Papa Roach: 'Our First Releases Were Embarrassing'

artist: papa roach date: 12/06/2013 category: general music news
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Papa Roach: 'Our First Releases Were Embarrassing'
Chatting with Brian "Head" Welch of Korn, Papa Roach singer Jacoby Shaddix confessed considering the band's earliest efforts as nothing short of embarrassing. Head was the one to bring up the topic as he admitted being in "these cheesy bands" with future Korn bandmates Munky and Fieldy prior to forming the iconic nu metal act. Sharing a different story, Jacoby named Papa Roach as his very first band, meaning he went through all the "cheese" with them. "Haha, I'm gonna trip you out though because our first releases were embarrassing, you know if we go back and listen to the first P-Roach recordings, we sound like a cross between Mr. Bungle, Red Hot Chili Peppers and metal, haha. You know, that whole '90s scene that was funky and freaky - I even wore panty hose on my head," Shaddix said (via Loudwire), just to add: "Yeah, my embarrassing moments were in Papa Roach." During the rest of the chat, the pair showed much mutual respect, as Jacoby also discussed his childhood, revealing that his family was homeless at one point, living in a teepee by the river. "My parents were hippies, so at a young age, we were like ... I mean straight up, we were homeless for a minute when I was a little infant," he said. "Then we went from being homeless to living in somebody’s fenced-in laundry area. My dad was a Vietnam vet so he was kind of a recluse. He came back to America and just kinda dipped away out of society. Then he was a logger for a minute and, don’t laugh, but we lived in a teepee for a year." Head couldn't hide his surprise as the singer further explained, "I swear to God. For a year when I was a kid, man. Yeah, we bathed in the river, they dammed up a small little creek and lined it with tarps and we bathed in it." Welch was quick to ask the ultimate question: "Where'd you take a cr-p?" "In an outhouse or in a hole in the ground," Shaddix replied. "Then my life rapidly changed after my mom split with my dad and got with someone who was in the mainstream life style. That's when we got a black and white TV, then I went to a friend's house and found out the Smurfs were actually blue, I thought they were flesh colored, haha. "It was a pretty simple life. I mean my mom loved me and my stepdad loved me, but I had daddy issues because my biological father had bounced, so that was rough, you know. I was a bed wetter, too, so that kinda sucked. But then I found rock 'n' roll and that just put me in like a fast lane." The post ends with a clip showing strong bond between Korn and Papa Roach as they furiously sing "We're Not Gonna Take It" during a Twisted Sister show. Make sure to check it out below.
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