Californian rockers PAPA ROACH took part in a live Google+ Hangout session on Tuesday, February 25. You can now watch the question-and-answer session below.
PAPA ROACH recently entered Las Vegas' The Hideout Recording Studio — owned and operated by Kevin Churko (OZZY OSBOURNE, FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH, IN THIS MOMENT) — to begin recording its eighth album for a tentative summer release.
Speaking about the band's new material, PAPA ROACH singer Jacoby Shaddix said: "We've got a track called 'Just As Broken As Me', which is a banger. That was the first track that we came in and recorded. It's just an exciting, rip-roaring rock, hard rock, heavy metal progressive, nutty assault of musical creativity."
He continued: "There's another track called 'Gravity' that Jerry [Horton, guitar] was working on, and we all heard it, and we were just, like, 'This just sounds cool. It just sounds like the sound of us driving down this desert road.' And it just sounded like the envornment that we were in.
"'Gravity' is about what are the things in the world that keep pulling you back to reality or back down to the ground or back down to earth or back down to who you really are. And so that's a great track. And for me, that was just something really different. I was, like, Jerry wrote the song, and I started lyricizing on it, and I was, like, 'This song seems like it would be cool if I rapped on it.' Everybody was, kind of, 'Huh?! Really?' And then I did it. And I remember I was just getting really painfully honest about some of the dark moments in my life that I never spoke about. I think that that's when I really expose myself in the most vulnerable ways and step out of my comfort zone and really put myself out there, like, 'You guys are gonna know this about me now?' That's when I think the best art is created — when you're pulled the furthest out of your comfort zone. And that's why PAPA ROACH records are so diverse.
"Another track is 'War Over Me', which is a dope track… I mean, seriously, just big chorus, rad lyrics, great riffs… good drums on it. And it's very adventurous, man. The production that we're getting from the Churkos [father/son team of Kevin and Kane], it's, like… it's cool, man."
Shaddix and his wife, Kelly, welcomed a baby boy, Brixton Gabriel Shaddix, last summer.
During the making of PAPA ROACH's latest album, "The Connection", Shaddix split and reconciled with his wife of 16 years and also fell off the wagon.
Former PAPA ROACH drummer Dave Buckner reunited with the band at the Aftershock festival in Sacramento on September 14, 2013. Buckner took the stage at Discovery Park to perform "Last Resort" with his former bandmates.