BEARTOOTH has shared the music video for the song “Doubt Me”. The track is taken from the band’s fifth album, “The Surface”, which will arrive on October 13 via Red Bull Records
Like its predecessors, “The Surface“ is an intensely personal and powerful journey for singer Caleb Shomo, who has never shied away from sharing his demons in his music and with his fans. However, the frontman has turned a corner with a more optimistic outlook and demonstrates exceptional growth as both an artist and a human being through the songs that comprise the album.
The “Doubt Me” video captures BEARTOOTH in their most natural state — performing live and unleashed on their instruments with ferocious abandon.
“We all have our own struggles that we deal with quietly,” says Shomo. “Sometimes, it can be hard to explain to the people around you what you’re dealing with. What may be perceived by others as weakness is actually a battle with yourself that you know will be conquered. Being in the thick of serious change is never easy, and being brought down by those who don’t understand can add to the weight. Know that when you’re in those moments, sometimes you need to just put your head down and fight with all you have, regardless of whatever people say you’re capable of at the moment.”
The first single “Might Love Myself” has stormed out the gates and is proving itself to be a hit, as the fastest-moving song on the active rock radio charts in the band’s history, landing in the Top 20 within three weeks. Additionally, all previously released tracks — “Riptide”, “Sunshine!” and “Might Love Myself” — have tallied nearly 50 million total streams thus far.
“The Surface” track listing:
01. The Surface
03. Doubt Me
04. The Better Me (feat. Hardy)
05. Might Love Myself
07. What’s Killing You
08. Look The Other Way
09. What Are You Waiting For
10. My New Reality
11. I Was Alive
In 2013, Caleb Shomo harnessed the pain of his battles with mental health and self-perception, channeling it into his music. This marked the inception of BEARTOOTH – initially conceived as a living chronicle, a personal diary capturing suppressed anger and despondency. Sequestered within his basement studio, he poured his heart out through screams and melodies, single-handedly playing instruments and self-producing a collection of vehement yet melodious tracks. These compositions carried introspection and admission, as the Ohio native gazed into the abyss. Initially, he had no intention of revisiting the heavy music realm that had wounded him in his youth.
Fast forward a decade, and the various elements of his creative output find cohesion in title, resonance, and ethos. As the frontman crosses the threshold into his thirties, BEARTOOTH‘s fifth album, “The Surface,” not only draws a curtain on this era in 2023 but also ushers in a fresh chapter brimming with unexpected optimism and unfiltered authenticity. Shomo stands poised to embrace the light, having grappled with the sinister depths of depression – a vile, aggressive affliction lurking beneath the surface.
Much like NINE INCH NAILS, BEARTOOTH retains its status as a one-person powerhouse in the studio. Following the introductory “Sick” EP (2013), the album “Disgusting” (2014) birthed the band’s inaugural gold-certified single, “In Between.” Subsequent albums, “Aggressive” (2016) and “Disease” (2018), delved deeper into the realms of despair and suffering, each step bringing them closer to a harmonious fusion of the emotive intensity of classic recordings and the iridescence of contemporary soundscapes.
BEARTOOTH‘s emergence as a force to reckon with was acknowledged by Rolling Stone, labeling them among the “10 Artists You Need to Know.” The fervent response to Shomo‘s music underscored the resonance of his quest for self-acceptance. With “Below” (2021), the band clinched the apex of the Rock and Alternative charts and secured spots on numerous “Best Rock/Metal Albums Of The Year” listings. As of 2023, the BEARTOOTH repertoire boasts an astonishing tally of over one billion streams across all streaming platforms.
From the outset, BEARTOOTH embodied both explosive impact and soothing solace – an outright rejection of suffering in silence. Their music, marked by radio-ready vigor, melded raw sentiment with the chaotic essence of noise rock. While other bands engage in the pursuit of “devastating riffs and catchy hooks,” BEARTOOTH‘s music transcends this, encapsulating the distinction between life and death, and now, a semblance of existence beyond mortality while still tethered to the present. The band, recognized by Forbes as inching towards the precipice of arena headliner status, takes yet another stride towards that threshold.