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Papa Roach stays "viable," "valid"

of the Oakland Press

Posted: Saturday, March 12, 2011

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It’s been awhile since Papa Roach hit the multiplatinum ranks with 2000’s “Infest” and its hits “Last Resort” and “Broken Home.” But 11 years and five albums later, frontman Jacoby Shaddix and his bandmates have no qualms about their stature in the rock world.

“We’re still a viable, valid rock ’n’ roll band,” says Shaddix, 34. “Not just in the U.S., either; in South America, we haven’t been there in so many years but we’ve got so many fans who want to see us. And in the U.K., we don’t really have a lot of radio success, but we have this cult fan base over there that foams at the mouth for Papa Roach.

“I think we still have a lot to say as a rock ’n’ roll band. I don’t think we’re done. I know in my heart the best is yet to come.”

Papa Roach is still pulling of singles from its latest album, 2010’s part-live “Time for Annihilation.” But Shaddix predicts a late summer start on the band’s next effort, though he won’t predict what direction the group will take once it’s in the studio.

“We’ve got an endless amount of riffs and ideas,” he notes. “It’s always about evolution. This time I think we want to flip it up again a little bit. My bass player’s (Tobin Esperance) obsessed with this style of music called dub-step so it’ll be interesting to see how that affects his writing and what we come up with. And I think we dabble with elements of electronic sounds of music. With ‘Kick in the Teeth’ and ‘Burn,’ our fans have been really receptive of it, but we don’t want to take it overboard to where it overshadows our rock.

“There’s just a fine balance we will achieve in creating the sound of Papa Roach in the future. We’ll be as interested as anybody to see what happens.”

Papa Roach, No Resolve and Core Effect perform Sunday, March 13, at Clutch Cargo’s, 65 E. Huron St., Pontiac. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $20 in advance, $23 at the door. Call 248-333-2362 or visit www.clutchcargos.com.

Web Site: www.clutchcargos.com

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