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21. august 2009 at 2:38 | ewelyn-best |  BB

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[2002] Papa Roach - Emotional Discharge

21. august 2009 at 1:39 | ewelyn-best |  PR
As beams of summertime sun washed the outside deck of a Midtown New York skyscraper, the members of Papa Roach leaned against a seventh-floor railing and took in the oceans of neon and throngs of people in Times Square below. The day was nearly perfect - great weather, gorgeous view. All they needed were killer tunes.

Almost on cue, MTV News correspondent Iann Robinson conjured up a boombox and inserted a CD to screen a song for the band. When he hit play, the opening chords of Nirvana's "Smells Like Teen Spirit" pierced the air. It seemed like a perfect choice for a warm Friday afternoon. Then, like a storm ruining a good barbecue, the vocals from Destiny's Child's "Bootylicious" mingled with the rock: "Kelly! Michelle! Beyoncé! I don't think they can handle this."

Frontman Jacoby Shaddix reeled in disgust at the remix. He shoved a finger down his throat, and his bandmates laughed. Then Shaddix vigorously twirled the digit around the back of his throat and began to gag. The smiles disappeared. Everyone stepped back. Goopy saliva dribbled down Shaddix's chin, and he spat. He repeated the act, retched harder and drooled some more.

"I just wish I had something in my stomach to throw up," he said, wiping his mouth with the back of his hand.

As surprising as it is to see a musician trying to blow chunks, for Shaddix (formerly Coby Dick), purging aggression via impulsive, extreme behavior makes as much sense as venting demons through cathartic music. He's often forced himself to puke onstage, and during last year's Ozzfest he regularly bashed himself in the forehead with his microphone until blood trickled down his face.

"I was just frustrated from playing in front of rows of chairs every night with 40-year-old guys with their arms crossed going, 'We want Ozzy, we want Ozzy,' " Shaddix explained. "There was one show where I was so sick of the crowd it made me want to just destroy them. So I pulled my pants down, took a sh-- on a towel and threw it in the crowd because that's how I felt about the show."

Yes, when Shaddix is unhappy about something, he lets you know. On Papa Roach's April 2000 debut, Infest, the singer railed about his parents' divorce, his dysfunctional upbringing and self-abusive friends. The pained, confessional songs struck a nerve with disenfranchised listeners who were tired of the waves of directionless aggression spewing from the mouths of other rap-rockers. They found kinship in Papa Roach songs like "Broken Home" and "Last Resort," and Infest went on to sell over 3 million copies.

After more than a year of exhaustive touring, Papa Roach returned to the studio with an agenda. Not only did they want to craft an album that cleaved as emotionally deep as their debut, they wanted their songs to go further sonically. Discouraged by the glut of faceless acts that capitalized on their and Linkin Park's success, Papa Roach made a concerted effort to distance themselves from the rap-metal family by crafting an album of intense, melodic hard rock with nary a rap in sight.

"When we did the first record, all of us were really young, and all of those songs are old now," said usually silent bassist Tobin Esperance, who wrote almost all of the music on the group's new album, Lovehatetragedy. "Things have changed. We learned a lot from just being on the road, and musically I kept my ear out there [to soak up other influences] and played the hell out of my instrument 24-7. I eat, sleep and breathe music, so that allows us to have more layers and to avoid repeating ourselves."

"I think too many bands have a big hit single and then they go in and totally re-create the same record over and over," added burly drummer Dave Buckner. "We couldn't do that because the bands we've always enjoyed are the ones that have evolved and changed. You can't just continue to regurgitate the same old stuff."

To avoid sounding like other modern bands, Papa Roach didn't listen to Linkin Park, Disturbed, Alien Ant Farm or any other current hard rockers when they worked on Lovehatetragedy. In fact, they didn't spin anything from the past decade. Led Zeppelin, early Red Hot Chili Peppers, Guns N' Roses and Jane's Addiction served as inspiration instead, and the drum part for "Life Is a Bullet" was even influenced by a Phil Collins song.

