Papa Roach aren’t about to let touring get in the way of making a new album. So for this summer’s Ozzfest, the Northern California quartet has outfitted a spare bus with enough recording equipment to lay down rough tracks.
“It’s a great opportunity to write music, because you’re in a pretty stimulating environment,” says frontman Coby Dick. “There is pressure to write a good second record, but we’re not trying to rush it.” Dick describes the songs written so far as “definitely bangin’ and groovin’,” and he says they explore serious themes without rehashing past hits such as “Last Resort” and “Broken Home.”
The band plans to record the album – the follow-up to last year’s multi-platinum debut, Infest – in Atlanta or Vancouver. Dick says the new album will be more varied and might even draw on the singer’s chops on clarinet, which he studied through high school. “There’s no reason why we shouldn’t be able to experiment with other things,” he says. “But we ain’t trying to get all Radiohead on you.”