Beartooth reveal “Afterall” taken from forthcoming EP “The Blackbird Session”

Written by on 10th September 2019

Beartooth reveal “Afterall” taken from forthcoming EP “The Blackbird Session”


Beartooth today drop the second track from their eagerly anticipated The Blackbird Session EP set for release on September 13th. The re-imagined version ‘Afterall’ comes just weeks after the band teased fans with the unexpected release of ‘Clever’.

Every now and again, an artist that is already vital in their genre will take a complete 180º turn with their music and flex new creative muscles. That’s exactly what Ohio-based rock band Beartooth delivered with the folk and country music-inspired The Blackbird Session EP. The Blackbird Session EP reveals a fresh sound from the band — never seen and/or heard by fans -— featuring twangy, stripped-down and acoustic renderings of songs from Beartooth’s latest album Disease, out now via Red Bull Records. The Blackbird Session EP is an ambitious and artistic let turn for Beartooth, exploring lead singer Caleb Shomo’s musical roots. While not an indicator of what fans should expect on future releases, The Blackbird Session EP does show the depth and breadth of the band’s songwriting and mastery in instrumentation.

Presented in video format, Beartooth recorded The Blackbird Session EP at the famed Blackbird Studios in Nashville, TN. The Blackbird Studios is owned by John McBride, an iconic producer and engineer in country music who has worked with artists such as Garth Brooks and Martina McBride, as well as pop titans Train. The idea of metal band Beartooth regarding a stripped-down folk-inspired album in Blackbird Studios was a welcomed project by John McBride, who encouraged the band to record and served as guest engineer for the EP.

“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 continued, “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.

Shomo finished, “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 one full day, Beartooth reimagined four, full-band acoustic live recordings of songs like “Disease,” “You Never Know,” “Afterall,” and “Clever.” The songs are arranged and enhanced with lap steel, violins, and female vocals.

Beartooth partnered with for an exclusive first look at their second installment ‘Afterall

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“You Never Know”



In other news, the band head out on an extensive UK and European headline tour in early 2020 with support from The Amity Affliction, but not before they hit the road this year with A Day to Remember and I Prevail on one of the most-anticipated treks of the entire fall season.

All dates, including the band’s upcoming festival appearances, are below.



11/8   — Horseheads, NY — iMatter Festival

08/9   — Concord, VA — Blue Ridge Rock Festival

27/9   — Louisville, KY — Louder Than Life

11/10 — Sacramento, CA — Aftershock Festival

12/10 — San Bernardino, CA — Self Help Festival



28/9   — Simpsonville, SC — CCNB Amphitheatre at Heritage Park

15/10 — Boise, ID — CenturyLink Arena

16/10 — Salt Lake City, UT — USANA Amphitheatre

17/10 — Denver, CO — Fillmore Auditorium

21/10 — Irving, TX — The Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory

22/10 — Houston, TX — NRG Arena

23/10 — Corpus Christi, TX — Concrete Street Amphitheater

25/10 — Saint Charles, MO — Family Arena

26/10 — Chicago, IL — Credit Union 1 Arena at UIC

27/10 — Minneapolis, MN — The Armory

29/10 — Fargo, ND — Scheels Arena

30/10 — Des Moines, IA — Wells Fargo Arena

31/10 — Independence, MO — Silverstein Eye Centers Arena (SECA)

02/11 — Pittsburgh, PA — Petersen Events Center

03/11 — Fairfax, VA — EagleBank Arena

05/11 — Laval, QC — Place Bell

07/11 — Reading, PA — The Santander Arena

09/11 — Glen Falls, NY — Cool Insuring Arena

10/11 — Trenton, NJ — CURE Insurance Arena

12/11 — Syracuse, NY — The Oncenter War Memorial Arena

14/11 — Fort Wayne, IN — Allen County War Memorial Expo Center

15/11 — Cleveland, OH — Wolstein Center at CSU

16/11 — Ypsilanti, MI — Eastern Michigan University Convocation Center

17/11 — Huntington, WV — Big Sandy Superstore Arena

19/11 — New York, NY — Terminal 5

21/11 — Duluth, GA — Infinite Energy Center

22/11 — Nashville, TN — Nashville Municipal Auditorium

23/11 — Fayetteville, NC— Crown Coliseum



16/2 — Stuttgart, DE – LKA-Longhorn

17/2 — Vienna, AT – Arena Wien

19/2 — Solothurn, CH – Kofmehl

20/2 — Munich, DE – Tonhalle

21/2 — Oberhausen, DE – Turbinnenhallen

22/2 — Wiesbaden, DE – Schlachtof

24/2 — Bristol, UK – O2 Academy

25/2 — Glasgow, UK – SWG3

26/2 — Nottingham, UK – Rock City

28/2 — Manchester, UK – Academy

29/2 — London, UK – Roundhouse

01/3 — Antwerp, BE – Trix

03/3 — Amsterdam, NL – Melkweg

04/3 — Hamburg, DE – Grosse Freiheit

05/3 — Berlin, DE – Huxleys

06/3 — Leipzig, DE – Taubchenthal



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