Written by guest writer and photographer Aron Harris. Aron is a designer/photographer/musician who drinks lots of coffee in Toronto. His photography can be seen athttps://www.instagram.com/
*photos by Aron Harris
Touring behind their latest album, Purple, Baroness took over Toronto’s Opera House on May 3rd. From the first notes of “Kerosene”, the crowd roared their appreciation of the band. The setlist leaned heavily on songs from Purple and previous album, Yellow & Green. Between songs, a cheer came up from the crowd as one fan spoke for the room by yelling “Toronto loves Baroness”. As the audience sang each word along with singer/guitarist, John Baizley, his perpetual smile showed that the appreciation was mutual.
Opening the night was hardcore semi-supergroup, Mutoid Man. The band features singer/guitarist Stephen Brodsky of Cave In, drummer Ben Koller of Converge and bassist Nick Cageao. Their music is full of fast riffs and thunderous drumming with Brodsky’s scream-to-soaring baritone woven in. While the band takes the music seriously, their onstage horseplay, rock posing and Brodsky’s overblown metal stage banter shows that they don’t take it all too seriously. Their covers of both Prince’s Purple Rain and The Animals’Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood shows that they’re not your average hardcore band.