Caleb Shomo isn’t sure how fans will react to ‘Different’ new Beartooth album

Bear tooth isn’t known for releasing music about the happiest of topics, but front man Caleb Shomo has had a shift in perspective over the past few years. Talking to Loudwire nights host Toni Gonzalez about their new album, Shomo admitted he’s unsure how fans will react to this shift in perspective.

When Beartooth released upbeat Riptide over the summer, Shomo called it his own version of a “dance song” [via NME] because it reflects the new and more optimistic phase of life he is currently in. And while he said the new record isn’t exactly going to be “all sunshine and roses,” it’s certainly a different direction for Beartooth, especially compared to their 2021 album Below, which was more indicative of Shomo’s personal struggles at the time.

“I just want to be happy… I realized that until I give myself a break, until I learn to love who I am — the good, the bad, the ugly — it’s not going to happen. I think ‘Riptide’ to be right after I made the choice to stop drinking, which was a really big thing for me – alcohol has been a big part of my life for the last 10 years… I’ve never seen myself as someone who was strong or someone who had a lot of will or ability,” Shomo shared.

“So when I was able to do that, and really started chasing all these things to just enhance my own life experience, it was intense. And that’s kind of what ‘Riptide’ was about, like, why not just try?”

The singer opened up about his decision to quit drinking and assured that he is not against alcohol and in fact loves to have fun. However, it just didn’t fit with the goals he started setting for himself, especially the physically demanding ones like getting up in the morning to run.

Beartooth fans have always known and loved Shomo’s songwriting for his transparency about personal turmoil and introspection, so this line of thinking may come as a bit of a surprise to fans, and he’s not sure how they’ll react.

“I really don’t know. It’s definitely different. It was really nerve-wracking to put out ‘Riptide’ more than even the really dark records I’ve put out,” the singer explained. “It was just so different. It’s me actually trying to figure out the pain instead of just wallowing in it. It was very encouraging to see how people felt about it and I think they could really understand what I was going through and they are really happy for me. It was really encouraging.”

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