CALEB SHOMO on the next Beartooth album: “There’s a chance it’ll be the best record I’ll ever write”

CALEB SHOMO on the next Beartooth album: “There’s a chance it’ll be the best record I’ll ever write”

In a new interview with the host of HardDrive Radio Lou Brutus, BEAR TOOTH leader Caleb Shomo spoke about the progress of the recording sessions for the band’s fifth studio album. He said (as transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET): “It’s fully finished, rendered. I’ve been working on it for a very long time. I started working on it. (Last year’s single) ‘Countercurrent’ was the first song I did for it, and obviously it’s been a long time now – like eight, nine months. The first really intense writing session, especially for him, was at the end of February, beginning of March 22. I went to Los Angeles, and (recent single) ‘Sun!’ was the first song I wrote there.

“It’s so hard to put words to what it is,” he continued. “I think it’s just one of those things that until people hear it, they won’t really understand. But it’s really a record for people who have followed the story.

“As I kind of talked about, I’ve been trying to make it, intentionally for a long time now, that these first five albums are kind of a big story and the story of my 20s. And it’s all very linear. And the way it ends is amazing. It’s crazy and not a happy ending. But the theme of the album as a whole is definitely much more promising.

“It was written during and after I really made all these big changes in my life and focused on mental health and physical health and stuff,” Caleb revealed. “And it just manifested in a super unique record. I did most of it in LA. I did a lot of it on tour. I mixed it in LA and New York. I just finish – I mastered it at the hit the factory, like finished the mix and mastered not too long ago. I just went out and did a whole label showcase for it. I brought them in and explained the record to them and played it for them.

“We have so many cool things to come. I can’t wait – I can’t wait.”

Shomo also talked about the sequence of songs on the new BEAR TOOTH album, explaining, “There were certain things, going into this record, that I knew I wanted to do and I knew that was important to the streak. And honestly, in the streak, there’s just a whole story – it’s just my last about 14, 15 months of my life, maybe 16 now. It’s just that. It’s just explaining those emotions and those feelings through the songs and through the ups and downs.

“The beginning of the record tries in a way to captivate these extreme highs when I stopped drinking and all my chemicals realigned and my body started to work better again and all that. I had these three months mad, mad high that I was because of it. And that’s kind of how it starts. And in the middle of the record it’s kind of about stabilizing and having to deal with some really big things that have happened in my life and dealing with the loss of someone really important to me, and I ‘speaks. And then it sort of wraps up at the end with… I don’t really want to give away the ending, but I don’t think it’s at all what people would expect from a BEAR TOOTH record – in a very good way.

“I’ve never been so proud of a job I’ve ever done. And I hope that’s not the case, but I think there’s a chance that this is the best record I’ve ever done. I never write. And it’s not for slight myself, but I just want to say with my circumstances that I’ve been through.

“This past year has been the most pivotal year of my entire life, even outside of everything I’ve done in my music career and so on, just for me personally,” Caleb added. “Honestly, during ‘Below’ and those kind of times, and even before that, I always had it in my mind, ‘I’m probably going to die in my mid-thirties, late-thirties, one or the other suicides or alcohol-related” or I don’t really know. But I had no self-esteem. And everything has completely changed. And there’s been a lot of work on that. And getting to explain that on a record just made for this incredibly unique thing. And of course, I hope that’s not my… I guess I’m just getting started. But I think it’s a completely different animal – a hundred percent different animal. Of course, it’s always a BEAR TOOTH record and it’s still me. But it’s just kind of me showing the world what the fuck I’m capable of. And I’m very proud of that.”

BEAR TOOTH was recently nominated for a Libera Prize for “Best Heavy Record” for the hit single of 2022 “Countercurrent”, which has garnered over 20 million streams to date. They also completed a sold-out 18-date European tour, where they headlined some of their biggest shows to date, including the iconic Wembley Arena. This is the band’s most successful overseas run in its history so far.

Last month, BEAR TOOTH embarked on a 38-date US tour alongside TRIVIUMwhich will include a triumphant return to sonic temple festival in Columbus, Ohio. The group will follow the co-headliner with trips to Australia and Europe, while wrapping up 2023 with an appearance at Blue Ridge Rock Festival in Alton, Virginia.

BEAR TOOTH has released four albums to date: “Disgusting” (2014),“Aggressive” (2016),“Disease” (2018) and “Below” (2021).

The Ohio act recently released a deluxe edition of “Below”. “Below luxury” is expanded to include 32 tracks. For this edition, BEAR TOOTH added two new bonus tracks, “Defending” And “Permanently Sealed”as well as an updated version of the current radio single “Skin (Alternate Universe Version)”, which mixes acoustic and electric. It also includes the complete 17-track live recordings of the “Live from the trip below” livestream, recorded at the historic Clyde Theater in Fort Wayne, Indiana in July 2021. An exclusive 52-track Apple eMix “Special Video Edition” pack includes all official videos plus videos from “Live from the trip below”.

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