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Though heavy alt-rock outfit Beartooth only formed four short years ago, they’ve already achieved far more than most bands their age. After the release of their moderately successful debut Disgusting in 2014, Beartooth returned with their latest album Aggressive to much fanfare, debuting at #1 on Billboard’s Alternative Chart and at #3 on the Billboard Rock Chart. In addition to multiple award nominations and “Artist to Watch” recognitions, Beartooth has toured with revered heavy acts such as Slipknot, Pierce The Veil, and Sleeping With Sirens. On March 22, Beartooth will play at Liacouras Center as part of Bring Me The Horizon’s American Nightmare Tour, where they will also be joined by Underoath. We talked with Beartooth’s guitarist Taylor Lumley to talk more about Aggressive and Beartooth’s rise to the top of their genre. If you’re looking to check out one of the fast up-and-comers in heavy music, get your tickets here before they’re gone!
Your first album Disgusting received critical and commercial success fairly quickly. How
did you manage to beat the sophomore slump on your latest album Aggressive?
Just didn’t worry about it really. We just did our own thing and that’s what we’ll always do.
Though [frontman] Caleb [Shomo] is only 23, he’s had nearly a decade of experience in the music industry so far. What’s the most important lesson you’ve all learned from the business after all these years?
Just be yourself. There’s no reason to pretend about who you are, because if you’re actually successful, you just have to keep living a lie.
Beartooth hail from Columbus, OH, which has been the birthplace of some pretty influential bands in the alternative rock scene as of late (Twenty One Pilots, Like Moths to Flames). Are you glad the Columbus scene is getting some time in the spotlight?
Absolutely. It’s amazing to see friends we grew up with in our local scene become successful.
Have you been able to sightsee in Philly much? Where are some of your favorite places to play/visit?
I love Jim’s. Hands down the best cheesesteaks in Philly.