PAPA ROACH pulls no punches when it comes to politics. Earlier this year, the California rockers made headlines for taking on Paul Ryan in defense of the Affordable Care Act, but it's "American Dreams", the latest single off the band's ninth LP, "Crooked Teeth", where PAPA ROACH goes all in on the current state of America's political affairs.
"America is struggling, America is divided, America is hurting right now," explains PAPA ROACH frontman Jacoby Shaddix. "We're at a fever pitch of confusion, smoke and mirrors, blatant lies. The American Dream is on the chopping block."
"Have you ever thought that war was a sickness?" asks the lifelong pacifist in the lyrics for the track. "My father is a Vietnam veteran. Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and the disintegration of the American family are things I've dealt with personally. I know other people relate."
The official video for "American Dreams" can be seen below. Shot in Shaddix's rural Northern California hometown of Sacramento, the clip was produced and directed by Bryson Roatch, and features a cast of real-life Americans fighting to create their own version of the elusive American Dream and addresses many of the issues preventing them from attaining that dream.
PAPA ROACH has spent the last few months touring in support of "Crooked Teeth", which was released on May 19 via Eleven Seven Music.