Sounds Like: A nervous breakdown, usually with enough optimism to push through to another song.
For Fans Of: letlive., Every Time I Die, Glassjaw
Why You Should Pay Attention: The group's vocalist, Caleb Shomo, previously fronted Attack Attack! – the EDM-infused metalcore group who spawned the "crabcore" genre thanks to their creepy-crawly dance in their "Stick Stickly" video. But the smarter, leaner Beartooth have anted up the aggression with poppy hooks and slinky hardcore riffing. Their debut full-length, Disgusting, follows a 2013 EP, Sick, and tours with August Burns Red and the Word Alive, and captures Shomo's knack for incisive, depressive lyrics with matchstick-thin silver linings. Most notable is the battering-ram rhythms of "I Have a Problem," a song that comes off as a declaration of alcoholism ("My stomach is bleeding / But I'm still drinking") but Shomo says it's a metaphor for the depression and anxiety he felt following the dissolution of Attack Attack! "I was just doing whatever I could to stay out of my head and out of my thoughts," he says. "I would do whatever I could to keep my mind off things and, for me, drinking helped me get to sleep. I realized later after writing it that it was incredibly literal and I feel like people think I'm a raging drunk at 21. Like, no."
They Say: "Obviously, the 'crabcore' thing was just hilarious," Shomo says. "That was an odd time in my life. We were just being dumb and having fun. It's not like we cared or had an agenda. Basically what it comes down to is, if I'm doing it for myself then at the end of the day I don't care what everyone else thinks because I know that I made an honest piece of music that I'm happy with."
Hear for Yourself: Shomo nearly bursts a vein while screaming the verses to Beartooth's gut-wrenching "I Have a Problem." By Kory Grow