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      May 1, 2019

      Wednesday   7:00 PM

      513 22nd Street South
      Birmingham, Alabama 35233


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      Beartooth began as an emotional exorcism. Conceived, constructed, and unleashedby one man in a basement studio. Now, even as the band has grown to become aheadlining festival act; cracked Billboards Top 25; lit up SiriusXM radio; and werecrowned Breakthrough Band at both the Metal Hammer Golden Gods Awards andLoudwire Music Awards, Beartooths music and message remain intensely personal.The fierce dedication to honesty, authenticity, and raw fury demonstrated by CalebShomo is at the center of everything Beartooth represents. The music hes crafted inhis darkest hours transcends, connecting with the broken hearted and isolatedaround the globe. Songs like In Between, Hated, The Lines, and Sick of Mehave been streamed hundreds of millions of times. These are anthems for thedowntrodden and disconnected, celebrated with sing-alongs on international tours;supporting Slipknot, Bring Me The Horizon, or Pierce The Veil; on the Kerrang! Tourwith Don Broco in the UK; at major festivals like Download and Rock on the Range.What began as artistic self-medication for a single multi-instrumentalist andproducer, with no career aspirations or grand plans, quickly caught fire. The Sick EP(2013), Disgusting (2014), and the sophomore-slump shattering Aggressive (2016)comprise a blunt audio journal, chronicling Shomos battles with his own demons.As Beartooth became a fully functioning band, bringing these intimate musings tothe masses, that purity remained, via a consistently isolated creative methodology.The stark look inward further intensified with September 28, 2018s Disease. The third full-length album from Beartooth is a painstaking, riff-driven examinationof the unshakeable throes of depression. While there are moments of positivity, thisisnt the sound of triumph. This is music about survival.The album is a whirlwind of emotion, Shomo explains. Crazy highs, crazy lows,and lots of intensity. This record isn't about winning anything. It's about trying toeven begin to learn how to deal with things. Its hard to process just how dark youcan get, what you can really put yourself through with expectations. It's like startingfrom the beginning all over again. At the end of the day, it is a very dark album.Even as Shomo and his bandmates played to sold-out crowds across Europe, thebattle against mental illness and childhood issues returned, and the seed for Diseasewas planted. The title track was the first song written for it, setting the overall tone.As always, Shomo recorded vocals, guitars, bass, and drums, and mixed the albumhimself with assistance from an engineer, now with executive producer (andGrammy winner) Nick Raskulinecz, who has worked with Foo Fighters and Rush. Tofurther enhance the emotional realism Beartooth champions, the third full-lengthalbum was tracked in a brand new environment, with an old-school urgency. Aftercrafting the songs in his usual basement domain, Shomo made the trip from thefamiliar comfort of his equipment and isolation in Ohio to Blackbird in Nashville.When I make a record at home, I feel really safe there, Shomo confesses. Goinginto Blackbird, there was a lot of fear. Thankfully, going into that environment justbrought out the best. It made the songs feel even more real. It was all worth it.The famous recording studio was the birthplace of pivotal work from a massive listof legends, tastemakers, and up-and-comers; like Alice In Chains, Taylor Swift, andGreta Van Fleet. Determined to challenge himself in new ways, Shomo kicked asidehis drum samples and digital guitar tones in favor of rich analog vibes, banging outtake after take, to capture the feel of classic favorites like AC/DC and Motrhead.Ten to twelve hour days, six days per week, sweating and screaming throughperformances, resulted in gargantuan surefire Beartooth bangers like Used andAbused, Manipulation, and Enemy, easily among the strongest songs in thecatalog. You Never Know was written in collaboration with producer andsongwriter Drew Fulk (Fit For A King, As I Lay Dying), after several hours ofconversation in a coffee shop. The album closer, Clever, was written in anafternoon at the studio, a fittingly sorrowful bookend to Beartooths darkest album.Depression is something that's just in your head, there's no reason for it, so itshould be easy enough to just get over, but I can never do it. Its somethingunshakeable. I cant make it work, Shomo says. I wanted to write an album aboutthat. Disease really encompasses everything emotionally that I wanted to convey.Shomos commitment to raw and personal truth will always define Beartooth. It'svery important that I stay honest with every song that I write. I didn't even mean tostart this band. I wrote a couple songs and I felt way better afterward. Especiallywith this record, there are no compromises. It is exactly what I wanted to make.With Beartooth, what begins each time as the personal expression of one man isshared with his bandmates, then through the power of musical inspiration andconnection, is given to the world then returns to its creator, to begin the cycle anew.

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