Prior to BEARTOOTH‘s June 16 performance at the Download festival at Donington Park in Leicestershire, England, vocalist Caleb Shomo spoke with James Wilson-Taylor of Rock Sound magazine. The full conversation can be seen below. A few excerpts follow (as transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET).
On the group’s 2018 album, “Disease”:
Caleb: “There’s not really been much time to stop and think — it’s just been so go-go-go — but, to me, the main thing I think I’ve learned is that the further I’m willing to go diving into myself when I’m writing — basically, the deeper and darker I’m willing to get — the more people connect to that and appreciate that. I’ve just been seeing that at the shows, people I’ve been talking to that are coming. It’s really, really encouraging. It’s made me more confident in being able to open up.”
On what to expect musically from the group in the future:
Caleb: “I’ve already got some ideas. I’ve been working. I’ve got some things brewing… We have more [unreleased] material. We’ve been working on some really cool things… We went back into Blackbird [Studio] and did something around the album that’s very, very special. That’s going to be coming out maybe in a few months. There’s still some work to do on that. And we have more B-sides. There were so many songs that didn’t make the [‘Disease’] record… I think for me the thing that’s cool about it is, it’s like we give you a taste of the more experimental stuff. You write 30 songs, you’re going to have some wild things in there. But we’ve got a few more, and they’re pretty cool, and I think we’ll probably put them out at some point.”
On raising the production value during their upcoming headlining tours:
Caleb: “We just want to keep stepping up the live show. We love playing live so much, and now we get to headline a lot more and get to play for an hour-and-a-half. We get, like, the whole bit. I think just trying to find ways to keep the show more fun and make sure everybody’s really getting their money’s worth when they come to a BEARTOOTH show… We have ideas, [like] as much fire as we can fit on the stage. That was just my dream as a kid: ‘How can we get more fire on stage?’ We started working with somebody, and we just did [the German festivals] Rock Am Ring and Rock Im Park and brought out the full show, and it was cooking up there. It was hot… We just played [Austrian festival] Nova Rock, and it was 88 degrees. It was pretty hot, and then we had 16 pyro [cannons] — like, 15-foot pyro things onstage. It’s like, the adrenaline evens out the how out of gas you are because of how hot it is and how much you’re sweating. You just keep holding on to the adrenaline, and that pushes you through it… You never stop noticing it. It is so hot, it’s crazy. But I love it. It’s empowering.”
BEARTOOTH‘s third album, “Disease”, was released last September via Red Bull Records. The disc was recorded at Blackbird Studio in Franklin, Tennessee with producer Nick Raskulinecz (DEFTONES, KORN, FOO FIGHTERS).
BEARTOOTH — whose current single “You Never Know” sits at No. 27 on this week’s Mainstream Rock national airplay chart — will perform in the coming months at major festivals both abroad (Hellfest, Graspop Metal Meeting, With Full Force) and on their home continent (Heavy Montreal, Louder Than Life, Aftershock, Las Rageous).