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