By Kristi Kates
Papa Roach, the nu-metal/rock band from Vacaville, California perhaps
best known for their hit singles Last Resort, Scars, and
Lifeline and their tours with Guns N Roses and Deftones, are
nothing if not aggressively energetic in the promotion of their band.
When asked what audiences should expect at their upcoming show at
Ground Zero in Traverse City, singer Jacoby Shaddix answer is quick
Expect to have your fing socks rocked off, Shaddix practically
shouts, and go buy our new album, Time for Annihilation, on August
Well, alrighty then.
Papa Roachs new album, which will serve as their sixth, is something
of a hybrid record, as Shaddix explains it.
When we decided to do a live record, we wanted to do something
different, so we decided to also put five new tracks on the album, he
says, we recorded the live portion during the end of December when we
were on tour with our good friends Shinedown, and then recorded the
studio tracks in March with a producer named David Bendeth in New
Shaddix, who rocks along with his trio of bandmates Jerry Horton on
guitar and backing vocals, Tobin Esperance on bass and backing vocals,
and Tony Palermo on drums and percussion, also says that the band has
played a couple of the new tracks live already, keeping the fans
placated with the unexpected new material until they can get back into
the studio for another full-length set.
We have played Kick in the Teeth and Burn live, Shaddix says,
so far the reaction has been great. Were not sure when we will do
another album, as right now we are pretty busy.
Another surprise to fans might be the loss of some of the musical
elements that the band first became known for, namely Shaddix
pseudo-rapping throughout many of their songs, and the more funky
elements that seeped into their early albums, all the way up to their
two major label releases.
While Papa Roachs Infest and Lovehatetragedy albums leaned more
towards the metal camp, The Paramour Sessions (2006) was a turnaround.
Recorded in L.A. just east of Hollywood at the Paramour mansion (hence
the albums name), TPS veered almost into modern rock territory, with
its peppy hooks and radio-friendly arrangements. But this is a band
thats always evolving, says Shaddix, which explains this latest
transformation as well.
With Last Resort (from their second album Infest), we had a huge
hit, so we thought, where do you go from there? he questions, we
didnt want to be a parody of ourselves, so we changed it up. If you
go back and listen to every Papa Roach record, weve always changed it
Shaddix says that Papa Roach are a very in-the-moment kind of band,
and that making their own trends is part of whats secured their
success in the rock community.
Whatever we feel right then and there is what comes out in our
music, he explains, and it has helped us stay relevant over the past
Papa Roach has spent much of the past decade touring, as well; and
the current trek, Shaddix says, is mostly focused on headline concerts
and radio shows, all fodder for their fast-growing list of
rock-band-on-the-road tour bus stories.
So far... its been good, Shaddix laughs, but it would take me days
to explain all of the funny crap that goes on.
Papa Roach will be playing live at Ground Zero in Traverse City on
Wednesday, June 30; doors open at 7 p.m., show begins at 8:00 p.m. For
ticket info, go to groundzeroonline.com.