PAPA ROACH’s JACOBY SHADDIX: ‘I Love Being One Of The Forefathers Of Nu Metal’

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In a new interview with Metal Hammer magazine, PAPA ROACH frontman Jacoby Shaddix was asked to nominate an “epic failure” in the band’s career, to which he responded: “In the critics’ eyes, our second [major label] album, Lovehatetragedy [2002], was an epic failure.

“But I look back on it very fondly. It was a necessary record to make to continue to build our identity. We felt like we were being pigeon-holed as a one-trick pony, and we felt there was so much more to our band than the nu metal tag. I love being one of the forefathers of nu metal, that’s f*cking dope, but we’ve been able to outlive it and celebrate it at the same time.”

Shaddix also spoke about a second ‘Greatest Hits’ volume, Greatest Hits Vol.2 – The Better Noise Years, which will be released on March 19.

“I’m in eternal gratitude to our fans for sticking with us through the highs and the lows,” he says. “We’ve had great successes and great failures, but we’re courageous enough as creators to keep putting ourselves out, put our blood onto the dance floor and risk it. This is our way to put a pin in it, because we’re moving on.  We signed a new record deal, so this is a great way to bookend this period of our career. It’s an ending, but it’s a new beginning too.”