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Papa Roach

Papa Roach

When Papa Roach first attracted widespread public attention, on the strength of their thrice-platinum-selling sophomore album, ‘Infest’ (2000), they were handily lumped in with the then popular nu-metal scene. But the group has since transcended both that tag and the movement’s sell-by-date thanks to a slew of successful mainstream hard rock releases. Taking their name from lead singer Jacoby Shaddix’s grandfather, Howard ‘Papa’ Roatch, the band was formed in 1993 by Shaddix, drummer Dave Buckner and guitarist Jerry Horton, adding bassist Tobin Esperance in ’96, and proceeding to record a pair of EPs and 1997’s ‘Old Friends from Young Years’ full-length independently. The latter (as well as another pair of EPs) gradually helped spread word-of-mouth about the group until multi-media conglomerate DreamWorks came calling and the aforementioned ‘Infest’ produced the No. 1 Modern Rock smash, ‘Last Resort.’ In a matter of months, Papa Roach was performing on that summer’s Vans Warped Tour, then upped the ante in 2001 by appearing on the main stage of Ozzfest, before recording their third album, ‘lovehatetragedy’ in 2003. Along with its 2004 successor, ‘Getting Away with Murder’ the album found the band wisely tempering their use of rapping in exchange for more clean singing — a move that eased their transition away from nu-metal as the style fell out of favor. 2006’s ‘The Paramour Sessions’ confirmed that new musical direction and sold another two million copies, but marked the end of Papa Roach’s relationship with longtime drummer Dave Buckner, who entered rehab and was replaced by Unwritten Law’s Tony Palermo. And, by the release of 2009’s ‘Metamorphosis,’ Papa Roach had effectively repositioned themselves as a straight-up hard rock band — heading out on tour with new inspirational touchstones Motley Crue and Buckcherry and partying down with 2010’s ‘Time for Annihilation’ live LP. But the group reinstated some raps for 2012’s ‘The Connection’ (their seventh studio long-player) and promise to keep fans guessing with 2015’s impending ‘F.E.A.R.’

 
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Screengrab via YouTube

Papa Roach Release Poignant New ‘American Dreams’ Video

See the band's tour of life across America and all its inhabitants in new video.

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Publicity Still, Various Labels

Vote for the Hard Rock Album of the Year – 2017 Loudwire Music Awards

Six standout discs compete for Hard Rock Album of the Year in the 2017 Loudwire Music Awards.

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Publicity Images, Various Labels

Vote for the Hard Rock Artist of the Year – 2017 Loudwire Music Awards

Six standout acts compete for Hard Rock Artist of the Year, presented by Frontiers Music, in the 2017 Loudwire Music Awards.

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Papa Roach Cancel Remaining August Tour Dates, Jacoby Shaddix Undergoes Vocal Cord Surgery

Papa Roach frontman Jacoby Shaddix has undergone vocal cord surgery, forcing the cancellation of three August performances for the band.

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Eleven Seven Music / Photo by Bryson Roatch
Eleven Seven Music / Photo by Bryson Roatch

Papa Roach Deliver Acoustic Version of ‘American Dreams’

Hear the new take of the band's single.

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Ethan Miller/Neilson Barnard, Getty Images

Papa Roach’s Jacoby Shaddix: Fred Durst ‘Was Kind of the Poster Boy’ for Nu-Metal Hatred

Papa Roach vocalist Jacoby Shaddix recently said the nu-metal backlash was due in part to people's dislike for Limp Bizkit frontman Fred Durst.

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Papa Roach + Skylar Grey Just Out of Reach With ‘Periscope’ Video

Papa Roach welcome Skylar Grey in the band's new video for 'Periscope.'

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Papa Roach Discuss ‘Crooked Teeth’ Meaning + Success of ‘Help’ Single

Papa Roach delve into the 'Crooked Teeth' album, discussing the return to rapping, the title's meaning and the success of 'Help' with Toni Gonzalez.

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Eleven Seven Music

Papa Roach, ‘Crooked Teeth’ – Album Review

Read our review of the new Papa Roach album 'Crooked Teeth,' the ninth effort from the band.

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Ethan Miller, Getty Images

Papa Roach’s Jacoby Shaddix Serves as Ambassador for the Re-Mind Project

Papa Roach's Jacoby Shaddix has filmed a PSA for the Re-Mind Project, urging people to lead with compassion while dealing with those with mental illness.

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