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Papa Roach wage war every time they pick up their instruments.
It's a war for musical integrity. It's a war for their fans. It's a war for rock 'n' roll. The California quartet's latest release, Time for Annihilation…On The Record and On The Road captures that war on stage and in the studio, showcasing nine live renditions of Papa Roach classics and five newly recorded tracks. From blistering live versions of "Last Resort" and "Scars" to the syncopated stomp of new single "Kick in the Teeth" and "Burn," this is the ultimate Papa Roach experience, placing listeners right up against the barricade ready to be blown away. Due out August 31 via Eleven Seven Music, Time for Annihilation…On The Record and On The Road signals the next chapter in the Papa Roach saga.
Time for Annihilation…On The Record and On The Road gives listeners two sides of the Papa Roach experience—the uncontainable live explosion and the unforgettable studio charm. About this unique collection, frontman Jacoby Shaddix comments, "This is a look back at our career through the live songs, and it's also a statement that we're here to stay. For us, Time for Annihilation…On The Record and On The Road is the perfect connection between the road and the studio. In addition to capturing our show, we crafted new material that takes fans on a ride."
That ride begins with the arena-ready "Kick in the Teeth." The first single pummels and pulverizes with a razor sharp riff and an invigorating hook that's impossible not to sing along to. Working with producer David Bendeth (Breaking Benjamin, Paramore) in his New Jersey studio, the band channeled their live fire into the new tunes.
Tobin Esperance (bass) elaborates, "The new songs preserve the intensity we've always had, but at the same time they sound like anthemic rock 'n' roll. We don't ever lose that energy or the groove. These tracks will sound good in your car stereo or in an arena. That's what Papa Roach does. We want to rock you everywhere." The band's resident basher Tony Palermo adds, "We get off on playing live. Anybody that's seen us knows we don't just stand around. Jacoby's commanding the crowd every night, and it's madness in the best way possible."
The live show remains a crucial element of the Papa Roach legacy. Time for Annihilation…On The Record and On The Road’s nine live songs were recorded on the band's highly successful co-headline run of arenas with Shinedown in December 2009. These versions of "Between Angels and Insects" and "Hollywood Whore" find Papa Roach at their most raw, riveting and real. The band has shared bills with the likes of Red Hot Chilli Peppers, Guns N Roses, Avenged Sevenfold, Eminem and Shinedown and played the main stages of OZZfest and Crüe Fest, and their live show has made even the most jaded rock fans believers.
Releasing a combination album of live and new tracks is a novel concept for any band—even one such as Papa Roach that's never stopped pushing the envelope. Papa Roach solidified their identity as a hard rock contender in 2000 with their breakout debut, Infest. Since then, they've sold over 10 million albums worldwide and destroyed crowds everywhere. Time for Annihilation…On The Record and On The Road spans their catalog—2002's Lovehatetragedy, Getting Away with Murder in 2004, The Paramour Sessions in 2006 and Metamorphosis in 2009—and it includes live recordings of their 7 Top Ten rock singles "Last Resort," "Forever," "Getting Away With Murder," "Scars" and "…To Be Loved."
The new material truly stands out though. Whether it's the industrial-tinged metallic assault and battery of "Burn" or the contemplative, catchy ballad, "No Matter What," Papa Roach continue to evolve seamlessly. Esperance explains, "We don't have a linear sound; there are so many different personalities in the band, and they come through in the music. Our songs will either make you want to fight, fuck or dance."
Continuing to smash boundaries, fans even came up with the album's name at the band's request. "On Twitter, I told fans that I wanted something different for the title," says Shaddix. "I asked, 'What captures Papa Roach?' People were coming back with a lot of lyrics from our songs. This one kid posted Time for Annihilation…On The Record and On The Road —which is a lyric from 'Crash'—and that rang a bell. Before we go on stage, the last thing we scream in our huddle is Time for Annihilation. That's exactly what we do every night."
The band is now annihilating independently thanks to their partnership with Eleven Seven Music. "We've got total control," exclaims Esperance. "We're working together with a team who shares the same ideals that we do as a band, and we don't have to ask for permission for anything. This is our first record cycle as an independent band, and we couldn't be more thrilled."
In addition, there's a very special hidden track on Time for Annihilation…On The Record and On The Road with a message personally recorded by Shaddix, encouraging fans to do their part to fight hunger and homelessness. On the track, Shaddix encourages fans to take out their phones and text a number for WhyHunger in order to donate $5 to the organization. WhyHunger has been fighting hunger and poverty around the world since 1975, and the album's hidden track is a shout-out reinforcing this crucial cause. Last year, the band auctioned off a VIP experience at every show that supported WhyHunger, but the message at the end of the album says it all.
Papa Roach still aren't completely alone. There's a legion of fans that's an undeniable part of their story. Shaddix goes on, "I hope this album inspires people that have never seen us live to come be a part of the raw energy that is Papa Roach. Papa Roach isn't just four guys on stage; Papa Roach is four guys on stage and a fucking arena full of people. That's what it's about for us. Everybody is part of this gang we have. You don't have to be in the band to be in the fucking gang." This gang is about to take over rock 'n' roll when the clock strikes Time for Annihilation…On The Record and On The Road.
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