After two years’ work and nearly 10 months of building up excitement with their fans, Papa Roach are celebrating the release of their eleventh studio album, EGO TRIP today.
In the throes of a global lockdown, the album’s seeds were planted when the quartet entered a COVID-secure mansion in Temecula, California in the summer of 2020. What started as an escape and an exercise in keeping the creative juices flowing in a world that had completely ground to a halt, quickly grew into something bigger. Purposeful, provocative, and just the right side of the line between confident and cocky (“I really hope [the album title] stops a few people in their tracks” says frontman Jacoby Shaddix), EGO TRIP is Papa Roach -completed by guitarist Jerry Horton, bassist Tobin Esperance and drummer Tony Palermo – at its boldest and most brilliant.
“Throughout my life, I’ve embarked on this constant journey to unravel this…thing,” begins Jacoby on the inspiration behind EGO TRIP. “This eternal paradigm; this struggle between the light and the dark. I see it alive in the world and it’s something I’m constantly trying to find balance in with regards to my own life. Who is at the wheel of my ego? Is it the high-frequency version of myself, the one who is more spiritual and self-aware, or is it the low-frequency version who can be selfish, self-centered, and self-seeking? Throughout the process of making this record, we had some really profound conversations about life, who is at the helm of our egos and what it is that drives and motivates us.”
Fans have had a chance to dive into singles “Cut The Line”, “Stand Up”, “Dying To Believe”, “Kill The Noise” (which held the no. 1 position on the Mainstream Rock Charts for over a month) and genre-bending banger of a single “Swerve” featuring Jason Aalon Butler (Fever 333) and Sueco over the last few months, but are in for a treat with a handful of new songs including “No Apologies” a catchy, quintessential, modern rock anthem that the band are known for. All 14 tracks were pulled from a 2020 writing session with a tight-knit creative team including familiar collaborators Colin “Doc” Brittain, Nick Furlong, Jason Evigan, and new team members WZRD BLD and Andrew Goldstein.
As well as the slew of releases, Papa Roach have connected with fans through unique partnerships with TikTok, San Francisco 49ers, Twitter, ESPN UFC, and more. The band also took over the iconic Shakey’s Pizza on Santa Monica Blvd in Los Angeles for a one-of-a-kind release party last night.
EGO TRIP is available to stream and purchase today via New Noize Records, the band’s re-launched label with its roots in 2001, in partnership with ADA Worldwide (WMG’s independent label and artist services arm) at https://PapaRoach.lnk.to/
Papa Roach just wrapped up their first headlining tour in three years with the first leg of their North American “Kill The Noise Tour” featuring very special guests Hollywood Undead and Bad Wolves. The band will be back on the road for a string of dates with Highly Suspect next month and are making a handful of festival appearances across the United States.
A full list of tour dates is below with more information available here.
Papa Roach with Special Guest Highly Suspect
May 21 – St Louis, MO – 105.7 The Point “PointFest 2022”
May 22 – Springfield, MO – The Shrine Mosque
May 24 – Tulsa, OK – Tulsa Theater
May 26 – San Antonio, TX – Tech Port Center & Arena
Festival and Special Appearances
May 19 – Daytona Beach, FL – Welcome To Rockville Festival
May 28 – Houston, TX – 94.5 KTBZ Presents BuzzFest
May 29 – Dallas, TX – 97.1 The Eagle Presents BFD ‘22
July 15 – Mansfield, OH – Inkarceration Festival
October 8 – Sacramento, CA – Aftershock Festival