Californian rockers PAPA ROACH filmed a video for the title track of their eighth studio album "F.E.A.R. (Face Everything And Rise)", this past weekend. PAPA ROACH guitarist Jerry Horton described the experience as "tiring, painful, and dry, but totally worth it!" He added: "I can't wait for you to see [it]."
PAPA ROACH frontman Jacoby Shaddix co-directed the "F.E.A.R. (Face Everything And Rise)" video, for which he also came up with the concept. He told DutchScene: "Me and my partner from Luminous Pictures [Ezio Lucido, which] is another endeavor I'm involved in — it's a filmmaking company, but also we do music videos — this will be the first music video that I co-direct."
He continued: "It's pretty cool, man, 'cause the band is trusting me to co-direct this music video, which is the first time we've done something like this. And I've been trying to encourage Jerry… Jerry is going to shoot the photography for the album cover. And so, it's, like, we just kind of wanna take everything back into our hands instead of going, 'OK, cool. I wanna hear your interpretation.' Well, no. I wanna visually let you see what's in my heart when I'm creating this music."
Horton said in an interview conducted last month at England's Reading festival that he will be publishing a book of his own photography in the near future. Horton explained, "It's in the works. I enjoy photography on an amateur level and being fortunate enough to travel everywhere, I wanna take advantage of it."
Horton added, "I don't necessarily have any sort of focus on any one particular thing; I just shoot whatever strikes me — landscapes, portraits — and somebody within our camp said, 'You need to do something with this stuff.' So we're gonna try and put out a book."
Horton also spoke about the recording process for "F.E.A.R.", revealing that the band worked with two producers, Kevin Churko and Kevin's son Kane, saying, "We did the first five songs with Kevin, the dad, and then the last seven with the son, because [Kevin] had a prior engagement with IN THIS MOMENT… It was a different sort of workflow, but we got into it and it was cool. And I think we came out with some really good stuff."
The follow-up to 2012's "The Connection", "F.E.A.R." was recorded in Las Vegas, with Horton saying, "It was incredibly dry. Each one of us had humidifiers in our bedrooms. We felt our skin cracking."
Shaddix told Kerrang! magazine that "F.E.A.R." is "probably the most positive record we've written," adding, "There's obviously been an element of hope within the despair of the music that we write, and I think that that's always key, and that's very important to what we do, is to always have that element of hope, and that's laced throughout the record."
Shaddix, a recovering alcoholic and drug user, said he was nervous about camping out in Las Vegas during the recording sessions for the new album. He explained, "I've been sober for a few years now, and it was just, like, 'All right, how am I gonna go to Vegas and stay focused?' And I just had to put my spiritual armor on and just go out there and do my best to be creative."
Shaddix described the new album as "all things good PAPA ROACH — it's big, banging riffs, it's a very guitar-heavy record . . . It spans across the board, from heavy to reflective, to just in your face, out of control. It's just everything that we believe is great about PAPA ROACH."