The album announcement arrives just one day before the Beartooth start their co-headline tour with Pierce The Veil across Australia.
Ohio rock and hardcore punk chameleons Beartooth announced their fifth album, The Surface, which will be released via Red Bull Records on Friday, 13 October.
The album announcement arrives just one day before the US rockers start their co-headline tour with Pierce The Veil across Australia, kicking off with a sold-out gig at the Metropolis Fremantle.
Venues have been upgraded throughout the tour, with the popular two bands hitting Adelaide Entertainment Centre on Monday, 24 July, Melbourne’s Margaret Court Arena on Wednesday, 26 July, Sydney’s Hordern Pavilion on Thursday, 27 July (sold out), and ends at Brisbane’s Riverstage on Saturday, 29 July. You can grab your last-minute tickets here.
Beartooth’s album reveal arrives with the vibrant music video for the single, Might Love Myself, which you can watch below. Described as an “intensely personal and powerful journey” for vocalist Caleb Shomo in a press release, The Surface demonstrates a more optimistic outlook after sharing many demons with fans over the years.
“Beartooth's entire discography has been snapshots of my inner monologue and emotional state over the years with a recurring theme: depression and self-loathing,” Shomo explained in a statement. “It's been tough to understand why I've felt the way I do for so long. During the pandemic, I was faced with two distinct paths in life.
“One — I continue doing nothing to manage the realities of my mental health and continue down a path of self-destruction, ultimately ending in my demise. Two — choose to do the work needed to maintain a healthier relationship with myself, no matter how difficult or painful.”
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He added, “This album is the story of my beginnings in the new world I've created for myself. One focused on health, self-love, positivity, understanding, hard work, and, most of all, second chances. At the end of the day, life is short for all of us. We can't escape the end, so why not make friends with it and live in a world focused on living a personally fulfilling life.”
The Surface isn’t only personal, but it comes with an arresting mission statement anyone who’s struggled with mental health issues needs in their lives.
“I truly believe mental health starts with a healthy relationship with one's self,” Shomo said. “Self-love was something I never believed would be a part of my life. I would focus on my depression and my sadness, believing those part of me were always the most prominent in my mind. But through hard work comes results.
“Self-love had to be a choice; it can't be an emotion. Emotions are fleeting and can change with a sunset or a single word. Choosing to put your own health (mentally and physically) as the highest priority in your life has been the only path I've found to self-love. It helped me realise what I'm capable of, how strong I am, and that progress is more important than any immediate fix to my emotions. This song is about the first moment I realised something was significantly shifting in my life.”
You can pre-order The Surface here.
SATURDAY 22 JULY - METROPOLIS, FREMANTLE SOLD OUT
MONDAY 24 JULY - ADELAIDE ENTERTAINMENT CENTRE THEATRE, ADELAIDE* VENUE UPGRADE
WEDNESDAY 26 JULY - MARGARET COURT ARENA, MELBOURNE*
THURSDAY 27 JULY - HORDERN PAVILION, SYDNEY SOLD OUT
SATURDAY 29 JULY - RIVERSTAGE, BRISBANE*
*Previously purchased tickets remain valid.