In advance of this past Friday's (January 18) release of the group's new album, "Who Do You Trust?", PAPA ROACH vocalist Jacoby Shaddix spoke with Andy Hall of the Des Moines, Iowa radio station Lazer 103.3. The full conversation can be streamed below. A few excerpts follow (as transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET).
On his excitement leading up to the release of "Who Do You Trust?" :
Jacoby: "I get overwhelming anxiety at times. It comes in waves, and I'm, like, 'Calm down, dude — it's all good.' I'm just, 'Hurry up and get this thing out so we can go out and play shows.' I can't wait for the fans to hear it. It's definitely stressful for me. I don't know why I put so much weight upon it, but it's such a labor of love, [and] we want the fans to love these things. I can't wait for this one to get out so I can stop being so damn anxious."
On the importance of trying new things:
Jacoby: "I think that's key to our survival as a band — the evolution, and pushing things in new directions. I think that's why we've never had an interest in starting side projects. We can explore everything that we want to do within the confines of P-ROACH. Sometimes we miss the mark, and then sometimes we just absolutely nail it. I guess the not knowing is part of the fun and part of the anxiety."
On whether he's influenced by modern musical trends:
Jacoby: "I definitely think that it has an influence and an impact. On one hand, it does, but then on the other hand, when you get into a creative space and you're making music, sometimes you don't have control of what's coming out of you or what's coming out of the band. I don't want to sound all new agey and stuff, but you've got to get out of the way and just let it come through you. There's moments that are full-on, like, stream of consciousness that work like that and the songs come out great. Then there's other songs that are way more challenging that we have to re-write and try different ways. There's no real super-formula to this thing we're doing, but definitely it takes a lot of hard work and conviction and passion, and there's no shortage of that in this band."
On the music video for the album's title track:
Jacoby: "We had a blast doing that. That's the beauty of being a musician and being in a band — we just have this ability to almost stay forever young in our minds and just have a hoedown throwdown. This life is to be celebrated. As difficult as it can be sometimes, music is such a relief and a release for us. I think adding a little bit of the comedic edge and humor to the video at points is important for us."
On the group's upcoming three-night stand at The Roxy, the famed Hollywood nightclub located along the Sunset Strip:
Jacoby: "It's going to be a blast. [We're] taking it back to the real small intimate clubs. [The] Roxy was one of the those places that we got our start down here in Hollywood. It's just good to be able to go back to the roots and rip it. We're working up some deep cuts that we haven't played in years for these shows, and really just challenging ourselves to create set lists that are unique and get the fans going. It's a trip to reflect back, because this is our tenth studio record that we're about to drop, so there's a wealth of material sitting in there in that catalog for us to relearn and perform. That's been fun."
On his guest appearance on LAMB OF GOD guitarist Mark Morton's new solo album:
Jacoby: "'Sworn Apart', what a great track. Mark sent me the song and I was just like, 'It would be an honor to come and sing this one.' I'm a big LAMB OF GOD fan — been a fan for years — and through the years, I've actually become good friends with those guys. To be on the record is definitely an honor. He's one of the world's great metal guitar players, but the hooks on this record are huge. They just dropped the track that they did with Chester [Bennington], which I think is off the chain. It's good to hear that track. Like I said a million times, it's an honor to be on his record."
Morton's solo debut, "Anesthetic", will be released March 1. Shaddix also appears on "The Reckoning", the first single from WITHIN TEMPTATION's recently released album "Resist".
"Who Do You Trust?" was released via Eleven Seven.
PAPA ROACH will join SHINEDOWN for the 2019 North American leg of that band's "Attention! Attention!" world tour, which also features ASKING ALEXANDRIA.