In the small Northern California town of Vacaville, four high school friends, Jacoby Shaddix, Jerry Horton, Dave Buckner, and Will James, decided to start a band. In 1993, they became Papa Roach, a band whose influences included prominent Bay Area acts such as Faith No More and Primus. Papa Roach quickly rose to the top of the Vacaville music scene with their blending of hip-hop, groove-funk, and hardcore.
After a couple of years of playing coffeehouses, pizza joints, and keg-parties, they were headlining such places as the Cactus Club in San Jose, the Cattle Club in Sacramento, and the Berkeley Square in Berkeley. Due to the antics of unpredictable Shaddix, and the raw power supplied by the band in live performances, Papa Roach captured the attention of younger audiences. In turn, kids showed their appreciation for the band by faithfully attending all the band's shows. In these early years, Papa Roach was able to support the Deftones on two shows, and have bands such as Incubus, Snot, Far, Human Waste Project, Downset and Fu Manchu open for them.
In the summer of 1996, while realizing athat they had something special, Papa Roach decided to make changes necessary to reach the next level. First, the band replaced bass player Will James because his commitment to church summer camp that would have prevented the band from practicing and playing any shows over the summer. Papa Roach did not have to go far to find their new bass player. Tobin Esperance, who was only 16 years old and who had been a roadie for Papa Roach since age 13, readily became the new bass player. Second, the band hired a manager, Bret Bair, to help them with bookings, promotions, and merchandising. With a new bass player and management in place, Papa Roach decided to enter the studio to record a full-length CD.
"Old Friends From Young Years" was recorded for $700 at E.S.P. Studios in Pittsburg, California, and was subsequently released in February of 1997. The CD contains 13 tracks, including the songs "Orange Drive Palms", and "Liquid Diet". Without any push from the band or management, many smaller independent and college radio stations in Chico, Davis, San Jose, Sacramento, and the Bay Area added Papa Roach to their playlists. To the bands' surprise, Papa Roach charted number one as Cal-State Sacramento's most requested band for five consecutive weeks. Papa Roach celebrated the release of their first album with several CD release shows. The Vacaville CD release show was attended by 700 kids, while CD release shows in Berkeley and Sacramento were attended by 400 and 300 kids, respectively.
Papa Roach's emerging popularity did not escape the eyes and ears of promoters, who started booking the band as a support act on many larger national shows. In March of 1997, Papa Roach played main support to Suicidal Tendencies in front of 1,000 people in Sacramento. They also either headlined or supported many of today's up and coming acts in the aggressive rock genre, including Incubus, Snot, Far, Human Waste Project, (hed) p.e., Sevendust, WIll Haven and Powerman 5000. Papa Roach has also played Southern California on a frequent basis, and is now becoming a regular at such reknowned clubs as the Troubador in Hollywood, and Soma in San Diego.
In April 1998, Papa Roach released "5 Tracks Deep", and E.P. containing five songs which sold 1,000 copies within the first month after its release. This CD exemplifies the natural growth in musicianship and song-writing ability within band since "Old Friends From Young Years" was recorded 18 months earlier. The songs "Revenge in Japanese" is a perfect example of the Papa Roach trademark sound where hip-hop verses lead to a catchy radio-friendly chorus. This results in a song with both energy and emotion that will attract diverse crowds of people.
A Day To Remember:
A Day to Remember took a while to reach acclaim and headlining tour dates, mostly because the band is a true DIY success story. The band worked tirelessly to promote themselves and beg to play concert dates before hitting it big, but all the hard work paid off for this metalcore/pop punk band. "Metalcore slash pop punk?" you may cry. While many bands blend elements of the two into their music, A Day to Remember has both hard, screaming metal songs as well as melodic pop punk songs, all on the same album! After years of playing small concert dates that they painstakingly set up themselves, A Day to Remember is headlining a number of tour dates in 2011, including concert dates with Bring Me the Horizon and a headlining spot on Warped Tour dates in 2011.
The band was formed in 2003 in Ocala, Florida, by Neil Westfall (rhythm guitar), Tom Denney (lead guitar), Joshua Woodard (bass), and Bobby Scruggs (drums), after all being in separate local bands. The group scraped together some songs and embarked on a 200-concert date DIY tour. The band was soon signed to Indianola Records and their debut album, And Their Name Was Treason, was released in 2005.
