Beartooth – Stray From The Path, My Ticket Home
Event on 2016-05-19 17:30:00
This event is all ages
Delivering aggressive, no-frills metallic hardcore of the highest caliber,
BEARTOOTH crash land on the heavy music landscape with the
appropriately titled SICK EP, masterminded by young veteran/
multitalented instrumentalist/producer/songwriter Caleb Shomo.
Since executing vocals, guitar, bass, drums and programming in his
studio, Shomo assembled some of his Midwest crew to form the live
incarnation of the rapidly ascending outfit, putting a physical
personification to the music rattling around inside his head.
Beartooth’s relentless determination, exceedingly connective
performances and hard won respect amongst their peers has resulted in
an extremely powerful new band who has only begun to get started. It’s
a startlingly refreshing return to form for modern Metalcore, a back-tobasics
exploration of dark emotions within a framework of heaviness.
Beartooth songs are jam-packed with the passion, energy and urgent
excitement of the underground Metalcore that emerged over two
decades ago, projected through the lens of men who are still in their
early twenties but have packed a lifetime of experience into their
careers. Beartooth is a wakeup call, a rallying point against scene trends
that have watered down the vibrant spirit of a classic sound; there is
nothing fake about the sentiments on display. It’s real. It’s raw. Driven
by the gritty sounds of guitar, bass, drums and forcefully deliberate
vocals, Beartooth’s opening salvo delivers undeniable anthems.
“I Have a Problem,” “Go be the Voice,” “Pick Your Poison” and “Set Me on
Fire” confidently announce Beartooth’s arrival to the world via an aural
assault that viscerally connects in a way that is primal and destructive.
There is no distinction between the band and their audience. They are
one. Beartooth serves up arrestingly personal musings that act as
conduits to their fans, the people who struggle with the same issues.
The best bands are often birthed by the most modest of intentions. No
master plan, no blueprint for success, no marketing strategies – these
are the types of groups whose organic formation ensures an
authenticity to their creative output that can’t be manufactured. When
all of the stars align and the material is fully executed, it’s groups like
Beartooth who ultimately dominate against pretenders to the throne.
Caleb Shomo has gone through more as a songwriter, performer and
producer in just a few short years than some music industry veterans
will witness in a lifetime. His early excursions under the DJ Club
moniker included a collaboration with Max Green (Escape The Fate) and
Craig Mabbit (Escape The Fate, Blessthefall, The Word Alive) – no mean
feat for a super young kid forging an identity in suburban Ohio. At 15, he
took on programming and keyboards for pioneering/controversial
scene sensations Attack Attack!. When Austin Carlile (now in Of Mice &
Men) left the group, Shomo took over on the brutal side of the band’s
vocals for the Attack Attack!’s self-titled second album, which debuted
at #1 on Billboard’s indie chart. By the time Attack Attack! unveiled
their third album, This Means War, Shomo was handling all of the vocals
and programming and had graduated to fulltime producer, as well.
Battling mental health struggles with depression, anxiety and related
overindulgence (like many of his young fans), Shomo bowed out of
Attack Attack! to get himself together. He quickly reemerged as the EDM
entity CLASS. The positively pissed off, positively loud Beartooth began
as something done for diversionary fun, but rapidly became very “real.”
Driven by a fondness for modern “lifer” hardcore acts like Terror but
equally inspired by everything from The Ramones to Queen, Beartooth
is the product of everything that has subconsciously filtered through
Shomo. He doesn’t make a plan when he goes in to write, he just
unleashes whatever comes out of him. That’s how the band formed, too.
Producer, songwriter and Goldfinger guitarist John Feldman is
something of a kindred spirit for Shomo, working with genre defining
bands like The Used, Atreyu, Good Charlotte and Black Veil Brides and
helping to sell over 34 million albums around the world. In his role as
A&R for Red Bull Records, Feldman reached out to Shomo about lending
his songwriting, production and performance talents to the emerging
music brand. Over a smooth and natural evolution, Beartooth was off
and running, making plans to record and tour as a genuine band, leaking
songs on YouTube to tons of views, hand crafting unique physical EPs.
This new EP represents Caleb Shomo’s heart committed to record, in a
way that’s raw, naked, honest and exceptionally relatable. That
emotional catharsis, playing itself out via heavy music, is as much an
escape for the multitalented frontman as it is for those who consume it.
Take a dive into the mind, take a journey into complicated issues,
emerge refreshed and energized. Put on Beartooth and enjoy the ride.
at Chameleon Club
223 North Water Street
Lancaster, United States