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).
The first single from “The Connection” is a track called “Still Swinging”, which many fans may have heard during last night’s Major League Baseball All Stars Home Run Derby on ESPN. The track will be featured by ESPN/MLB in select games/events for the next few weeks.
“Still Swinging” officially impacts at radio on July 24.
A snippet of the track and behind-the-scenes footage of the band filming its video in New York City with David Brodsky of Brooklyn, New York’s MyGoodEye Music Visuals (HELLYEAH, THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER, GOATWHORE, MUNICIPAL WASTE, SUFFOCATION) is available below.
Commented PAPA ROACH vocalist Jacoby Shaddix: “We wanted to make a dynamic and explosive record that captures the raw emotions of life. We also wanted to incorporate the biological sounds of rock with a digital edge to have a fresh sound. This is our own version of what we think the radio should sound like. This is the soundtrack to my life and once again I went through some dark shit and came through thanks to the music.”
Shaddix recently told American Forces Network Europe that he thinks the band has “topped ourselves again” with the new album.
PAPA ROACH‘s last full-length studio effort, “Metamorphosis”, arrived in spring 2009, while half of 2010’s “Time for Annihilation: On the Record On the Road” consisted of fresh studio material as well.
Shaddix told The Pulse Of Radio last year what the group’s goal was for its next effort. “You know, we’ve got to go back and write a record that just flips people out,” he said. “That’s the goal. We kind of want to switch up the vibe again and progress with the sound and really just make a record that’s a bit more adventurous, so we kind of want to make a record that’s got a bit more of ebb and flow to it, and a bit more of a musical journey type record.”
Fans might get to hear some of the new songs this summer when PAPA ROACH goes out on the Rockstar Energy Uproar Tour this August, alongside STAIND, SHINEDOWN, P.O.D., GODSMACK and more.