Papa Roach Talk ‘Face Everything and Rise’ Video, Tour With Seether + More
Papa Roach are prepping for a big 2015, as their new album 'F.E.A.R.' drops in January. Loudwire recently had a chance to sit down with all four members of the band to discuss the disc, their upcoming tour with Seether and much more. Check out the first part of our interview with Jacoby Shaddix, Jerry Horton, Tobin Esperance and Tony Palermo below.
Fans are getting a taste of the new album with the single 'Face Everything and Rise' and its accompanying video. Can you talk about making that video?
Jacoby Shaddix: We were making the record in Vegas, obviously, so the desert had a part in the sound of the record in a sense. We went out and I started going hiking at this place called Red Rocks out there and doing some meditations. I had this vision of I wanted the artwork and the video to be in this landscape, this environment -- this desolate, broken place that's just so beautiful. That was where the idea of the concept of the video. I sketched it out on my phone and it was this guy. It was a standoff between these riot cops and this one guy. They thought his hands were tied up but they didn't realize that he had like, this light orb. This shield of faith, or whatever this is that he has. He brings it out and he exposes it and extinguishes all the flaming arrows of his enemies. For me, that was a cool story to express, it came to me in a meditation out there so I wanted to be able to have that come to life.
I told the band about the concept. I wanted it to be the album artwork. Then, we were like, 'Why not let it just be the video?' So the album artwork isn't cornered into a certain image. It's got a cool vibe, man. It's high energy, high impact. We got to partner up with Dodge, which was rad. That f--king car, the Hellcat, is just so dope. It matches the intensity of the song. We always go to odd places to shoot music videos where it's just a little bit uncomfortable for the band. It's like, what's next? [laughs]
Jerry Horton: On fire or bleeding, drowning.
Tobin Esperance: Getting rained on, getting sprayed with fake blood out of a leaf blower that's - needles to the face.
You've got a tour coming up with Seether. Coming out of recording an album, are you all set to hit the road again?
Jacoby Shaddix: Oh yeah, we're sharp man. When it comes to that, touring, that's where real rock 'n' roll lives and that's the proving ground for it and we've proved ourselves over the years. That's where we shine the best. It's going to be fun to get out there, we're going to be kind of filtering in some of the very old school songs into the set on this one but also jamming the new material, it's going to be fun. Before the record comes out, we're going to play three songs off the record and after it's going to be all the floodgates open. It's just going to get buckwild, footloose and fancy free.
Tobin Esperance: We definitely plan on getting together and rehearsing for this tour and for this whole record cycle and trying to step up the whole Papa Roach live experience.
Jacoby Shaddix: Tobin went and saw Nine Inch Nails and Trent re-imagined some of the songs and Tobin came back and was trying to pitch that s--t on me and I'm like, 'What the f--k are you talking about? Re-imagine some s--t? Imagine how dope our s--t already is!' Then after I was like 'f--k you,' we tried it out and came out with some cool s--t on 'Kick in the Teeth' that was fresh. Sometimes you've got to fight it out but that's how it is. But, I think that's a good idea.
Jerry Horton: You gotta make it fresh for yourselves. You play songs for so long it's like if half of us like the song and want to throw it back in the setlist, half of us are like don't really want to do that again then you come up with something different. I like playing that song now.
Tobin Esperance: Sometimes the challenge is, too, how are we going to pull this s--t off live? Sometimes you can get pretty in depth with the recording techniques. Sometimes we'll have a song where we can play the meat and potatoes of it, but how do we try and cover all the different dimensions and feels as a band playing more of an organic way as opposed to relying on a bunch of trickery going on in the background. Who's playing that? Mr. Pro-Tools.
Jacoby Shady: DJ press play, dude.
Jerry Horton: That's the worst, when you see bands that actually can't continue if their s--t goes down. I feel bad for them.
Jacoby Shaddix: I pray that s--t goes down. Expose those chumps! But that's the beauty of how we approach it, with songs like 'Burn' or 'Kick in the Teeth,' or even with 'F.E.A.R.' It's those keyboard sequence parts, I like that s--t in the show. But if it goes away it's like, we're still going to be up here.
And what about touring with Seether. What's you relationship like with those guys?
Jacoby Shaddix: Oh we love those guys! Shaun, f--kin' Whiskey Dick Dale, John. Just great people, their new video for 'Same Damn Life' is fantastic. Excited about touring with them. We have a lot of love and respect for them. Great songwriters and we've done touring with them before but it'll be cool to do another co-headliner, I think we toured with Staind. We were underlings on that, so it's going to be fun and just get out there and rip it. They've been nice enough to let us close every night, which is cool.
Tobin Esperance: Seether always comes with the best after-show parties, too. They turn their dressing room into a lil somethin' called Clubfoot. They bring the lights and the music, fog machines and silly s--t.
Jacoby Shaddix: Cheese ass Radio Shack lights.
