New year, new everything. Papa Roach are are rocking once again on their 2015 U.S. tour with Seether, and the release of their eighth studio album F.E.A.R. is just days away. The album’s lead single “Face Everything and Rise” has been impacting rock radio as of late and the music video for the track ranked #19 on TheRockRevival.com’s list of the Top 25 Rock Music Videos of 2014. We sat down with vocalist Jacoby Shaddix and bassist Tobin Esperance last night before their appearance at the Sands Event Center in Bethlehem, PA to discuss the next chapter of the band’s storied career. In the chat above, Jacoby and Tobin talk candidly about the making of F.E.A.R., the fans, their upcoming tour plans, and more. After their current trek ends on February 7 at The Joint at The Hard Rock Casino in Las Vegas, Papa Roach will head down to Australia on February 21 to be a featured act on this year’s Soundwave Festival. This spring, the band have a nearly sold out European headlining tour scheduled as well as appearances at festivals like Rock On The Range (US), Fort Rock (US), Rise Above Fest (US), Rocklahoma (US), Graspop Metal Meeting (Belgium), Rock AM Ring (Germany), and Rock im Park (Germany).
Papa Roach exploded onto the mainstream scene in 2000 with their major label debut, Infest, which was certified triple-platinum and hit #5 on the Billboard Top 200. The band’s next 4 albums would all debut in the Top 25 on the Billboard Top 200. The band’s 2002 album Lovehatetragedy hit #2 on the Billboard Top 200 and went platinum. Papa Roach tightened up their sound in 2004 on Getting Away With Murder. The album spawned two monster singles – “Getting Away With Murder” and “Scars”. In 2011, Papa Roach played Sonisphere alongside Iron Maiden, Slipknot, Linkin Park, and more. In 2012, the band contributed a new single, “Even If I Could”, to the soundtrack for Marvel’s blockbuster film The Avengers. Their last record, The Connection, was released on October 2, 2012, and hit #17 on the Billboard Top 200. Papa Roach’s new album F.E.A.R. is set to drop on January 27 via Eleven Seven Music and has been one of the most anticipated rock records of 2015. – by Matt Bishop