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Interview: Jacoby Shaddix on facing up to F.E.A.R.

Papa Roach frontman speaks about his band’s most personal album yet.

Papa Roach will release their eighth studio album, F.E.A.R. (Face Everything And Rise), through Eleven Seven Music on January 26.

               

Recorded in Las Vegas with Kevin and Kane Churko (Ozzy Osbourne, Five Finger Death Punch), the ten track album has been hailed by vocalist Jacoby Shaddix as the Vacaville, California quartet’s most personal record to date. TeamRock caught up with Shaddix recently for the lowdown on F.E.A.R.

               

You went into the studio to make your new album with no songs written, a clean slate: what was the idea behind that?

“Well, for me personally, I hadn’t done any writing on tour ahead of making this record, I was just really focussed on keeping my life together on the road. Every time I went out on tour before I’d be cool for six months and then the wheels would come off and I’d start drinking and using again and shit would just get wacky, and I’d come home and be a wreck and bring that into the studio. This time I came back with a clear head and when we were talking about getting together for the process of making the record our bass player [Tobin Esperance] was just like ‘Dude, let’s just roll up to the studio, press Record and see what happens. If it works it works, if it doesn’t, it doesn’t.’ So we called our producer and he was all for it, he was like ‘You guys have been writing music for 20 years, let’s just turn the mics on and see what happens.’ So we did that, and it was fucking scary, but it worked out.”

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