I Was Alive
Gold-selling, billion-streaming rock band BEARTOOTH — Caleb Shomo, vocals; Zach Huston, guitars; Will Deely, guitars; Oshie Bichar, bass; and Connor Denis, drums — released their fifth and latest album, The Surface in October via Red Bull Records.
The band’s new radio single and video “I Was Alive” is “about the fact that none of this lasts forever and we get one ride on this crazy journey we’re on, so we’ve got to give it everything we’ve got”, says Caleb Shomo.
Like its predecessors, The Surface is an intensely personal and powerful journey for 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.
“This album is the end of the story of a very important decade of my life and that was my 20s,” the frontman shares. “It’s been very up and down, sometimes more down than up. But as of right now, I have decided that since life is short, I want to focus on the positives. Sometimes all you need is some hard work to show you what you need to do with your life to be happy. Hopefully this album can inspire people to take control of their own lives in any way they desire.”
The album has been one of the most successful of the band’s already impressive career, with the four pre-release tracks accumulating over 65 million total streams and ascending the radio charts. The album’s first official radio single, “Might Love Myself” became the band’s first-ever #1 on the Billboard Mainstream Rock and Mediabase Active Rock national airplay charts.
Additionally, Beartooth have embarked on an extensive North American headline tour to precede their EU/UK dates next fall. They’ve hit the road with special guests The Plot In You, Invent Animate, and Sleep Theory, for a U.S. tour from January to March, bringing the new record to over 40 cities across North America.
“I cannot wait to get back on tour and play a bunch of new songs for a bunch of amazing fans. We get to take out three awesome bands doing great things for the scene. We’re gonna play loud, hot, and fast, and serve up all the new stuff like you’ve never seen before,” says Shomo.
The band’s debut full-length album, Disgusting (2014) produced the band’s first RIAA-certified Gold single, “In Between.” Aggressive (2016) and Disease (2018) expanded on the desperation and pain, each a step closer to a balance between the blood and tears of classic recordings and the shimmer of modernity.
Rolling Stone heralded Beartooth as one of their ’10 Artists You Need to Know’. The rabid response to the band’s music demonstrated how many people related to his struggle for self-acceptance. The album Below (2021) topped the Rock and Alternative charts and several Best Rock/Metal Albums of the Year lists. Remarkably, the extensive Beartooth catalog currently boasts more than 1 billion streams across all platforms.
Beartooth began as both bomb and balm, an outright refusal to suffer in silence, weaponizing radio-ready bombast, delivering raw emotion mixed with noise-rock chaos. Other bands play the “devastating riffs and catchy hooks” game, but this music is the difference between life and death, and now, a sort of life after death while still here.