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Some fans and critics seem to think so. With Papa Roachs massive debut, Infest,
still on the charts almost 70 weeks after its release, this band has legs. Japan moshers
will finally get their chance to see them perform when they hit Akasaka Blitz in late
Hailing from Vacaville, northern California, Papa Roach came together when high school
friends Coby Dick (vocals), Dave Buckner (drums) and Will James (bass) hooked up with
guitarist Jerry Horton. They named themselves for Dicks grandfather, adding the
cockroach tag as a symbol of toughness.
With a fierce stage show and influences ranging from Rage Against The Machine to Faith No
More, Papa Roach soon became a big draw on the northern California live music scene. They
debuted with Potatoes For Christmas, released in 1994 on their own independent
Replacing bassist James with Tobin Esperance in 1996, the bands rap influences
became more overt on their next LP, Old Friends From Young Years. The album was a
major local success, leading to a slot opening for funk-punk veterans Suicidal Tendencies.
Following the release of the 5 Tracks Deep and Let Em Know EPs,
Papa Roach signed to DreamWorks for Infest. The album proved to be one of the ultimate
statements in rapcore, Dicks lyrics hitting a chord among the disaffected of
Generation Y with their socially conscious treatment of issues such as divorce and drug
abuse. The single Last Resort, an unflinching account of suicide, went as far
as the US top 5.
Currently participating in Americas heavy rock Ozzfest tour, Papa Roach is
reportedly at work on a follow-up album. Were writing it on tour, singer
Dick told Launch. A good environment, you know. Lots of drugs, lots of alcohol, lots
Papa Roach play Akasaka Blitz on September 27.See listings for details.