Interview: Jacoby Shaddix of Papa Roach Reflects on "Getting Away With Murder"
Wed, 05 Nov 2014 11:19:42
In 2000, Infest announced Papa Roach's arrival on the scene as one of hard rock's most incendiary units. Their live shows remained explosive, unpredictable, and downright unforgettable, matching the music's intensity. However, it only hinted at what loomed on the horizon. In fact, 2004's Getting Away With Murder illuminated the real power at the heart of this quartet.
That same energy stood intact, yet the band's songwriting progressed immensely, churning out some of their biggest and best songs ever including "Blood (Empty Promises)", "Getting Away With Murder", "Scars", and more.
It's a landmark for the band for modern rock. Celebrating its 10-year anniversary, the platinum-certified gem stands out.
So, ARTISTdirect.com editor in chief Rick Florino spoke to Papa Roach main man Jacoby Shaddix about Getting Away With Murder and its spiritual link to their forthcoming opus, F.E.A.R. (Face Everything And Rise), out January 27, 2015.
What's the first thing that comes to mind when you think of Getting Away With Murder?
That was the beginning of the journey I'm on. It's that spiritual awakening, if you will. That was the first record where I tried to get clean, but I was a sick puppy, dude. I was like, "Well, if I'm not drinking, I'll just eat pills, and say I'm sober!" I was just twisted up.
Is it particularly special for you?
Yeah, it really is a fucking badass album. I really think, after that record, we strayed away on The Paramour Sessions. The elements of Getting Away With Murder are timeless though, and they're a part of what we're doing now.
Do you feel like F.E.A.R. (Face Everything And Rise) picks up where Getting Away With Murder left off?
Definitely! F.E.A.R. (Face Everything And Rise) is an extension of elements of Getting Away With Murder. There are tracks on the album that we play live that still stand up and have a huge stake in the game for Papa Roach. That was the record that really and truly turned our career around. That was a life-saving record. That album saved Papa Roach's life.
What's your favorite song from Getting Away With Murder?
See our feature on 5 Reasons You Should be Excited for F.E.A.R. (Face Everything And Rise) here!