During a recent interview with Radio.com, Papa Roach’s Jacoby Shaddix discussed the band’s upcoming album. Notably, the frontman mentioned that the effort will include the group’s first-ever acoustic ballad.
Shaddix said the following about the new record:
“We’ve got about three-quarters of the record finished. We took some time and we rented a house all together, locked in this place for a month. Everybody got COVID tested. Nobody left the house for a month. There was no in-and-outs. We had food delivered, and we had a friend of ours cooking out for us. And it was music 24 hours a day for a month. Literally, there was something happening at all hours. And this creative process, we got lost in it.
I find that it was time for us to kind of shake things up in that way, ’cause the last couple of records, we’ve just gone into the studio and just started writing. Tobin [Esperance, bass], Jerry [Horton, guitar] and myself and Tony [Palermo, drums], we were just, like, ‘Let’s do something different.’ And so this shut-in vibe really… It’s like the farther you dig down creatively and you discover this piece, it’s, like, ‘Let’s go farther down the rabbit hole. Let’s go farther down the rabbit hole.’ And that experience for us really uncovered some rad sounds, some great songs, and just overall a good bonding experience for us. Because we’ve been doing this thing for years, and we really started to miss each other, being home.
It’s a family — it really is. These are my brothers. I spend a large portion of my life with these guys on the road. And so after we are home with our families for a while, it’s, like, ‘All right, now [I’ve] gotta get with our other family. I miss my other family.’
We wrote some ill music, and now we’re just putting the finishing touches on a bunch of it. And I’ve gotta tell you, man, this next era, this next phase is… I am beyond excited. I think it’s some of the best songwriting we’ve ever done. It’s mature, but then there’s this reckless idleness to it. It’s just this duality of styles. We have our first acoustic ballad we’ve ever done. And it’s not like a, ‘Oh, honey, sweetie, sweetie, baby’ kind of ballad. It’s a song that just grabs you by the heartstrings and just toys with you. It’s just a super-dynamic rock record that I think is gonna blow people’s minds.”