The collection of b-sides, covers, and reimagined tracks serve as a supplemental release to the band’s critically-acclaimed 2020 LP, Guardians
Metalcore outfit August Burns Red has shared plans to release the ‘Guardian Sessions’ EP which will serve as the aggregate of the band’s supplemental single releases in the months since their universally-praised 2020 LP, Guardians.
The EP will feature six tracks that range from album b-sides, cover versions of classics like ABR’s rendition of System Of A Down’s “Chop Suey,” and reimagined tracks like their recent debut of the reprise of ‘Extinct by Instinct”.
To commence the rollout for the EP release, the band has shared a new track in “Icarus” that bassist Dustin Davidson explains was intended for the Guardians album, however didn’t make the cut. “‘Icarus’ was a b-side from Guardians because it just didn’t fit the vibe of the album,” says Davidson. “I’m happy that our fans can hear it now because it’s riffy and super fun to play on guitar. It’s the first ABR song that I’ve sang on, and for fans of my side project, Best Case Scenario, I think you’ll hear the influence sprinkled throughout this one.”
The band’s guitarist JB Brubaker further detailed how the EP became a reality. “The Guardians Sessions EP was put together on the foundation of two songs: ‘Standing in the Storm’ and ‘Icarus,'” he explains. “Those songs were recorded in September of 2019, when we were finishing up our album Guardians. Both tracks got cut from the record, as we had too much material and they were the black sheep of the group. When all touring was shut down in March of 2020, we began working on a couple of cover songs and re-imagined versions of some songs from Guardians. Those songs were recorded in the summer of 2020. We wanted to be productive with our downtime and work on a project that would be fun for both us and our fans.”
The Guardian Sessions EP will be released on all DSPs and on 10″ vinyl on April 16 via Fearless Records. The release is available for pre-order here.
Stream the b-side from the Guardians LP from August Burns Red in “Icarus” below.