Proving my point that Caleb Shomo and Beartooth are one of the most diversively talented bands of our generation, the guys have surprise-released a brand new EP called The Blackbird Session which features acoustic, reimagined versions of songs from their recently released album Disease recorded at the infamous Blackbird Studio in Nashville.
On the new release, Shomo revealed how the whole idea came about:
“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… 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. 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.
“We had the honour of the studio owner and mastermind John McBride requesting to engineer our session. This led to an environment that was amazing and free. No limits, no worries, just playing and singing…. 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.”
For the big fans, there’s also a documentary below to show you how it all went down and maybe, just maybe, get you frothing these new heartfelt Toooth songs that little bit more.
Give the new renditions a spin right about here
Beartooth – The Blackbird Session EP tracklisting
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