"Hey, there's nothing wrong with Phil," Shaddix said with a touch of defensiveness. "If you're not willing to take the risks, then you're not going to get anywhere."

While Papa Roach knew they didn't want to write a rap-rock album, they weren't sure what they did want, so they experimented with different styles including punk, power pop and metal and kept whatever worked. This piecemeal approach contributed to the spontaneous feel of the disc.

"The process of writing this record was sort of a discovery," Buckner explained. "It was like an archaeological dig where we were sifting through all this stuff and the songs just manifested themselves."

One element Lovehatetragedy shares with Infest is angst. Loads and loads of angst. But while Shaddix returns to confessional, self-revelatory songwriting, this time he overlooks sour childhood memories in favor of fresher wounds such as relationships woes, touring traumas and suicidal despair. "[i]On this record a series of love/hate relationships I go through every day, whether it's me and myself, me and the band or the band versus the world. We put in everything we got." He pounded his chest with his fist hard enough to leave a bruise, then continued. "It all comes from the heart. There's a lyric on 'Life Is a Bullet' that goes, 'Single me out, tear out my front, make me expose what I conceal.' That's what it's all about. I'm not trying to put up a front. That's why when people ask me, 'Why did you change your name to Jacoby Shaddix?' I'm like, 'Well, because I bear my heart and my soul and that's my real name.' "

Anyone who has spent any time with Infest knows the inside of Shaddix's head can be a dark place. Too much partying, too little sleep, too much time away from loved ones and too many occasions where he's felt like a consumer product has made the vocalist bitter and angry, and as evidenced by his hurling episodes, Shaddix isn't very good at keeping his poisons inside. In "Decompression Period" he sings about the emptiness and desperation of being on the road too long: "Night after night we are falling apart/ Now it's two broken bottles and four empty hearts."

One of the bleakest songs on Lovehatetragedy is "Black Clouds," which was written about a European tour that Shaddix barely survived. Feeling misunderstood, overwhelmed and emotionally bankrupt, he wrote, "My emotions are storming, and tears fall like rain/ Pain strikes like lightning/ Despair is becoming my friend/ I'm pushing myself to a point of self-destruction."

"It's about being confused and having black clouds following me," Shaddix said. "I'm looking for something good and I can't find it. It was probably about the darkest period of my life, ever. The only time I liked my life was when I was on that stage. Everything else I was just completely sick of."

Sometimes Shaddix reveals almost too much in his lyrics, making the listener feel like an eavesdropper at an intense counseling session. Several tracks on Lovehatetragedy address the singer's marital problems, including the first single, "She Loves Me Not," in which Shaddix returns to his earlier rapping style for the verse: "I hesitate to tell her I hate this relationship/ I want out today, this is over/ Line for line, rhyme for rhyme/ Sometimes we be fighting all the g--damn time."

"It's funny because 'She Loves Me Not' and 'Time and Time Again' are both about my relationship with my wife, [Kelly], and those are two of her favorite songs on the record," Shaddix said. "Being in a band and being a rock star, I gotta put a lot of energy and emotion into what I do. I'm always gone and I'm always on the road, and that's really hard on a relationship. So we fight, and I know I can be a di--. But as much as I'm a di--, I'm also a nice guy. I really recognize the duality in my life and in the world in general. It's like, you got the good, the evil, the love, the hate, the nice guy and the di--head. It's sad sometimes that I am a di-- to my lady, but sometimes she's a bitch to me."

Shaddix knows he's a loose cannon. He understands he's got anger and self-esteem issues to work on and relationship damage to repair. That doesn't mean he's gonna suddenly turn emo, but at least he's aware of his problems. Fortunately even in his bleakest moments there's always a hint of hope. While he's palpably despondent when he croons, "Black clouds, they rain down," he ends the line by noting, "But they won't kill the sun." And though he sings about his fractured relationship with his wife, the couple had their first child together, Makaile Cielo Shaddix, earlier this year, which suggests they're optimistic enough about their future.

