Beartooth frontman Caleb Shomo opens up on the inventive course of behind the band’s new album ‘The Floor’, out now by way of Crimson Bull Data.

With a brand new, optimistic outlook on life, Shomo tells us how he mixed his love of pop songwriting and hooks with the heavy sounds that made his identify.

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“No matter the way it was obtained, this file was going to be what it was gonna be. Nevertheless it was very affirming. It was certainly one of these common affirmations of ‘Hey, you’re doing the proper factor and also you’re in your appropriate path. Simply preserve going.’”

The Caleb Shomo you knew of the previous is lengthy gone. The inventive thoughts behind Beartooth has confronted his demons and are available out the opposite facet renewed as is displayed within the sunny, optimistic vibes of latest album ‘The Floor’. Mixing collectively his love of pop songwriting with the heavy hooks and screams that made his identify, Shomo explores his journey to restoration and his newfound outlook on life, able to open up a brand new chapter in his musical journey. He guides us by the writing course of and challenges behind the creation of Beartooth’s fifth LP, revealing how all the things you might have ever heard from the band has all been main up up to now.


“It’s a balancing act” says Caleb of the combination of pop influences and heavier sounds on the album. “It was extremely essential to me to signify the place I’m at, in my life, and in my musical journey, and leaning into the pop facet of my writing was very, essential. I’ve all the time been a pop author, and that’s all the time been tremendous essential to what I do. That’s why the choruses are what they’re, and all the time have been very influenced by pop. However yeah, for this file, my motto for the entire thing was simply no worry. I actually wished to serve each track in the easiest way doable.”

“There are nonetheless lots of essential feelings that may solely be, I suppose, put throughout with heavier stuff” he continues. “It’s a way more optimistic album nevertheless it actually is about that transition into the brand new mindset. I really feel like tracks one, two and three are a style of fairly traditional Beartooth. After which from there, you get that massive shift into the center part of the album.”

Along with the broader vary of sounds at play, there may be additionally a newly realized sense of enjoyable to ‘The Floor’, with adlibbed moments on mic and, on single ‘May Love Myself’, the type of melismatic vocal run often reserved for pop divas.

“I used to be listening to lots of Ariana Grande after I wrote that track” says Caleb. “She was undoubtedly the most important affect on that track not less than from a musical standpoint. Should you’ve listened to Ariana, she’s received a fucking unbelievable voice and he or she makes use of it. And I don’t know, I simply was type of getting misplaced within the take. Simply going right into a vocal session from a spot of actual confidence and empowerment, mentally, I feel led for these moments to have the ability to occur. It represents the track. It’s me attempting to seize that second that I realised I’m understanding what self love means. I type of wrote that track actually in that second and it was a very particular factor to have the ability to seize.”

Followers obtained their first style of this newest Beartooth period by way of the only ‘Riptide’, launched again in summer time 2022. Now a well-established stay favorite, Caleb all the time noticed it as being the right gateway into this present period.

“I knew that track was the beginning of the brand new file. It was the primary track I wrote after I had been in my new headspace. It was the primary track I wrote after I stop consuming and made lots of very large adjustments in my very own life. And that was the clear indication of what the file was going to be, placing that line within the sand. I assumed it was essential to place that track out first to offer folks a technique to type of say, ‘hey, prepare for one thing fully new’.”

The overwhelmingly optimistic reception to the only is what gave Shomo the boldness to maneuver ahead, pushing additional into this new, optimistic path he wished to pursue.

“(Releasing it) was the scariest factor I’ve carried out in my musical profession in need of releasing the primary file. Being the man who writes all of the unhappy stuff for therefore lengthy and all people simply realizing me as that, I wasn’t positive what was gonna occur after I type of revealed to the world like, ‘Hey, I’m truly attempting to get more healthy and work out what it means to stay a happier life and my artwork goes to observe that.’ Beartooth is me and I’m Beartooth. So there’s going to be a brand new sound.”


In some ways, Beartooth’s recording course of is one thing of a one-man operation, with Caleb organising a cellular recording studio backstage every time he’s on the highway. However that doesn’t imply that this course of isn’t nonetheless a collaborative one.

“My second set of ears is Oshie Bichar (bassist). Should you look within the album credit, it says further manufacturing. Once you’re doing it fully by your self, it does ultimately flip into white noise. As a result of I’m sporting so many alternative hats. I’m trying on the track from the angle of the lyricist, the guitar participant, the bass participant, the drummer, the engineer, the producer, all of that. It’s powerful typically to have the ability to simply step away and actually have a look at one thing as a primary time listener.”

Scene staple Drew Fulk, often known as WZRD BLD, co-writes with Caleb often and is credited on ‘What Are You Ready For’ and ‘I Was Alive’.

However the collaboration that can seize the eye of most followers is ‘The Higher Me’ which sees Beartooth work with nation artist Hardy on the band’s first ever function.

“Beartooth is a really, very private factor” explains Caleb. “It’s not for anyone else. So I’m not going to simply throw anyone on it for the sake of it. However I wrote the track and I assumed this may very well be the one which I do one thing particular with and get a function on.”

