May 12, 2002
Vacaville, California band Papa
Roach burst on the scene and in to heavy rotation
in 2000 with their debut album "Infestation,"
and now they’re readying the follow-up, "Lovehatetragedy,"
for release June 18th. The advance single, "She
Loves Me Not," is in the radio.wazee spotlight
Roach’s lead singer Jacoby Shaddix (formerly Coby
Dick) says the lyrics for "She Loves Me Not"
were inspired by his sometimes turbulent relationship
with his wife, Kelly, who recently gave birth to their
first child, a son named Makaile Cielo Shaddix. Lyrics
like, "I don't know if I care/ I'm the jerk,
life's not fair/ Fighting all the time, this is out
of line/ She loves me not," illustrate the stress
of trying to juggle your relationship and your band.
"I feel like anything I do is just not enough,"
says Shaddix. "But you can't fight it. You just
gotta fold, man, and that's the hard thing."
"She Loves Me Not" was
originally recorded for the demo that got them signed,
and which they intentionally left off of "Infest."
"It just didn't fit the record," Shaddix
said. "It was more of a rockin' rock song. Toward
the end of ‘Infest,’ we wrote 'Between Angels and
Insects' and 'Never Enough,' which were more rockin'
songs, and that was the direction the band was moving
in. So 'She Loves Me Not' fits this record. It's got
enough of the old flavor in it from the last record,
but it's got a new side of the band that people haven't
really seen, and that's the super-melodic side. But
it's still hard and aggressive."
The band came together in the small
Northern California town of Vacaville in 1993 when
four high school friends, Jerry Horton, Dave Buckner,
Will James and Shaddix decided to start a band. Influenced
by Bay Area acts like Faith No More and Primus, they
became Papa Roach, and quickly rose to the top of
the Vacaville music scene. They soon moved from pizza
joints and keg parties to headlining places like the
Cactus Club in San Jose, the Cattle Club in Sacramento
and the Berkeley Square.
After releasing several EPs, including
1994's "Potatoes for Christmas" and 1995's
"Caca Bonita," in the summer of 1996 the
band decided to make changes necessary to reach the
next level. They replaced bass player Will James and
brought in Tobin Esperance. He was only 16 years old
at the time, but had been a roadie for Papa Roach
since age 13. He’s since taken home the 2002 California
Music Award for Outstanding Bassist.
With a new manager to help them
with bookings, promotions and merchandising, the band
entered the studio to record the full-length CD "Old
Friends From Young Years." Recorded for just
$700, it was released in February of 1997. Without
any push from the band or management, many smaller
independent and college radio stations in Chico, Davis,
San Jose, Sacramento and the Bay Area added Papa Roach
to their playlists. At Cal-State Sacramento, Papa
Roach number one as the most requested band for five
Thanks to the band’s emerging popularity,
promoters started booking the band as a support act
on many larger national shows, both in Northern and
Southern California. In April 1998, Papa Roach released
"5 Tracks Deep," an E.P. which sold 1,000
copies within a month. After signing a major-label
deal with Dreamworks Records, the band released "Insfestation"