Beartooth fans may notice some new faces when the band hits the stage alongside A Day to Remember and Silverstein later this month. On Friday (June 8), the Ohio-founded band formally announced the addition of two new members; guitarist Zach Huston (ex-Like Moths to Flames) and drummer Connor Denis. Taking to social media, Beartooth vocalist Caleb Shomo confirmed the news.
“Just to clear the air Connor Denis is the drummer of Beartooth. Zach Huston is the guitar player of Beartooth. Full official members. This is the lineup. Ride the lightning.”
The new additions come a few months after the band’s longtime guitarist, Taylor Lumley, announced his departure. Back in April, Lumley posted on social media that he had made the hard decision of leaving the band so that he could focus “on my life and my art.” While some band departures are not exactly amicable, Lumley reassured fans that there is no ill will between him and the other guys in the band or their crew.
Prior to Lumley’s departure, Shomo had confirmed that the group was in the process of working on new music, thought it was taking a little longer than usual. According to the musician, the band was taking their time because they wanted the new record to be the album fans deserve.
“This record is extremely important to me, mainly because I feel like I owe you all the record you deserve.”
The still-in-the-works record will be the follow-up to Beartooth’s last studio album, 2016’s Aggressive.
Though things seem a little quiet on the Beartooth front, the new lineup will appear at three Vans Warped Tour stops this summer; July 19 at the Riverbend Music Center in Cincinnati, July 20 at the Meadow Brook Amphitheatre in Detroit, and July 21 at the Hollywood Casino Amphitheater in Chicago.