On Hardy, he continues “we turned buddies simply by some mutual buddies within the scene – he’s a giant golfer, I’m a giant golfer. I’ve undoubtedly some roots from my household in nation music, however not pop nation, you already know, like bluegrass and stuff that influenced ‘The Blackbird Session’ EP that we did. That’s actually an homage to my household and my gospel roots and the Kentucky, southern sound that may be very prevalent in my household. That being mentioned, Hardy, can also be type of lower from an analogous material. He’s a rock child who loves heavy steel. He’s simply an absolute sweetheart of an individual.”


“Beartooth songs have all the time come from the very same place, each single one. They arrive from the factor that’s most prevalent in my emotional state proper now that I’m feeling. On the core, that’s what their reality is and that’s the place I write from. I attempt to write from the identical place that I wrote the primary file from, and the primary EP when initially I had deliberate on no one ever listening to this apart from folks very near me and it simply being a private ardour challenge. The subject material is simply completely different as a result of I’m in a totally completely different place in my life. And I hope that’s what folks perceive about it.”

The opening title observe repeats the phrase ‘I’m not lifeless but’, hammering dwelling this new lease on life to the listener from the outset. Single ‘Sunshine’ in the meantime welcomes a shiny gentle into the room, a metaphor and theme that Caleb felt summed up lots of his personal struggles.

“That track is clearly written round me, it’s written round my seasonal melancholy, it’s written round dwelling in Columbus. Figuring out that there’s something I can do to alter it, transfer, get out of someplace with brutal winters that have an effect on me so negatively. Nevertheless it’s scary and it’s exhausting to be caught in that and realise that you must do one thing that’s going to be painful, and it’s going to be troublesome, however it’ll be price it in the long term, for those who simply imagine in it, and also you belief it, and also you go together with it.”

“Even the primary track within the file is extremely transitional” he continues. “Loads of the songs are actually about me quitting consuming and chasing a complete new technique to method psychological issues. The verses are about me nonetheless being in these deep depths, being caught in my methods and simply beating my head in opposition to the wall doing the identical factor again and again and over. After which the refrain is about what it felt prefer to be on this manic excessive of when my chemical substances have been reconfiguring themselves for that first few months with out alcohol. It was a really weird feeling, nevertheless it was actually cool.”

Now that he has had time to replicate on this private change, have the lyrics taken on any new meanings from the opposite facet of sobriety?

“It’s extra simply wild to look again on. I’m simply very happy with myself, I’m actually glad that it occurred. I’ve had so many individuals ask me, you already know, what would you say to your self 10 years in the past? Once I was making ‘Beneath’, I actually thought that was ceaselessly. That there was no method out. I used to be destined to be making this similar file each two years ceaselessly. I used to be destined to simply most likely die at my very own hand, and by no means be capable to wrap my head round the entire unfavorable issues in my life, emotionally, that influenced me. So after I have a look at the lyrics, it’s this disbelief that it’s actual and it occurred. I’m simply happy with myself, that these lyrics are manifesting a wholly new chapter of my life in my 30s that I’m going into, and placing to mattress a vital, however a really painful, chapter of my life, which was my 20s. This might presumably be crucial file I ever make in my life.”


“I knew that the album was going to be known as ‘The Floor’ since earlier than ‘Illness’. I knew that it was going to be ‘Illness Beneath The Floor’, after which that was going to be carried out. However I didn’t actually know what it was going to imply. It represents breaking by one thing.”

When it comes to the paintings, color palettes proceed to play an essential position in defining an period of Beartooth. On ‘The Floor’, Caleb as soon as once more labored with Pressure Division, a Columbus based mostly firm additionally recognized for his or her work with Twenty One Pilots and with whom he has been collaborating since ‘Illness’.

“I embody no matter color we’re going by, it’s extremely empowering. It actually does change the temper. The pink is, I feel, crucial and the most important departure we’ve ever carried out colour-wise. I wished one thing actually gentle. I name it California Sundown – that was what the actual begin of the pink was, after I was out in California for the primary time writing songs for ‘The Floor’. That actually dusty, shiny pink. I would like that to be the forefront. It’s one thing surprising, most likely, that folks wouldn’t suppose that we’d be going with. Nevertheless it simply represents precisely what this file is, which is a giant shift to a complete new space of my life.”


“I’ve no clue what the following Beartooth file goes to be” Caleb admits. “I’ve no clue what this subsequent chapter goes to be. None in any way. However what I’ve discovered is that often, I write a file about precisely what I’m going by at that second, and my emotional state and attempting to seize that by track, which is my most effective method of talking, and speaking something. What that turns into, I don’t know. However I do know what it’s not going to be. And what it’s not going to be is what I’ve carried out up to now. That first chapter is finished. I’ve closed that ebook.”

“A lot of being a musician is planning. If I look on a calendar, I do know the place I’m going to be for 70% of my time for the following two years. At this venue at this date, I shall be on stage at the moment with this band. It’s really easy to get misplaced in that. It’s really easy as a musician to simply get misplaced in time. All I actually hope is that I’m current all through this cycle, and thru no matter different cycles I’ve received, as a result of life may be very quick. It’s really easy to let it simply fully fly proper by, particularly on this music scene.”

“What I care about is simply with the ability to truly get pleasure from what’s in entrance of me at this present second in time, within the current, and simply be right here for now.”

‘The Floor’ is out now by way of Crimson Bull Data.