Beartooth Score First Gold Record In The U.S.

Beartooth’s “In Between” has officially been certified gold by the RIAA. Notably, the single is the band’s first release to achieve that milestone.

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.

Ozzy Osbourne, Dave Grohl, Robert Plant, Etc. Among 600 Artists Asking Congress To Save Independent Venues

600 artists have signed an open letter to Congress in an effort to help save independent music venues across the U.S. Among those who signed are Ozzy Osbourne, Dave Grohl, Alice Cooper, Trent Reznor, Jack Black, Robert Plant, Josh Homme, Beartooth, Cannibal Corpse, Alter Bridge, GWAR, Halestorm, New Years Day, Power Trip, Sevendust, Whitechapel, Zakk Wylde, and tons more.

The letter said the following:

“Dear Congress:

We, the undersigned artists, respectfully submit this letter in support of NIVA’s request for federal assistance for independent music venues and promoters across the United States.

We will know America is “back” when our music venues are filled with fans enjoying concerts safely. The live music experience is inextricably tied to our nation’s cultural and economic fabric. In fact, 53% of Americans – that’s 172 million of us – attended a concert last year.

We urge you to remember we are the nation that gave the world jazz, country, rock & roll, bluegrass, hip hop, metal, blues, and R&B. Entertainment is America’s largest economic export, with songs written and produced by American artists sung in every place on the globe. All of these genres of music, and the artists behind them, were able to thrive because they had neighborhood independent venues to play in and hone their craft, build an audience, and grow into the entertainers that bring joy to millions.

Independent venues give artists their start, often as the first stage most of us have played on. These venues were the first to close and will be the last to reopen. With zero revenue and the overwhelming overhead of rent, mortgage, utilities, taxes and insurance, 9 0% of independent venues report that if the shutdown lasts six months and there’s no federal assistance, they will never reopen again.

We are asking you to support NIVA’s request for assistance so these beloved venues can reopen when it’s safe and welcome us and our fans back in. The collapse of this crucial element in the music industry’s ecosystem would be devastating.

Independent venues are asking for an investment to secure their future, not a handout. One Chicago report found that every dollar small venues generate in ticket sales results in $12 of economic activity. If these independent venues close forever, cities and towns across America will not only lose their cultural and entertainment hearts, but they will lose the engine that would otherwise be a driver of economic renewal for all the businesses that surround them.

With respect and solidarity, we, as artists and as community members ourselves, urge you to pass federal legislation that will help #SaveOurStages.”

Norma Jean’s Cory Brandan Issues Apology Following Insensitive Post Mocking The Black Lives Matter Movement

Norma Jean’s Cory Brandan has issued an apology after posting an insensitive gif that seemed to mock the Black Lives Matter movement. The since deleted post included the words “BLAH BLAH BLAH BLAH” in a font similar to the one used by the international human rights movement along with a caption that said “Roll credits.”

Brandan said the following:

“Monday, in frustration about infighting I was reading between groups with the same goal, I posted a gif without considering its context. A friend let me know the next day that it was similar to a BLM graphic, hurting supporters of the movement, so I deleted it. But the damage was done.

I had been up late following conversations about black out Tuesday. I saw creators and supporters extremely divided in approach and was calling it a night. I flippantly searched ‘blah’ and I saw the scrolling gif looking like the credits at the end of a movie. That gif inspired my text ‘roll credits,’ to say ‘goodnight, I’m out’. My ignorance to the gif’s reference is obvious to me now, though it wasn’t my intention.

Later that night, I retweeted a post from a supporter who was posting their frustration with the black out Tuesday squares driving information off the Black Lives Matter feeds.

This was all before the shit hit the fan on Tuesday with the screenshot of that gif post. I know I should have shown my empathy rather than posting gifs and retweets.

Let me be clear though, Black Lives Matter.

I understand how my shit-talking attitude, sarcasm, and the way I present myself online made it easy for people believe it was an act of aggression and not an ill-informed misstep. That’s on me, too. I take responsibility for all of it.

I respect the scene and I just ask that the other guys involved with NORMA JEAN and HUNDRED SUNS would not have to suffer for my mistake. They are still posting in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement as they have been all week. They are vocal supporters and this should not reflect on them at all. No one else should have to bear the weight of my actions or the responsibility of educating me. All of that is on me alone.

I’m sorry. I don’t expect your forgiveness, but I will be better, because you deserve better.”

Understandably, a lot of people took issue with the messed up post including Stick To Your Guns frontman Jesse Barnett, ex-Beartooth guitarist Taylor Lumley, and Every Time I Die bassist Steve Micciche:

[via Blabbermouth / The PRP]

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.