Now, THIS is a combo.
We are chomping at the bit for the new Beartooth album to be finished, but with news like this it makes all of the waiting so worth it.
According to vocalist Caleb Shomo, he has been writing songs with none other than Good Charlotte's Madden Brothers.
In a tweet he revealed that he "knocked out 2 amazing and honest songs with Zakk Cervini" and that "Joel and Benji Madden might have stopped by as well."
Time to wreck some shit ��— Caleb Shomo (@CalebShomo) March 16, 2018
We spoke to Caleb all about how the new album is coming along for the Rock Sound Podcast. Here's a snippet:
IT'S GOING TO BE A HEAVY RECORD, THEN?
“It’s different. I have one song fully written, it’s the title track of the album and there’s no screaming on it at all, but it’s very emotional. It’s rock, it’s fucking ripping guitars, fast drums, the whole nine, but I think one of the things that I got caught up in on the second album was writing a little more externally and not writing from my internal shit.
"The whole first album is all internal, every song pretty much, other than ‘Beaten In Lips’, is about some shit that I’ve been through and things that I’ve dealt with in life and ‘Aggressive’ was definitely more outward, it was more looking at other situations in life. So I went back into myself, I dove back in and when I set the tone for the new album with this first song I wrote, to me personally, one of the most emotional songs I’ve ever written.
"I don’t want to give away too much too early, but it’s heavy stuff man, emotionally. This one song that I have fully written is some of the best melodic stuff I’ve ever written. But there is some heavy stuff coming, like really heavy shit. I’ve been listening to a tonne of metal and a tonne of aggro music so I’m going to try and really bring it back.”
SO THIS WILL BE A MUCH MORE PERSONAL RECORD, LIKE 'DISGUSTING' WAS?
“Yeah, way more personal, very internal. I’ve written some songs that I’m kinda scared to release because they’re really fucking dark! It’s shit that I don’t like to talk about. But here’s the reality, when I started Beartooth I told myself, ‘This is my therapy, this is how I deal with my life - writing these songs and putting every bit of honest emotion into it, regardless of who hears it’.
ALL WRITING AND RECORDING WILL CONTINUE TO JUST BE DONE BY YOU?
Says Caleb Shomo: "Yeah, that’s a very important thing for Beartooth, just because of how personal the songs are. Every piece of that is a part of me and I have to put that on the track. The drums, guitars, vocals, bass, everything - I have an equal amount of passion and love for it all. So I think for me to really get the point and emotion across, that’s very integral."
RIGHT FROM THE START, THE THING THAT'S STOOD OUT ABOUT THE BAND IS THAT YOU'VE NEVER HELD BACK EMOTIONALLY. DO YOU THINK THAT SENSE OF FEARLESSNESS IS IMPORTANT?
"Yeah, if you’re scared then you’re going to do a few things: you’re going to just conform and make your radio rock record and isolate your entire fanbase, which we’ve seen time and time again in the music industry. And that’s absolutely out of fear because people get a taste of success and then get addicted. They’re like, ‘How much money can we get for this show? How big can this show get? Well, if we need to do that, we need to be on the radio – if we need to be on the radio we need to write a radio song’. But look at the biggest bands that have been on the radio. Those bands didn’t write those songs for the radio – the radio came to them. Radio and commercial success needs to be the afterthought, because at the end of the day if you don’t have an honest product that people are going to attach to and fall in love with, you won’t have that success that you’re looking for and if all you’re looking for is that success, you’re not going to be able to write those songs, so the songs needs to come first always."
"And once you put out an album and a tonne of people hear it and start coming to the shows singing your fucked up lyrics it’s like, ‘Alright, maybe I should think about this a little more!’ But I’m just kinda saying ‘fuck it’ for this next one, I’m definitely going more raw and internal and intense.”
Have a listen to the whole thing below: