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How Papa Roach ‘destroyed’ himself writing his 11th studio album in quarantine

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Papa Roach has been making music for over two decades. But the members of the Californian rock band continue to devote all their energy to the creative process.

They are about to release their eleventh studio album, Personal achievement. And in a recent interview, frontman Jacoby Shaddix admitted making the new record had “destroyed” them.

(LR) Jerry Horton, Jacoby Shaddix and Tobin Espérance by Papa Roach | Jon Kopaloff/Getty Images

Papa Roach’s first album was released in 1997.

Papa Roach was founded by Shaddix, his drummer friend Dave Buckner, guitarist Jerry Horton, bassist Will James and trombonist Ben Luther in the early 90s. James was replaced by roadie Tobin Esperance in 1996.

The band released their first album, Old friends from young yearsin 1997. But with their second record, Infestthe band met with mainstream success.

In 2000, Papa Roach landed the Anger Management Tour alongside artists like Eminem, Limp Bizkit and Ludacris. Infest earned the group two nominations at the 2001 Grammy Awards, including one for Best New Artist and the other for Best Music Video for “Broken Home”.

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Since then, Papa Roach has never stopped making music. They have released a total of 10 albums over the past 25 years. Their latest album, Who do you trust?came out in 2019.

Papa Roach destroyed himself making his new album during quarantine

In a recent appearance on the Danny Wimmer presents, Shaddix explained how the band handled the pandemic lockdown. And he remembers talking to Esperance about returning to the studio.

“We were locked down in quarantine, and we just kept FaceTiming with each other, calling each other, like, ‘Man, I’m going crazy,'” Shaddix said. “Tobin is like, ‘Bro, what are we gonna do, man? We gotta do something. We gotta get creative.”

The frontman of Papa Roach revealed that the group has a home down south in a town called Temecula. They locked themselves away and started making music for a month straight.

“It was like a lock had opened,” Shaddix recalls. “And it was, like, 24/7 – there was literally music on for most of 24 hours, whether it was editing or engineering or ‘writing or recording or tracking.’

The creative journey has cost them a lot. And while it completely wore them out, Shaddix admitted that Papa Roach was better for it.

“By the time we finished this process in this house, we all left as if we had just been destroyed,” he suggested. “We had no more energy. Everyone just needed to come home and recharge. But it was such a great bonding experience for the boys and our producers and our engineers and just a really special time in our lives.

The group settled its “grievances” during the process

Coming together during quarantine hasn’t just spurred Papa Roach’s creativity. It also helped band members reconnect and resolve some of their issues.

“I think the process of creating this record, we kicked it off in the right way,” Shaddix said on David Wimmer presents. “A lot of walls crumbled emotionally between us and it really made for great music.”

“And we expressed grievances in the process and really went through some things together and we came out on the other side of the process of this record saying, ‘Man, we just went through hell and heaven to make this disc. We have something special,” he added. “It’s really exciting.”

Papa Roach’s new album, Personal achievement, releases April 8, 2022.

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