“I like the rawness and the vulnerability you get from a cleaner sound... I like having to work for it a little bit”: Gina Gleason explains why Baroness made the switch from humbuckers to single coils – and sounded all the heavier for it

Gina Gleason live onstage with Baroness at Tuska Festival 2022
(Image credit: Miikka Skaffari/Redferns)

When Gina Gleason joined Baroness as lead guitarist in 2017, she made the transition from being a longtime fan to becoming an essential part of the band’s creative machinery.

She heard the band’s music for the first time in 2012. She laughs at the memory. “My brother showed me Baroness when the Yellow & Green album came out and he was like, ‘I think I’m about to show you your new favourite band. It’s a metal band but it’s got a little more special sauce to it.’”

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Ellie Rogers

Since graduating university with a degree in English, Ellie has spent the last decade working in a variety of media, marketing and live events roles. As well as being a regular contributor to Total Guitar, MusicRadar and GuitarWorld.com, she currently heads up the marketing team of a mid-scale venue in the south-west of England. She started dabbling with guitars around the age of seven and has been borderline obsessed ever since. She has a particular fascination with alternate tunings, is forever hunting for the perfect slide for the smaller-handed guitarist, and derives a sadistic pleasure from bothering her drummer mates with a preference for “f**king wonky” time signatures.