Beartooth released their long-awaited EP ‘The Blackbird Session’ last Friday. There are four songs on it and for every track, there’s a video. You’ll find all the videos on the bands’ YouTube channel. They also did a full documentary, which you can check out here:
‘The Blackbird Session’ EP is Folk and Country inspired. It brings forth a fresh sound that fans haven’t heard or seen from the band so far.
Presented in video-format, the EP shows Beartooth during the recording in the famous Blackbird Studios in Nashville, TN. The Blackbird Studios are owned by John McBride, the producer and engineer, that worked with greats like Garth Brooks and Martina McBride as well as pop titans Train. The idea to record a stripped-down, Folk oriented album in the Blackbird Studios, was very well received by John McBride, who encouraged the band to do the recordings and also acted as guest-engineer.
“When the idea came up to do acoustic sessions, immediately my mind went to family holidays. Constantly surrounded by singing old hymns and harmonies on harmonies. The idea of taking Beartooth in a direction of my first musical moments in life felt right,” said frontman Caleb Shomo. “The songs came out better than I could have ever imagined. A massive, MASSIVE part of that was Blackbird. The love I have for that place goes beyond any studio in existence. The rooms are the best in the world, the gear is the best in the world, the consoles… etc. All of this would be enough to make it feel like home, but the icing on the cake is the people who work there. Every time I walk in, it’s nothing but good vibes and hard workers.”
He continues: “We had the honour of the studio owner and mastermind John McBride (look him up — it’s insane) requesting to engineer our session. This led to an environment that was amazing and free. No limits, no worries, just playing and singing. He handled the rest. Being able to mix tracks engineered by such a legend/tracked on his home turf was an honour.
Finally Shomo explains: “This is 100% live. No metronome, minimal rehearsal, just a bunch of musicians who love what they do getting in a room and going for it. If you want to see and hear Beartooth stripped down to one of its rawest and most emotional forms, please enjoy.”
In only one day the band achieved to record four acoustic live tracks with the whole band, including the songs ‘Disease’, ‘You Never Know’, ‘Afterall’ and ‘Clever’. The songs have been arranged with a lap steel guitar, violin and female vocals.
Beartooth will soon head out on tour with A Day To Remember, I Prevail and Can’t Swim.
They also announced a European/UK headline tour for 2020. Special guests will be The Amity Affliction.