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Papa Roach’s Jacoby Shaddix Reveals Guest Artists on New Album; Band Already at Work on Another Disc

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Papa Roach are prepping for a new album this year, but their time in the studio isn’t exactly over. During a recent chat with Loudwire Nights affiliate Q103 in Albany, N.Y., Jacoby Shaddix revealed that the band is on such a creative roll, they decided to stay in the studio for a little longer to start work on the follow-up to the record they’re just about to release.

Speaking with Q103 host Candace, Shaddix explained, “We went back in the studio and started creating some music again for a new, new record. We have such a good creative flow that we’re, like, ‘You know what, man?’ Let’s just jump in the studio.’ We’ve got some time right now. We had a month set aside. Everybody in the band was just, like, ‘Let’s just go back in the studio.’ And so here we are.”

As for that new album, which we already know will feature the previously released songs “Crooked Teeth” and “Help,” Shaddix revealed that there will be a couple of special guests on the disc. Rapper Machine Gun Kelly and singer/songwriter Skylar Grey will appear on the album.

“I’ve always been a big fan of hip-hop,” says Shaddix. “I fell out of love with it for a few years, but then there’s some new artists that I really am a big fan of, Machine Gun Kelly in particular. We collaborated at the [Alternative Press Music Awards], and that was awesome. And then I had this track called ‘Sunrise Trailer Park,’ and I needed a guest spot, and I played him ‘Crooked Teeth,’ and he was just, like, ‘Dude, P-Roach is back! This is so sick!’ So I was, like, ‘Hey, I’ve got this track I would love for you to be on.’ And so it was very organic.”

Speaking about Grey’s appearance, Shaddix teased, “We’ve got this other track called ‘Periscope.’ We wanted to have a guest female vocal on it, and on the last album, we had Maria Brink from In This Moment on ‘Gravity.’ I didn’t wanna just go in and grab another rock chick. I wanted to work with somebody that was outside the box and different but that I was a fan of. So I’ve been listening to this girl Skylar Grey for years now. And she’s been on some great tracks — she’s been on some Dre stuff, some Eminem stuff, she’s been on a Fort Minor track. But she’s kind of this indie, alternative, pop type of girl, and she’s just got a lot of credibility in that scene, and she’s got a great voice, and I’m a big fan. And so I thought, why not try some collaborations and some guest spots that were outside the box, not the norm?”

In an upcoming interview with Loudwire Nights host Toni Gonzalez, Shaddix adds, “We’re bringing back the rap, heavy on this new record. I think that was the big, bold step in the right direction for Papa Roach. We worked with new producers, these two guys Nick Furlong, aka Ras, and then Colin Brittain.” The vocalist says the producers were keen on bringing back that old school vibe from the band’s earlier days. “I feel that over the years we’ve always explored and tried new things and we’ve gotten so far away from where we came from that we thought it was time to kind of try to bring it full circle again,” says Shaddix.

Though the band has yet to release a title or official street date, the disc is expected to arrive in May.

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