At the turn of the century, Papa Roach was rocking big time with a triple-platinum major label debut (“Infest”) and the anthemic hit “Last Resort.”
Things have slowed for the quartet from Vacaville, Calif.; its last two albums, 2004’s “Getting Away with Murder” and last year’s “The Paramour Sessions,” just squeaked into the Billboard Top 20, though the former went platinum. But frontman Jacoby Shaddix says he’s learned to only worry about things he can control.
“And if it’s something I can control, I’m going to put all my effort toward it,” he explains. “The live (performing) thing is one thing that I can (control). We always want to try and top ourselves and take it to the next level. Sometimes bands get older and ‘mature,’ and their live show gets a little energetic and not as passionate and exciting.
“We’re like, ‘(Forget) that! Let’s do the opposite. Let’s get more energetic, bring the ruckus.’ We know there’s all these upand-coming young acts that are trying to steal that crow, but I’m not giving it up.”
But Papa Roach isn’t against maturity, either. The group recently recorded some acoustic songs in Scotland, Shaddix says, “just to test the waters and see how they sounded. They came out great.” But, he adds, it might be awhile before Papa Roach’s fans hear the acoustic material.
“I don’t think our fans are quite ready for this yet,” Shaddix says, “so we’ve put it on the back burner. But it’s defi nitely something we’re gonna touch on in the future.”
Papa Roach, Kill Hannah and It Dies Today perform Friday (Feb. 16) at Harpo’s, 14238 Harper, Detroit. Doors open at 6 p.m. Tickets are $20. Call (313) 824-1700 or visit www.harposconcerttheatre.com.
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