Papa Roach is an American alternative metal band, originally from California, formed in 1993 by Jacoby Shaddix, Dave Buckner, Will James and Ben Luther in the small North American town of Vacaville. In 2000, they sold more than 10 million albums according to Universal Music Group.
The group formed in January 1993 when singer Jacoby Shaddix and drummer Dave Buckner met during a football game where they discussed music. They are joined by trombonist Ben Luther and bassist Will James. They decide to participate in a young talent contest organized by their school, they play a cover of the famous song of Jimi Hendrix, Fire . They do not win this contest. In March 1993, trombonist Ben Luther was replaced by guitarist Jerry Horton. It is the girlfriend of Jerry, fan of the group, who presents it to the group. At this point, the band was rehearsing every day and participating in every possible concert. Their first tour is called "Moby Dick" . The band's name comes from Jacoby Shaddix's grandfather; William Howard Roatch, who was nicknamed Papa Roach. The latter committed suicide in 2005. The band paid tribute to him with the album The Paramour Sessions and during the concerts with the song Roses On My Grave>. In 1994, Papa Roach released his first EP titled Potatoes for Christmas . Drummer Dave Buckner leaves to study art for a year in Seattle and is temporarily replaced by Ryan Brown. After the return of the drummer, they released in 1995, a demo recorded at Sound Farm Studios and entitled Caca Bonita . In 1996, bassist Will James is replaced by Tobin Esperance. Too much involved in a religious holiday camp, Will James limited the possibilities of repetition and tour of the group. The transition is easy as Tobin Esperance was part of the team accompanying the group on tour.
On February 4, 1997, the band released their first album: "Old Friends from Young Years" . In parallel, the group continues to tour, alongside groups like Incubus, Powerman 5000, PE Hed, Snot or Static-X. In 1998, they released an EP entitled 5 Deep Tracks . The latter sells more than 1,000 copies in the first month of its release. The band releases a new EP a year later, Let's Em Know , which turns out to be their last independent production. The success of this CD draws the attention of Warner Music Group, which signs with the group for the production of a demo of 5 tracks. For this, the group chooses the producer Jay Baumgardner who accepts after having watched videos of concert of the group>. However, the Warner is not convinced by the demo and chose not to sign them. This demo included songs lang = "en"> Infest , Last Resort , Broken Home , Dead Cell , and She Loves Me Not , which will reappear later on Infest for the first 4, and on Lovehatetragedy for the last one. Subsequently, they sign a contract with the record company "DreamWorks Records" .
After having signed with DreamWorks Records in October 1999, the group recorded in the year 2000 the album Infest including old songs and three new songs: Between Angels and Insects , Blood Brothers , and Never Enough . The album was released April 25, 2000 and became the 5> best selling of the year with 3 million CDs sold. With the release of the album and the shooting of the clip Last Resort , they embark on the tours with notably Anger Management Tour alongside famous rappers such as Eminem, E-40, Xzibit or Ludacris. In 2001, the band toured Ozzfest in the United States and the United Kingdom, where they played on the main stage. Their song Blood Brothers is also part of the game soundtrack Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 2 and Flatout 2 >>>. After long tours around the world, the band went to the studio again to record their third album which was to be titled Born to Rock , but will finally take the name of Lovehatetragedy . The album sor