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"Cut my life into pieces,
This is my last resort,
No breathing,
Don't give a fuck if I cut my arm, bleeding"
"Last Resort", Infest

Papa Roach is a rock band that was formed in 1993 in Vacaville, California. Lead singer Jacoby Shaddix and drummer Dave Buckner met on the Vacaville High School football field during an intense match, where the two ended up talking about music. They were later joined by trombonist Ben Luther and bass guitarist Will James. Soon after trombonist Ben Luther was replaced by lead guitarist Jerry Horton from nearby Vanden High School. Horton was introduced to the band through his girlfriend, who was a fan. However, Jerry was at first apprehensive about joining the band because Jacoby, Buckner, and Will all went to different high schools. The band's name comes from Shaddix's step-grandfather, Howard William Roatch, who was nicknamed Papa Roach. Roatch committed suicide in 2006 after he was diagnosed with terminal cancer.

In February 1997, the band released their first album of Nu Metal, Old Friends from Young Years. Later in 2000, they released their major-label debut album titled Infest. The first single from the album was "Last Resort" which was a big hit and still receives high radio play to this day. Infest was followed by 2002's Lovehatetragedy. In 2004 the band departed from the Nu-Metal sound to Alternative Rock with Getting Away With Murder. The album's singles were big hits with "Getting Away With Murder" and "Scars". The Paramour Sessions was released in 2006 and the album's first single "...To Be Loved" was the theme for WWE Raw from 2006 to 2009.

Metamorphosis was released in 2009 and followed by The Connection in 2012 which brought back some Nu-Metal elements. F.E.A.R. was released in 2015, with Crooked Teeth following in 2017.


  • Jacoby Shaddix - lead vocals (since 1993)
  • Jerry Horton - guitars, backing vocals (since 1993)
  • Tobin Esperance - bass, programming, backing vocals (since 1996)
  • Tony Palermo – drums (since 2007)

Former members:

  • Ben Luther - trombone (1993)
  • Anne Mikolajcik - guitar (1993)
  • Will James - bass, backing vocals (1993-1996)
  • Dave Buckner - drums (1993-1994, 1994-2007)
  • Ryan Brown - drums (1994) (temporarily replaced Buckner as the latter was attending college)


  • Old Friends from Young Years (1997)
  • Infest (2000)
  • Lovehatetragedy (2002)
  • Getting Away with Murder (2004)
  • The Paramour Sessions (2006)
  • Metamorphosis (2009)
  • The Connection (2012)
  • F.E.A.R. (Face Everything And Rise) (2015)
  • Crooked Teeth (2017)
  • Who Do You Trust? (2019)
  • Ego Trip (2022)

Cut my tropes into pieces/This is my last resort:

  • Hell Is That Noise: During the song "Thrown Away", when Jacoby "loses his marbles", he makes the most ungodly scream ever made by a human being.
  • In Your Nature to Destroy Yourselves: Their song "Blood Brothers" repeats this line throughout.
  • Intercourse with You: "I Almost Told You That I Loved You"
  • Long-Runner Line-up: They have had 2 examples, both of which qualify as Type 2.
  • Metal Scream: Several examples, "Where Did the Angels Go" gets special mention.
  • New Sound Album: With the release of Getting Away with Murder, the band went from nu-metal to alternative rock. Although 2012's The Connection had Jacoby bringing back raps in some songs along with some more experimental sounds.
    • Who Do You Trust? has the band shifting to a pop-rock sound.
  • Revenge: It doesn't get much more vengeful than "Burn".
  • Scary Teeth: The album cover of Crooked Teeth, of course.
  • Sex, Drugs, and Rock & Roll: Jacoby Shaddix has had many issues with alcohol over the years.
  • Start of Darkness: In Last Resort, the protagonist says:
    "It all started when I lost my mother. No love for myself and no love for another."
  • Shout-Out: "Between Angels and Insects" is based on the greed theme of Fight Club. The music video includes similar effects used in the movie.