Tobin Esperance: They're great guys to be around, some refreshing silliness to the live touring.
Dale has told me about some of his killer BBQ's that he's had too.
Tobin Esperance: He's a wing man.
It's rare that we get the full band together, so it's a perfect time to ask. Take the person next to you and tell me about what they bring to the band.
Jacoby Shaddix: Jerry Horton brings … OK - it's like me and Tobin are these crazy ass pirate ships and we're in the water and Jerry is the calm sea that comes and chills it out. He always has that steady view. Jerry always lets us walk through our f--king insanity and is always there. I'm here for you if you need me but I'm going to let you go through your s--t if you need to. I think that's just his personality. As a guitar player he's a f--king solid rock guitar player. He brings it onstage every night, great stage presence. He's kind of chilled out and mellow and when he's steps onstage. It's like a switch flips. He'll eat your face off, so you better watch out. Just a great friend, total loyal just rad overall pretty magnificent man. I joke about this, but I'm serious. You know how people say, 'What would Jesus do?' I have a bracelet that says, 'What would Jerry do?'
Tobin Esperance: We always ask Jerry, no matter what the f--k we're doing or if we can't decide on anything. We're like what do we do with that last donut?
Jacoby Shaddix: Let's see what Jerry would do. Well, Jerry would eat half.
Tobin Esperance: Jerry is the only person that would cut a donut in half and only eat half.
Jacoby Shaddix: Blows me the f--k away.
Tobin Esperance: And not even come back to it.
Jacoby Shaddix: Just leave the donut. Just leave it!
Moving on, Jerry, what about Tobin...
Jerry Horton: Tobin is the spark. Tobin's the point of creativity. He's the exploration. He's dedicated to the music, and his instruments and all the other instruments. He's somebody to look up to for inspiration for creativity and for the music-ness.
Jacoby Shaddix: Also what not to do.
Tobin Esperance: Tony is the guy who can walk into a room and put a smile on everyone's face and make everyone feel like a good time is about to happen. Whether you want it to or not. [laughs] He always makes everyone laugh, even if we're all in a grouchy mood or it's a s---ty day. He brings a certain ferocious energy to the way he plays the drums that if any other drummer tries to get on the drums and play after Tony it just not going to compare as far as intensity and passion and just that overall rock drummer. He's just getting up there and killing it.
Jacoby Shaddix: I think we need to call out Dave Grohl out, dude. We need to have a drum-off. Tony Palermo and Dave Grohl. Just sayin', dude. Dave Grohl, dude. You wear gloves now dude, just sayin'.
Tony Palermo: What can I say? This motherf---er right here [Jacoby] ... gets f--kin' gets crazy. The word "insanity" has been used tonight but it's for real, right here. Jacoby has got a good grip on business sense, too. I think that's something that maybe wasn't always the case. I've only been around for seven years of their existence. I know back in the day, I think everyone was just like, 'Ha, ha, all this money, whatever.' But I can't even imagine having another singer in front of me. It's just been crazy. I love people's reaction to us too. 'Man you're f--king singer is just crazy, dude!' Bands, it's always a thing when we play festivals, it's like, 'Oh, what's he going to do today?' Sometimes he'll go out in the crowd and just get lost. 'Where is he, man?' We're up here playing a song. I love that about how it's just not the same every night. There's an unpredictability when you come and see a P-Roach show. But there's always that intensity from all of us and that's it. We have a lot to give people. I'm proud to be a part of that.
Speaking of unpredictability, one of the things I've loved about Papa Roach over the years is that you guys continue to evolve. Is it a challenge to keep it fresh from album to album?
Jacoby Shaddix: Nah man, that's the standard. Music is always evolving and we're fans of music. We love music -- current music, old music. We're always in a process of discovery. Sometimes it's just even a song can inspire a whole new feeling inside of us about music. I remember we heard that song 'New Noise' by Refused. We were like, 'Holy s--t! This standard has been raised.' We love music. We're a reflection of the stuff that we like and we don't like. Also it's our way to explore life and themes in life creatively through sound. I just think if we keep approaching records with that in mind, we'll be cool. I'm excited to see what's next. We made this record 'F.E.A.R.' and it's a very tight record. Very structured. Three minutes and 40 second song. It's the most concise P-Roach record I think we've ever written. Still with heart and emotion, it's like, what's next? How are we going to get crazy expansive and magnificent and wild and adventurous on a song? What's next? Who knows. But that's P-Roach.
Ten songs. Great flow. Sounds like an album and that's hard to come by these days in our singles culture.
Jacoby Shaddix: That's what we wanted too.
Our thanks to the Papa Roach guys for the interview. Their 'F.E.A.R.' album drops on Jan. 27 and you can pre-order the disc through Amazon and iTunes. Look for the group on tour with Seether beginning Jan. 9. See their dates here. And stay tuned for the second portion of our interview with Papa Roach, coming soon.
Watch Papa Roach's 'Face Everything and Rise' Video