How Papa Roach Brought the Beach to the Studio While Recording New Album

Papa Roach dropped their tenth studio album, Who Do You Trust?, today (January 18), and if you think some of the tracks sound tonally different from the band’s previous work, you’re not just hearing things. In fact, there’s a very unique reason why this album sounds the way it does.

Frontman Jacoby Shaddix recently was on Talkin’ Rock with Meltdown, and he mentioned how the band...let’s just say created a very relaxed atmosphere while recording:  

How Papa Roach Brought the Beach to the Studio While Recording New Album

“We’ve never written and recorded an album during the summertime. We always write and record during the winter, for some reason just because of touring cycles. And so that, I believe, had an effect on the recording of this record.  We were North Hollywood, and we ordered in two tons of sand and had it dumped in the parking lot [of the recording studio], so we could have a beach in the parking lot. We spent a lot of time outside on our beach with acoustic guitars and sitting around a fire and writing riffs and just kind of doing it a bit of a different way. It really proved to have a different vibe to the record. There’s a lot more stuff that’s in a major key, so it’s got a little bit more of an uplifting sound at times. That’s exciting to kind of take turns like that and have a record that really takes you on a journey, and this one, I’d say, definitely does.”

There are few things that are equal parts tacky and badass as gathering around a fire on your very own parking lot beach.  Our condolences to whoever had to eventually clean up the beach and gather the sand. That likely wasn’t a fun project, but the idea of a parking lot beach itself does sound ridiculously fun.

Who Do You Trust? is available in exclusive bundles at the band's official online shop.  Papa Roach is currently on a headlining club tour but is setting sail on Shiprocked on January 26 before returning to shore for their tour with Shinedown and Asking Alexandria.  A complete tour itinerary can be found at PapaRoach.com.

This interview can be heard in its entirety below.

Erica Banas is rock/classic rock news blogger that loves the smell of old vinyl in the morning.