Jacoby Shaddix Of Papa Roach Embraces Their Nu-Metal Past

“I love being one of the forefathers of nu metal, that’s f—ing dope,” says the Papa Roach frontman.

Metal Hammer caught up with Jacoby Shaddix, likely in connection with their ‘The 100 Greatest Songs of the Century (Er… So Far)’ issue. We gotta think “Last Resort” ranks pretty high on that list, right?

When asked to reveal one of Papa Roach’s epic failures, Shaddix talked about the critical reception for their Infest follow-up:

“In the critics’ eyes, our second [major label] album, Lovehatetragedy [2002], was an epic failure. But I look back on it very fondly. It was a necessary record to make to continue to build our identity. We felt like we were being pigeon-holed as a one-trick pony, and we felt there was so much more to our band than the nu metal tag. I love being one of the forefathers of nu metal, that’s f—ing dope, but we’ve been able to outlive it and celebrate it at the same time.”

Shaddix also expressed gratitude to the band’s diehard fans these past twenty years. Greatest Hits Vol.2 – The Better Noise Years arrives March 19, and Shaddix will appear in the upcoming film The Retaliators which features their track “The Ending”.

Also, just in case you were wondering, System Of A Down’s “Chop Suey” topped that list. Get a sneak peek here.