Originating from Vacaville, Northern California, USA, Papa Roach established themselves alongside major nu metal bands such as Korn and Limp Bizkit with the release in 2000 of their major label debut, Infest. The band was formed in 1993 by high school friends Coby Dick (Jacoby Shaddix, 28 July 1976, Mariposa, California, USA; vocals), Dave Buckner (b. 29 May 1976, Los Angeles, California, USA; drums) and Will James (bass), with Jerry Horton (b. 19 March 1975, Dixon, California, USA; guitar) joining shortly afterwards. The quartet named themselves after Shaddixs grandfather, and adopted the cockroach as an abiding symbol of resilience and longevity. Demonstrating the influence of Faith No More and Rage Against The Machine, Papa Roach became a popular attraction on the Northern Californian music scene, their powerful live shows and tortured lyrics attracting a loyal, young fanbase.
The bands debut mini-album Potatoes For Christmas,...
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