Caleb Shomo On New Beartooth Album: “This Is The Heaviest Record. This Is My Best Work”

During an interview with Knotfest.com‘s “Mosh Talks With Beez,” Beartooth frontman Caleb Shomo discussed the band’s upcoming album. According to him, the effort will be the group’s “heaviest.”

Shomo said the following:

“I worked on a lot of this album on the road — a whole lot of this record. We honestly could not have been luckier with the way our record cycle laid out.

The ‘Disease’ tour in Europe was our last tour of the cycle, and that finished on March 6th, I believe. And then the next week, everything got shut down. So we already planned to kind of take most of this year off. We planned on not taking it all off, like we’re probably gonna have to.

I’d already worked on a ton of the record, just writing out on the road; I brought a studio rig out there. And that was great.

When it first started, the whole lockdown thing, I just kind of emotionally shut down for a month. But then I just kind of caught a second wind, probably two months ago, and I’ve just been ripping through songs. It’s pretty cool.

About a week ago, I sent kind of like my first ‘draft one’ of the record to the higher-ups. But I’m still just gonna keep on writing. We’ve got plenty of time. But the record is going very, very well so far.”

He continued after being asked if the record still has the Beartooth “formula”:

“I think that something about the BEARTOOTH sound is sort of that formula. BEARTOOTH has a song structure — it’s the classic pop structure of intro, verse, chorus, verse, chorus, bridge, chorus, out. But with this one, I’ve just been trying to amp up everything. ‘Cause with the last record, I really wanted to go for that super-raw, live-rock-and-roll-in-the-old-school-studio and old-school-console sound, and it was rad, and I loved doing it. And it was proving to myself that I can make a real record without computers — well, [without] heavily relying on computers. But I don’t know… I just kind of realized, like, you know what? That’s what I learned as a producer. I came up in the era of mixing in the box and recording in the box, which means using plug-ins and emulations and things like that. I’ve just been kind of using that to try and push it a little further. The formula is still there, but I don’t think it’s in a bad way. I think it’s the formula people want from a BEARTOOTH record.

This one is just jacked. Everything is amped up to 11. I am so, so pumped. Obviously, this is what you wanna think when you’re making a record, but damn, this is the best one yet. Not even close. This is the heaviest record. This is my best work — the most proud I’ve been of these songs. It’s wild. It’s some heavy-duty shit.”

Shomo also discussed the musical direction of the new material:

“The easiest way I’ve been trying to explain this record to people without giving too much away is if ‘Disease’ was AC/DC, this record is BLACK SABBATH. It’s a lot more influenced in dark stoner rock, heavy power groove. Obviously, there’s still a lot of fast [stuff] and some punk rock and all that, but I’ve really been exploring with the stoner metal side of guitars and guitar tones and doing different tunings and lots of fuzz and chaos and layering the fuck out of my guitar tracks.

The whole point, for me, of this mix and the sonics of this record is as big and loud and fucking sonically devastating as I can possibly get it. So on a breakdown, for example, where on ‘Disease’ it would just be left guitar, right guitar, bass down the middle, this is literally… That little clip I posted is I think eight guitars, three bass tracks. Just experimenting — just doing dumb stoner shit and just trying my fucking best. Yeah, that’s the goal — is just sonic devastation, for sure.”

He also added the following when asked if fans can expect to hear new music this year:

“I would say yes. I would say for sure. Again, like I said, we got so lucky with the timing of everything. And originally, we were gonna try and put the record out in 2020. I don’t know if that’s just gonna be possible, because we had so many plans with tours and this epic roll-out that we don’t wanna take away from anybody. So we’re definitely gonna wait until we can do it right and not just rush out a record and then nobody sees BEARTOOTH for another year and a half because shit went south. But I would be shocked if there weren’t at least one single to four singles in 2020. If I was guessing, something in that range.”

[via Blabbermouth]

Beartooth Tease New Song

Caleb Shomo has shared a teaser of a new song from Beartooth’s upcoming album. He also confirmed that the band are currently mixing the record.

Beartooth Part Ways With Guitarist Kamron Bradbury

Beartooth have officially parted ways with Kamron Bradbury. According to the band, the guitarist left for “personal reasons.”

Beartooth commented:

“Dear Beartooth fans,

We feel that it is important to let everyone know that due to personal reasons, we have decided to part ways with our guitarist Kamron Bradbury. Kam has been instrumental in developing Beartooth into the band that it is today.

His contributions will have a lasting impact on the legacy of the band, and he will be missed. We all love Kam very much, and he is above all a once in a lifetime friend. We are thankful to have shared so many memories with him over the years.

Caleb, Oshie, Zach, & Connor“

This news comes after Bradbury took a break from touring last year. Will Deely (City Lights) was previously filling in.

Beartooth Tease New Music In First Episode Of European Tour Documentary

Beartooth have shared the first episode of their European tour documentary. The clip finds Caleb Shomo talking about writing new material for the band’s next album on the road and it even includes a short tease of the new music.

Two More Dates Added To Beartooth & Motionless In White’s Co-Headlining Tour

Beartooth and Motionless In White have added a couple more dates to their co-headlining tour. You can find their updated schedule below. As previously reported, Stick To Your Guns, Nothing Left (select dates), and Limbs (select dates) will serve as support on this run.

Tour Dates:

With Nothing Left:

01/04 Seattle, WA – Showbox SODO
01/05 Portland, OR – Roseland
01/07 San Francisco, CA – Regency
01/08 San Diego, CA – Soma
01/09 Anaheim, CA – House Of Blues
01/10 Ventura, CA – Ventura Theater
01/11 Tempe, AZ – Marquee Theatre
01/13 Denver, CO – Summit Music Hall
01/14 Lawrence, KS – The Granada
01/15 Chicago, IL – House Of Blues

With Limbs:

01/17 Cleveland, OH – House Of Blues
01/18 Grand Rapids, MI – The Intersection
01/19 Toronto, ON – Danforth Music Hall
01/20 Niagara Falls, NY – Rapids Theatre
01/22 New York, NY – Webster Hall
01/23 Philadelphia, PA – The Fillmore
01/24 Worcester, MA – The Palladium
01/25 Silver Spring, MD – The Fillmore
01/27 Norfolk, VA – The Norva
01/30 Ft. Lauderdale, FL – Revolution