Papa Roach is an American rock band from Vacaville, California. Formed in 1993, their first major-label release was the triple-platinum album Infest (2000). The group’s success continued with their gold album Lovehatetragedy (2002), their platinum album Getting Away with Murder (2004), The Paramour Sessions (2006), Metamorphosis (2009), Time for Annihilation (2010), The Connection (2012), and F.E.A.R. (2015). Papa Roach has sold more than 20 million album copies worldwide and are known for their songs “Last Resort”, “Between Angels and Insects”, “She Loves Me Not”, “Getting Away with Murder”, “Scars”, “Forever”, “Lifeline”, and “Face Everything and Rise”. Their eighth studio album, Crooked Teeth, was released on May 19, 2017. The first single from the album, “Help”, topped the Billboard Mainstream Rock Songs chart in April 2017.
Papa Roach’s formation began in January 1993, when lead singer Jacoby Shaddix and drummer Dave Buckner met on the Vacaville High School football field. They were later joined by lead guitarist Jerry Horton from nearby Vanden High School, trombonist Ben Luther and bassist Will James. They decided to enter the school’s talent show, performing a version of Jimi Hendrix’s song “Fire”. They ultimately ended up losing the talent show. In March 1993, Ben Luther left the band. At this point, Papa Roach was practicing every day and touring, playing every gig they could get. Their first tour van was called Moby Dick, where Jacoby was inspired to come up with his first stage name “Coby Dick”. The band chose the name Papa Roach from the nickname of Shaddix’s step-grandfather, Howard William Roatch. Roatch committed suicide in 2006 after he was diagnosed with terminal cancer. The band paid homage to him with The Paramour Sessions and during live performances of the song “Roses On My Grave”.