In 2000, Papa Roach has marked the imagination with the locomotive Last Resort, on which singer Jacoby Shaddix used to distill his thoughts into a punch nu metal to to suicidal. At the time of creating the last album of the training, the Crooked Teeth (2017), the Californian has once again put the music a depressive episode in the song Help, the influences of pop and whose message takes more in the form of an outstretched hand to go get help. Times are changing at Papa Roach, which has for some years been full of new fans in blurring the boundaries of genres and reaping the clicks by the millions on the platforms of streaming. Discussion with the leader of the training expected at the Grand Theatre on Tuesday.
Q In what state of mind were you at the time of creating the last album?
R Us to think about a lot in our journey, that Papa Roach has done. I have a lot of thought to the elements which have been the strength of our group in the course of our career. I wanted to dive into these elements to create something that would remind of that Papa Roach was a long time ago, but that would at the same time, a sound current. I love the rock, I like hip-hop, I love punk, I love pop, I love electronic music. All of these styles that I like and that I listen to, I want to find a way to mix them together.
Q You wrote the song Help in a depressive episode. What is it that pushed you to do it?
R This is one of the last songs that we wrote for the album. In my life, I fought against the depression I have struggled against a darkness within. During the process of creating this album, I lived in a hollow, emotionally, and spiritually. I was almost at the end of the roll. We were in the studio and the guys were working on something super catchy. Me, I was sitting in a corner to tell me : “Fuck that! Fuck this music. I don’t like this song, it is crap, it is really no one…” This is where the guys have suggested that I take my black thoughts and that I put in this music, saying that it could give something powerful. I remembered that this is what we had done with the song Scars [in 2004]. This is what we did and it was great out. It has become one of my favorite songs.
Q would you Describe this song as a version more mature of Last Resort?
R In words, this is totally it. In Last Resort, we are trapped in the darkness. In Help, there are at least a hand stretched out of the darkness.
Q You sing a Last Resort since 18 years. And you have clearly no choice but to continue…
R Yeah… This is a classic. I am so thankful to have a song like that in our repertoire. Each time one plays, no matter where it is, no matter what time it is, no matter who is in the show, it explodes.
Q This song has been such a success. I have the impression that strength to hear it or sing it, it loses a little sight of the meaning of the words, which are without end, which clearly refer to suicide. Do you feel the same thing?
R I the lose in the energy of the live performance, I think. It is safe only when I stop to think about what I say, I do like you and I say to myself : “Fuck, man. This is horrible!” But I also believe that many fans already felt like that. It is like a release to have lived through these feelings and be able to share this moment with others. When one is on stage, this is a good time.
Q What importance do you give to the social message of your songs?
R It is one of the elements of the first albums that I wanted to bring back. I have opinions socio-political well-trenches, but I don’t express it always in music. This album has given me the opportunity to step back in there and speak my truth. Now more than ever, it is time to stand up to defend what we believe in.
Q what makes you say that?
R I’m at a point in my life where I am a protector and a father. For me, this is the most important thing. I want to teach my children that they must stand up and make their voices heard. They must be leaders rather than follow. With the song Born for Greatness, I wanted to write something positive. This world can be so crazy. As corny as it may sound, I wanted to say that as individuals, we can all do great things.
Q Do you feel that your audience is renewed in the last few years?
R Absolutely. In the past five years, it has really been a turn. Our fan base has been transformed. This is in large part because of the music that we write and of the history of our group. But it’s also a lot because of the streaming. It has given us the opportunity to reach a whole other group of fans. With Spotify, you can see where you stand. It was between six and seven million listeners monthly. If we compare to our peers, we are kicking ass! We see younger fans will point to our shows. For us, this is very exciting because it still has a lot to say with our music.
YOU WANT TO GO THERE?
- Who: Papa Roach (preceded by Nothing More, and Escape The Fate)
- When: April 17 at 19h
- Where: Grand Theatre
- Tickets: 57,20 $ 74,70 $
- Info.: www.grandtheatre.qc.ca