‘Ideally, we’d like to be like Motörhead. Rock until we’re 100% deaf’: An interview with Beartooth

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I was fortunate enough to be able to catch up with American rockers Beartooth, who are currently travelling up and down the UK as part of this years Kerrang! Tour lineup; supporting joint headliners Don Broco and We Are The In Crowd.

They were kind enough to take time out of their very busy schedule to answer a few questions for The Edge.

Your debut album came out in June of last year.  How do you feel that was received?  Did it do better than you expected?

From what I understand it’s been pretty well received.  At least, I hope so haha.  Oh man, it did way better than any of us were expecting.  It was really cool, actually.

A month later you supported Sleeping With Sirens and Pierce The Veil on the first leg of their world tour.  First of all, how was that?

It was cool.  We go to play to some different crowds that what we normally do.  Plus, everyone on that tour were already good friends of ours, so it was cool to get to hangout for a month!

Secondly, you said upon releasing that news that you would tour with whoever you want, no matter what other people think.  Is this because you are all true lovers of music and like everything and anything, or because you love touring?

Absolutely.  Good music is good music.  Good dudes are good dudes.  That tour was chock full of it.  From This Wild Life, all the way up to Pierce The Veil.

You have played over here in Europe a few times.  Do you enjoy coming over here?  What keeps bringing you back?

We love it.  For some reason we always get a really warm welcome here.  So it’s always great to come back and play some sick shows and see the sights.

You had your first headline tour in the US last year.  Was that a daunting prospect beforehand, or were you just too excited and wanted to get right out there?

Mostly just excited.  We got to pick the lineup, so we just packed it full of our friends’ bands that we wanted to watch every night.  Luckily, that turned out pretty well for us haha.

You are following in the footsteps of bands such as Bullet For My Valentine, Good Charlotte, Bring Me The Horizon, Sum 41, and more recently Limp Bizkit, by playing on this tour.  Did you know much about the history of the Kerrang! Tour when you were asked to do it?

We knew it was a good tour to do, but outside of that we honestly had no idea about the history of it.

Which of those bands would you most like to be like (in terms of popularity/following/record sales) down the line?  Or who would you most like to usurp?

Ideally, we’d like to be like Motörhead.  Rock until we’re 100% deaf.

What can people attending, who have not necessarily listened to you before, expect from your set during the Kerrang! Tour?

Some Rock n’ Roll.  Couple riffs here and there.  Not much in the way of our normal live show (there’s some rules in place for us on this tour) but we’re still trying to keep it a bit exciting.

Where do you see Beartooth in the future? What’s the vision?

Just to keep playing shows and putting out albums until y’all stop liking us or we die, whichever comes first.

Is there anything you would like to say to your fans over here in the UK?

Nando’s is sick.  Y’all are awesome.  Thanks for the great shows so far!

Beartooth are currently touring as part of this year’s Kerrang! Tour.  Tickets for the remaining dates are available here.

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