As the interview drew to a close, Shaddix summed up the dichotomy that churns within. It wasn't when he mentioned that he wakes up in the morning next to Kelly he feels complete, and it wasn't when he griped about the vapidity of the pop music scene. No, his true colors shined most clearly when he talked about the items he considers essential for road survival.

"First and foremost, I've got a little photo album of my baby," he beamed. "Every day I just look at it and go, 'You're so cute, man. I love you.' " He paused and grinned for a few long seconds. Then the smile vanished as he concluded, "And then I also need a bottle of vodka."

[2007] Six questions with Papa Roach

21. august 2009 at 1:38 | ewelyn-best |  PR
The Observer spoke with lead singer Jacoby Shaddix in a phone interview while the band stopped in San Angelo, Texas on the 30th of October 2007.

Q: What inspires you creatively?

A: We draw from our life experiences. These records are our story, from "Infest," where we were four angry young kids from a small town, to "The Paramour Sessions," which is all about love.

(The 2004 album) "Getting Away With Murder" was a revelation for me. It's where I got sober. That album is all about liberation and hope.

Q: How has your sound evolved over the years?

A: When we first started we were funk, punk, experimental. Then we added rap on "Infest," which was huge for us. "Last Resort" was one of the biggest rap-metal songs, so how do we top that? We can't. So we had to try something new. On "lovehatetragedy" we stepped into new territory. But it was necessary for us, so we could make the transition to "Getting Away With Murder." I really wanted to prove myself as a solid rock singer on that record. "The Paramour Sessions" is really us being fearless. We're really sure of ourselves now.

Q: After all you've accomplished, do you ever think about taking a break?

A: For me, we haven't got to the point yet where we feel we're ready for a break. We've gotta stay out there and connect with the fans. I didn't start a band to sell pieces of plastic, but to put butts in seats at a rock show. It's all about touring and playing for us, because that's where you get the most honest connection with your fan base.

Q: What's an album or song that you listen to that people would be shocked to hear?

A: Michael Jackson's "Off the Wall" and "Thriller." Anything by Thelonious Monk. He's amazing. I like the new Justin Timberlake. The beats are catchy and the melodies are off the hook.

Q: What's something about the band that you wish people knew?

A: We have a really good sense of humor. We're jokers. We laugh and pull pranks all the time. We don't take ourselves seriously.

Q: What does the future hold for Papa Roach?

A: We're going to become the biggest, baddest band in the world. There's no other option.

Under Pressure

20. august 2009 at 3:01 | ewelyn-best |  Texty
Do you tear under pressure?
On fire your tearing me apart
Do you tear under pressure?
This love's become a war

A thousand mistakes Heaven's made
Only a miracle could save you today
A thousand mistakes Heaven's made
Only a miracle could save you today

Do you tear under pressure?
On fire your tearing me apart
Do you tear under pressure?
This love's become a war

Santa Through The Back Door

20. august 2009 at 3:00 | ewelyn-best |  Texty
Dear Dad, How you been?
Thanks, I got the card and the bottle of gin
Wrecked the car, and killed a kid
And nothing has changed between my sister and me
Look forward to seeing you again
But I probably won't be there this year after this life of sin
But may you Christmas be as merry as me
And give thanks,
For you have not yet felt
The wrath of god

Santa Clause through the backdoor [3x]
May your Christmas be as merry as me

She said, he said
What's the matter I'm dead
25th gods birth
26th my birth

Snow falls, fire burns,
Memories I've learned
25th gods birth
26th my birth

Santa Claus through the back door
Santa Claus through the back door

Take a myth, build it up
Give a gift, better luck
Innocence sells well, give it up
Go to hell

Santa Clause through the back door [4x]


Santa Clause through the back door [4x]

[Jared's voice]
Merry Christmas from 30 Seconds To Mars

Voo Doo

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