California rockers PAPA ROACH will release their new album, “The Connection”, on October 2 via Eleven Seven Music. The CD was recorded at the band’s hometown studio, The Red House in Sacramento, California, and was produced by rock veteran James Michael (SIXX: A.M., HALESTORM) and John Feldmann (PANIC AT THE DISCO, THE USED, ESCAPE THE FATE).
“This is the best project to date! Our best record — period,” PAPA ROACH vocalist Jacoby Shaddix told AOL‘s Noisecreep. “We topped ourselves on this one — it encompasses all things about this band and we went back in he vault and listened and listened to all of our styles and themes to figure out where we were headed and we nailed it, dude. This is a wear your heart on your sleeve, honest, vulnerable record that give one a sense of hope in the darkness. It’s adventurous as hell, we laid all these grooves down that are sick, dirty, slinky — there’s some hip-hop, more keyboards than before, sound loops, textures — it’s dynamic, diverse and vulnerable. That is PAPA ROACH. Dude, we started in 1993 in a garage. In 2000 we got popular and we are still still popular — fucking A. We have never sounded better.”
Asked how the album’s cover artwork came about, Jacoby said, “This time around with the imaging we wanted to switch things up. So Jerry, my guitar player, found this amazing artist Android Jones. He’d done an image we really wanted, but he had commissioned it to someone else. So we said, ‘Let’s do something original,’ and so we did. We wanted [it] built around four things: the biological, the spiritual, the electrical and the digital to represent all of the elements of the record. And so the dude broke it down. I mean, is that not the most amazing album cover?”
The first single from “The Connection” is a track called “Still Swinging”, which was released at the end of last month.
A video for the song was filmed in New York City with David Brodsky of Brooklyn, New York’s MyGoodEye Music Visuals (HELLYEAH, THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER, GOATWHORE, MUNICIPAL WASTE, SUFFOCATION).