMAP break up?” I thought. I didn’t even know I liked SMAP that much. Then again, that’s the kind of hold that SMAP has on their audience: they’re like a first love that you still remember, even after you’re married and happy with someone else.
Anthony Hopkins did not send bloody fingernails to Jodie Foster on the set of Silence of the Lambs. Gunnar Hansen did not wait outside Marilyn Burns’ kids’ schools with a revving chainsaw during the filming of Texas Chainsaw Massacre. So why is Jared Leto getting away with sending live rats, dead pigs, used condoms, anal beads and sticky porn magazines to Margot Robbie and Will Smith?
I met Ellinor in 2013, backstage at an MTV video shoot at Glasslands. She had a lighter stuffed in a lanyard that draped around her neck, all the way down her diaphanous cellophane shirt. Her hair-and-make-up session was punctuated by cigarette breaks. Naturally, I liked her. Also, “Down On Life”, which came out in late…