Five years on from its release, Caleb Shomo is reflecting on Beartooth's debut album.
Today is the fifth aniversary of Beartooth's debut album 'Disgusting'! In celebration of such a big milestone, we caught up with Beartooth frontman Caleb Shomo to reflect on 'Disgusting', five years on.
Do you think you achieved what you set out to with 'Disgusting'?
Says Caleb: "When I wrote ‘Disgusting’ I really didn’t set out to achieve anything. I guess what I wanted to achieve was me making a record that was 100% honest, 100% written and performed by myself, in this kind of therapeutic way - where it’s just me in a room, writing, for the sake of trying to keep my head on straight. And I think I did achieve that. But, other than that, I didn’t even really expect us to be playing too many shows in general, and the amount of success that we’ve had has been pretty amazing. So I’m really stoked on how the record finished out."
How do you feel about 'Disgusting', five years on?
"Five years later - I'm trying to remember the last time I actually listened to it - it was probably when I was finishing up making ‘Disease’… But I feel good about that record. That is the most important one of the three that we’ve put out. To me that was all about setting the tone about what the band was all about, what the band does and what the band means. And I’m really, really proud of that record. I’m stoked on pretty much everything about it - I really am."
What would you say is your favourite moment from 'Disgusting'? "I think my favourite song to play live off that record is ‘Lines’ - it’s just always a good time. Always fun. Good vibes. That record for me is way less about certain songs, and was more about the whole."
What would Caleb Shomo five years ago, who just released the debut Beartooth album, think of Caleb Shomo now? "I think the me from five years ago would be pretty stoked on where I am now. I mean, I’m still married, still in Beartooth, things are still on the up for us - life seems pretty good, so I guess he’d be pretty okay."