Interview: Papa Roach

Papa Roach are a guilty pleasure for some, a passion for others. Whatever they are to you at Leeds they smashed it and drew in a huge crowd to the main stage mid afternoon. We managed to catch a few minutes with Jerry Horton, Guitarist of Papa Roach (and a cheeky cuddle with Jacobi!)

Pretty much just got off the stage here at Leeds, how did you feel the set went?

Set went great, I hit a couple of sour notes but the crowd was amazing. Once we got into the second song, got them jumping up and down it was great.

How does it feel to be asked to play Leeds?

It is legendary, we’ve done it once before but it has been a long time. I think it was 2001, you know we’ve done a lot of the harder edged festivals and we just wanted to come back and do more of the alternative. Be with bands we haven’t been with in a long time and just do more of the rock stuff. It was great today, and I’m sure Reading is going to be the same. We wanna make sure it isn’t that long before we come back again.

You’ve been working on ‘F.E.A.R’ the new record, happy with it? All done and ready for release?

We are happy with it, it is done. We are just about mixed, and yeah… We did it in Vegas with Kevin, we kind of had the intent of making a heavy record but we don’t have a very good attention span so we kind of just explored some more. So again it is a pretty diverse record but we are very happy with the sound, and the sounds that we got. Jacobi is as honest as always, and I think it is going to be great.

Speed Round

What would you like to be remembered for?

As a band, I would like us to be remembered for our live show and the experiences that people have at our shows because that’s what we love. The memory of the energy exchange is sort of a drug to us, and a lot of our European and UK fans are very loyal and love that about us as well.

Dream dinner guest (dead or alive)?

Anybody? Man! (-Thinks for a very long time-) I would say Henry the VIII, what about that?

Why?

I just wanna know little things, and I really want to know how he was.

How long do you spend in-front of the mirror?

I would say everyday probably a total of four minutes.

Favourite swear word?

It’s going to have to be ‘Fuck’ right?

Best excuse you’ve used to break up with somebody?

I guess maybe “you smoke too much pot.”

Best day of your life?

Best day? I would have to say probably the day I got married.

Worst thing you’ve ever put in your mouth?

Okay so we had in the dressing room what I thought were mints, Tobin actually told me they were mints. Turned out it was a freeze dried Wasabi pea, so I was expecting sweet and refreshing and I got spicy and powdery. It was disgusting!

Last band you went to see live?

I’m going to say Refused, that was at home like- I wasn’t on tour. No wait, Queens of the Stone Age we were in Vegas doing the record and they played in Vegas.

As a child what did you want to be when you grew up?

A bunch of different things. First I wanted to be an Aeronautical Engineer because my Dad was in the air-force. Then I wanted to be an Automotive Engineer, but I sucked at Math. Then I wanted to Rock!

What would you say if you met the Queen?

Wow! I would say,.. There are too many things I would want to say that wouldn’t go over too well! I would say “How does it feel to have people say, God Save You?”

Weirdest moment of your life?

Okay here it is, so I grew up listening to Ministry. Really big fan! And Al Jourgensen came to one of our shows because a couple of people on our crew used to work for them. So he’s one of my heroes, and he had just reportedly just got sober. Well apparently drinking wine is still being sober, for him! So he was on my side of the stage at one of our shows and he was just rocking out like it was his show, and it was between songs and everyone is cheering because he‘s side of shouting “You are a fucking god right now.” And I’m going “This is fucking weird.”

Who would you like to hear cover one of your songs and which song?

I would like to hear…. (on hearing Jacobi singing Arctic Monkeys) I would like to hear Arctic Monkeys cover Last Resort.

Jerry was such a pleasure and a really great guy, he really thought about those speed round answers! Big thanks to Papa Roach and their lovely PR lady Kas. 

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(Photo Credits Jen O’Neil)