Interview: The Swon Brothers celebrate ’Pretty Cool Scars’ on new EP (Watch)

The Swon Brothers saw a sharp rise to success when they nearly won the fourth season ofThe Voice in 2013. Zach and Colton Swon soon had a major label deal, a charting single and an enviable touring schedule. But, the country pair, who had been writing and playing in their native Oklahoma for over a decade, ultimately knew what was best for themselves.

After parting ways with Arista Nashville in 2016, they self-released an EP and booked one of the genre's most desirable touring slots, supporting Carrie Underwood on her massive Storyteller World Tour. The lengthy trek gave them the opportunity to show off their chops and test out new tunes on a pretty reliable sounding board: the arena audience. 

On their new EP Pretty Cool Scars, which features the yearning single “Don’t Call Me,” the guys communicate with a newfound directness, sense of style, and, most notably, honesty. They're the first to admit it's the result, and a celebration, of each and every twist and turn. 

"Every step in our journey, from The Voice to [our debut album] to our last EP Timeless up until now, each thing is a new chapter," Zach Swon tells AXS. "We look back now, musically, and as people and brothers and [see] there's definitely an evolution process." As they belt out on the anthemic title track: It’s written on our hands and beat-up hearts and pretty cool scars.”  Hear the whole story of Pretty Cool Scars in the video interview above.