5 Best Beartooth Songs To Discover Caleb Shomo’s ‘Joke Band’

Caleb Shomo brought Beartooth into existence back in 2012. This Columbus, Ohio based hardcore punk band, originally a playful project, has been making some serious noise under the banner of Red Bull Records since 2013. Shomo’s Beartooth adventure started with the debut EP ‘Sick’ and followed with the full-length album ‘Disgusting’. As the band’s journey unfolded, the albums ‘Aggressive’ and ‘Disease’ added more chapters to the saga.

Shomo, while still a part of Attack Attack!, created Beartooth as a musical outlet of a different flavor. Often referred to as a ‘joke band,’ Beartooth was born out of a desire to break free, make wild music, and play electrifying shows without the burden of expectations. And now, let’s dive into the quintessence of this joke that’s not so funny anymore, but definitely a heavy hitter.

5. The Past Is Dead (2021)

From the album ‘Below,’ ‘The Past Is Dead’ is a song that encapsulates the spirit of Beartooth. With over 18 million plays on Spotify, it shows the band’s head-banging appeal. The lyrics are potent, the guitar riffs are relentless, and Shomo’s vocals are an explosive mix of raw emotion and soaring melody. This song is a clear indication of the joke evolving into a thrilling musical powerhouse.

4. The Lines (2014)

Boasting over 37 million listens on Spotify, ‘The Lines’ from the ‘Disgusting’ album showcases the band’s knack for creating heavy yet catchy anthems. The song’s pounding drums, infectious hooks, and Shomo’s gritty vocals make it a standout track in Beartooth’s discography. It’s like a rollercoaster ride, full of twists and turns that leave you wanting more.

3. Disease (2018)

‘Disease,’ the title track from Beartooth’s third album, is more than just a song; it’s a candid reflection of Shomo’s personal struggles. With over 50 million listens on Spotify, it resonates deeply with fans. The creative process for this album was unique, and Shomo’s had shed light on the journey in an interview with Keerang in 2016.

He said:

“We’d already been on the road for a really long time, and I remember being in Finland, and I hadn’t seen the sun in, like, a week. I was having a really hard time, and I was really depressed. In that moment I definitely felt suicidal again, which I hadn’t for a very long time. And it all just… It all happened in that moment. I was like, ‘Holy sh*t, this is a disease, this will never go away, and I really need to learn how to cope with this and dive in deeper.’

So I wrote down the word ‘disease‘ and realized that was the name of the record, and the whole concept. Then I went home and wrote the song ‘Disease.'”

This powerful song and album were born from a solo, global journey across New York, Los Angeles, and Tokyo. Shomo absorbed the different energies, lights, and experiences to create ‘Disease,’ a tour-de-force of self-discovery and raw emotion.

2. Hated (2016)

From the album ‘Aggressive,’ ‘Hated’ is an anthem for the underdogs. The song, which has been streamed over 75 million times on Spotify, serves as a rallying cry for anyone who’s ever felt marginalized or misunderstood. With its melodic choruses and hard-hitting verses, ‘Hated’ is a musical tour de force, displaying Beartooth’s ability to balance aggression with melody in a truly masterful way.

1. In Between (2014)

Topping the list, we have ‘In Between,’ a standout track from the album ‘Disgusting.’ It’s an anthem that acknowledges the fact that life can be overwhelming, but in the same breath, it reassures listeners that they’re not alone in their fight. This message, coupled with a catchy chorus and heavy instrumentals, solidifies ‘In Between’ as a classic Beartooth track.

The Journey Is Far From Over

The five best Beartooth songs that mark the evolution of Caleb Shomo’s ‘joke band.’  From their inception as a fun, no-pressure project to the current, undeniable force they’ve become in the world of hardcore punk, Beartooth’s journey is as eclectic and dynamic as their music. And the beauty of it all? This journey is far from over.