Sophie Eggleton conducted an interview with PAPA ROACH guitarist Jerry Horton at last weekend's Reading Festival in England. You can now watch the chat below. A couple of excerpts follow (transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET).
On his upcoming photography book:
Jerry: "It's in the works. I enjoy photography on an amateur level and being fortunate enough to travel everywhere, I wanna take advantage of it. I don't necessarily have any sort of focus on any one particular thing; I just shoot whatever strikes me… landscapes, portraits… And somebody within our camp said, 'You need to do something with this stuff.' So we're gonna try and put out a book.
"Me, I'm my own worst critic, and I'm thinking, well, I don't really think this stuff's good enough to put a book out, but other people have said that they really love it, so…"
On the recording process for PAPA ROACH's forthcoming eighth studio album "F.E.A.R. (Face Everything And Rise)", which will come out in early 2015:
Jerry: "It was [recorded] in Las Vegas, but it was in the suburbs; we didn't go to the [Las Vegas] Strip at all… well, Tony [Palermo, drums] went to the Strip; he's the party guy. He couldn't stay away.
"We rented a house together. We all stayed together. We worked — Tobin [Esperance, bass] and I and Tony — worked at our little station in the house in the mornings, and then we would take it t othe stuio. The studio was an interesting place, because it was in what they call a strip mall, which is a restaurant, a haircut place… So we're thinking, 'What are we doing here?' And then we go inside and it's fully decked out. The décor was spot-on, but it took us a little bit to get used to it.
"It was incredibly dry. Each one of us had humidifiers in our bedrooms. We felt our skin cracking. It was a different environment that we had to be acclimatized to, but once we got in the rhythm, we got a pretty good working relationship.
"The producer was two people — a father and son, Kevin and Kane Churko. We did the first five songs with Kevin, the dad, and then the last seven with the son, because [Kevin] had a prior engagement with IN THIS MOMENT. He's worked with them for their last three or four records and they had already scheduled it. So they came in and he worked with them and we went and worked with Kane. It was a different sort of workflow, but we got into it and it was cool. And I think we came out with some really good stuff."
PAPA ROACH frontman Jacoby Shaddix told Kerrang! magazine in a new interview that "F.E.A.R. (Face Everything And Rise)" is "probably the most positive record we've written," adding, "There's obviously been an element of hope within the despair of the music that we write, and I think that that's always key, and that's very important to what we do, is to always have that element of hope, and that's laced throughout the record."
The new disc will follow up 2012's "The Connection".
Shaddix, a recovering alcoholic and drug user, said he was nervous about camping out in Las Vegas during the recording sessions for the new album. He explained, "I've been sober for a few years now, and it was just, like, 'All right, how am I gonna go to Vegas and stay focused?' And I just had to put my spiritual armor on and just go out there and do my best to be creative."
Shaddix described the new album as "all things good PAPA ROACH — it's big, banging riffs, it's a very guitar-heavy record . . . It spans across the board, from heavy to reflective, to just in your face, out of control. It's just everything that we believe is great about PAPA ROACH."
An exact release date, first single and tour plans are all to be revealed later.