Love Letter To A Record: Beartooth On Limp Bizkit’s ‘Chocolate Starfish And The Hot Dog Flavored Water’

Many of us can link a certain album to pivotal moments in our lives. Whether it’s the first record you bought with your own money, the chord you first learnt to play on guitar, the song that soundtracked your first kiss, the album that got you those awkward and painful pubescent years or the one that set off light bulbs in your brain and inspired you to take a big leap of faith into the unknown – music is often the catalyst for change in our lives and can even help shape who we become.

In this Love Letter To A Record series, Music Feeds asks artists to reflect on their relationship with music and share with us stories about the effect music has had on their lives.

Oshie Bichar, Beartooth – Limp Bizkit, Chocolate Starfish And The Hot Dog Flavored Water(2000)

This was the first record that I remember anticipating. I knew what day it was coming out, and I had my mom take me to the mall to get it that day.

I had grown up listening to a lot of rock and heavy metal like Metallica, Nirvana, etc. As well as hip hop like Notorious BIG and 2pac. This was a time in my life when I was searching for an identity for myself and it came in the form of Nu Metal.

I was a drummer at the time. It was before I had started to play guitar and I was just starting to get into singing. This record was a huge influence on me rhythmically. Huge grooves, great drumming, and amazing riffs.

It also influenced me vocally in how it was able to blend, rapping, singing, and screaming. I think this record influenced almost every heavy band that came after it.

Beartooth’s fourth studio album, ‘Below’, is out now.

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