A Peek Into Papa Roach 2011 and 2021

Here's a flashback video from 2011 of Papa Roach singer Jacoby Shaddix talking about the band's approach to music, which involves getting feedback from fans. In this footage presented by the band's label, El Tonal Records, Jacoby asks questions for fans about what they want musically from the band and fans respond. The montage of responses paints a wide canvas for the band to play with. While the band has sold millions of albums punching out hard rock, they have moved toward a broader range of rock.

Jacoby asks fans in this video if they want to hear more pop, acoustic, electronic, punk or metal. He adds that fan opinions matter and that's why the group makes music. The responses point to more variety. He also asks fans what their favorite Papa Roach songs are as fans recite a wide range of their discography that now spans over a decade. The video is unique because it gets the audience involved with the music planning for their 2012 album The Connection. This album came out on new indie label Eleven Seven, which was named by Billboard as "Rock Label of the Year" in 2010. The label's other major signing was Motley Crue.

The band is from Vacaville but is celebrated as a Sacramento band due to the volume of shows they've done in the area. Of course, they've toured the world and done well with a string of albums that began in 1997 and exploded three years later with their major label debut on Dreamworks Records, Infest, which spawned the alternative smash "Last Resort." Their follow-up album Lovehatetragedy was also on Dreamworks in 2002 before they moved on to Geffen for three albums.

Time For Annihilation ... On The Record And On The Road was mostly live recordings. On December 12, 2011 NME reported that Shaddix planned to expand the musical direction of the band on their eighth album to include reggae and electronic flavors as well as metal. That album called F.E.A.R. came out in 2015. Despite the fact the band has been on an indie label since 2012, Papa Roach has maintained a presence on American radio airwaves and the national rock charts. Some of the band's songs that have topped the Billboard's Mainstream Rock chart in its indie era include "Face Everything and Rise," "Help," "Born For Greatness," "Come Around" and "The Ending."

The band has continued to craft music that spans the alternative and rock worlds. In 2021 Papa Roach released a new track "Dying To Believe." The song is about how people are more alike than they realize. Jacoby has told the press he wanted to write a song with hope in it and that he views music as a vehicle to unify people. The song builds on the band's rap-metal sound mixed with pronounced tuneful melodies. The song offers resolve to "building walls around our hearts."

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