Beartooth won Metal Hammer magazine’s Breakthrough Artist Award in 2016.

Daniel Hadfield

KFMA Fall Ball 2017 is bringing Columbus, Ohio-based rock band Beartooth to the desert. We chatted with guitarist Kam Bradbury on the phone about the band’s music and touring plans.

Bradbury, vocalist Caleb Shomo, guitarist Taylor Lumley and bassist Oshie Bichar all grew up in local bands in the Columbus area but came together as friends and formed their own band. The group has released an EP and two albums, including 2016’s “Aggressive.”

Check out what we chatted about.

What’s the band working on right now?

“We just have these little weekend festival runs. We’re about to leave on Friday and play some shows out to California on the way. We’re playing some festivals, of course KFMA Fall Ball. We played in Camden last weekend, flew back yesterday. Caleb’s always writing songs, so there might be some stuff in the works there.”

What’s your favorite thing about touring right now?

“I just love traveling and I get to do my favorite thing almost every night, just play music in front of people. I get to go places that I never would have in my entire life. We tour Europe a lot and Australia, been to Japan. Just getting to see the places that I would most likely never go to in my life.”

You won the Metal Hammer 2016 Metal Breakthrough Artist Award. What does that mean to you and how does that help the band moving forward?

“It was definitely an honor to win that. I wasn’t part of receiving the award, and Caleb kind of just went by himself to receive the award and go to the actual awards show. Just to be nominated for it was an honor, and to win it was kind of crazy. It was awesome.”

What inspires your music?

“Caleb writes and records everything. He has a studio in his house and sits in his basement and kind of works on songs. Most of our songs are about just struggles in life in general. He writes from his personal view of like what’s he’s been through and what he’s seen other people go through and tries to make it very relatable to everyday life, no matter what you’re going through in your life. I think it’s very relatable songs.”

Ava Garcia is a University of Arizona journalism student apprenticing at the Star.