PAPA DO PREACH

JA­COBY SHADDIX TAKES US IN­SIDE THE DARK­NESS OF PAPA ROACH’S FORTH­COM­ING NINTH AL­BUM, AND RE­FLECTS ON SUR­VIV­ING HIS OWN PER­SONAL APOCALYPSE…

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IT’S NOT a bad life be­ing Ja­coby Shaddix. Papa Roach are still tech­ni­cally record­ing this year’s ninth, as-yet-un­ti­tled full-length and their front­man is driv­ing around in the sun, al­ready hear­ing its early sin­gles Crooked Teeth and Help in­fect the air­waves and rock charts.as he pulls into LA’S Steak­house Stu­dio, where the Cal­i­for­nian quar­tet are putting down their fin­ish­ing touches, he fills K! in on how his band are go­ing back to the fu­ture – bring­ing their early hip-hop in­flu­ences into that ever-evolv­ing whirlpool of heavy noise. So, about that Ma­chine Gun Kelly col­lab­o­ra­tion…

AL­RIGHT, JA­COBY! WHAT’S THE CRAIC WITH AL­BUM NUM­BER NINE, THEN?

“We’re down here in Los An­ge­les and it’s go­ing good! We’re work­ing with some young, up-and­com­ing pro­duc­ers [Ni­cholas ‘Ras’ Fur­long and Colin ‘Doc’ Brit­tain] who re­ally wanted to shake things up again to help us sep­a­rate our­selves from the pack. work­ing with these young guys helped us bring back some of that old-school flavour. Espe­cially with my vo­cals and all the rapping.”

WE HEARD YOU HAVE MA­CHINE GUN KELLY GUESTING ON ONE SONG...

“I’ve been dig­ging what he does for quite a while now, after his [2012] al­bum Lace Up. He can flip into the rock space as well as be­ing an in­cred­i­ble rap artist.we met at an awards cer­e­mony and started the talk of col­lab­o­rat­ing there. I played him Crooked Teeth and he thought it was dope, then I played him this other track called Sun­rise Trailer Park, say­ing we were look­ing for a guest for it. It’s a story about flip­ping my ’72 Chevy nose-over-tail six times with­out a seat­belt – and sur­viv­ing. My friend was in the car with me and he sur­vived too, but I wrote this song as if the story didn’t end that way. It was done as if my friend had died and MGK played that part, talk­ing to me from the other side. He’s got guts; the guy is solid as fuck.”

YOU JUST CEL­E­BRATED FIVE YEARS OF SOBRIETY. HAS THERE BEEN ANY­THING IN THAT TIME WHICH RE­ALLY TESTED THAT?

“Nah, not one, man. It’s hon­estly like I’m the kid that was play­ing in the back­yard with fire and burned my­self ’til I was dis­fig­ured. But I sur­vived that – so now I don’t touch the flame. when I look back on then, I pushed every­one away. I be­came com­pletely iso­lated at the worst point of des­per­a­tion in my life. Noth­ing made me happy – not my friends, my mu­sic, my band, not even my fam­ily. that was a turn­ing point, man. I ain’t ever look­ing back, be­cause I don’t miss that shit at all.”

HELP HAS SOME PRETTY DARK THEMES RUN­NING THROUGH THE LYRICS. WHAT ARE YOU SINGING ABOUT?

“As I’ve pulled back the lay­ers of my­self over the last few years, since I put down the bot­tle, I’ve dug deeper into these spa­ces that were cov­ered up for so long. While I’ve got my life back to­gether, I re­alised I’ll get over one thing and then be at the bot­tom of an­other moun­tain of shit. I’ve got de­pres­sion is­sues of the manic sort. It’s be­come more ap­par­ent in sobriety, be­cause be­fore­hand I was numb­ing my­self. I be­gan to un­der­stand I was a dark in­di­vid­ual. I mask it with my jovial, bois­ter­ous chat. I’ve found it’s al­most like a defence mech­a­nism or sur­vival skill.”

BE­FORE YOU HEAD BACK INTO THE STU­DIO, TELL US: WHAT ELSE IS ROCK­ING YOUR WORLD RIGHT NOW?

“You know what record killed me re­cently? I’m re­ally feel­ing Frank Carter’s new one [Mod­ern Ruin] – it re­ally grabbed me lyri­cally. I’ll tell you what’s not rock­ing my world, though – when I’m at home, my youngest son Brix­ton is ob­sessed with the Last Re­sort video. I’m sat there think­ing, ‘the joke’s on me – I’m a damn one­hit-won­der with my own child.’ He just wants to cut his life into pieces all day long (laughs)!”

Papa Roach got a stark re­minder of why no-one gets the bus in Los An­ge­les

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