Shortly after signing with Victory, the band replaced drummer Bobby Scruggs with Alex Shellnutt and headed to the studios to record For Those Who Have Heart. The album was released in January 2007 and broke into indie and newcomer charts almost immediately. With the success of the album, A Day to Remember embarked on a number of mainstream tour dates, including performances at Bamboozle Left and Right in 2008 and concert dates on the 2008 Warped Tour. In 2008, A Day to Remember embarked on a series of concert dates across Australia with Parkway Drive, both bands enjoying the success that hardcore music was bringing them. Even with constant concert dates, the group found time to record their third album, Homesick, released at the end of 2008.
In June 2009, lead guitarist Tom Denney left the band to focus on his family and his burgeoning recording career. Despite being replaced by Kevin Skaff (formerly of label-mate Four Letter Lie), Denney has contributed to A Day to Remember's new material as a writer. Following Denney's departure, A Day to Remember played their first headlining tour dates in September, 2009, joining up with Parkway Drive again on The Pulling Your Pud Tour. A Day to Remember's latest album is What Separates Me From You, released in 2010, which has brought the band even more mainstream success.
After extensively touring in promotion of the album, A Day to Remember performed even more tour dates in 2011 for their What Separates Me From You Tour. A Day to Remember also has a number of concert dates planned for South America starting June 7 and ending on June 12, right before they head back stateside. A Day to Remember will canvass the US with concert dates yet again before ending their 2011 tour dates. With so many chances to catch A Day to Remember with other great metal acts, fans should check Eventful's schedule to see when the band is coming to their area.
Falling In Reverse:
Ronnie Radke (vocals), Nason (Nasty-bass/vocals), Nick (Drums), Anthony (guitar/vocals), and Jacky (guitar).
The Devil Wears Prada:
The Devil Wears Prada is an American Christian metalcore band from Dayton, Ohio, formed in 2005. They are currently signed to Ferret Records. The band derives its name from an anti-materialistic mindset as stated by vocalist Mike Hranica, instead of directly refering to the the novel with the same title.
In 2005, the band released a demo entitled Patterns of a Horizon. Their first full-length album was released on August 22, 2006, entitled Dear Love: A Beautiful Discord, which featured guest vocals from Cole Wallace of Gwen Stacy. A demo song titled "HTML Rulez d00d" was placed on the band's MySpace profile on January 1, 2007. On July 11, absolutepunk.net began to stream their song "Don't Dink and Drance". Their sophomore album Plagues was released subsequently on August 21, 2007. On a recent interview with East Coast Romper, the band states their influences are Underoath and Still Remains, which was mistaken on their official website saying the exact opposite. The band performed a cover for the rap song "Still Fly", originally performed by Big Tymers, the cover song was released on the compilation album Punk Goes Crunk. Mike Hranica, the band's vocalist, also manages a clothing company called Shipshape Roolz Clothing with which he sponsors and endorses bands. Some of Shipshape's scale money goes to charities such as Skate 4 Cancer. The Devil Wears Prada began writing and recording a new album entitled "With Roots Above and Branches Below" after the Warped Tour for a planned release of May 5, 2009. Vocalist, Mike Hranica, stated that they would add a little more production to their new album."Expect a much heavier and more epic record," he stated. Keyboardist , James Baney , also stated that their new album would be more mechanical but still containing their same distinct style whereas drummer , Daniel Williams , stated that the new album would be crazier and wilder than their previous albums. In Autumn 2008, they debuted a new song off their upcoming record while on tour with Underoath, Saosin, The Famine, P.O.S., and Person L.
Last year at Warped Tour, in San Antonio, Texas, before the song "HTML Rulez D00d" was played, a small bird was on the set near the drumset. The entire "bird incident" is captured on the DVD that comes with the re-release of Plagues, as well as Youtube. The Devil Wears Prada are scheduled to tour the US and Canada from March to May with A Day to Remember, Sky Eats Airplane and Emarosa. They are also scheduled to perform at Warped Tour 2009 and will be playing on the entire tour. On March 13, they released a new song entitled Dez Moines along with a new layout on their MySpace. And on March 26, 2009, a song clip entitled "Assistant to the Regional Manager" was leaked onto Youtube. With the pre-order of their new album titled, "With Roots Above And Branches Below", you are given the option to receive several pre-orderd packages. One including a CD/DVD/Shirt deal, also it comes with a card with a code that lets you download two new unreleased songs, "Dez Moines", and "Assistant to the Regional Manager." "With Roots Above And Branches Below" was released May 5, 2009. Since the released date, the sales to the CD have been very satisfactory landing the CD #11 on the Billboard 200 for top albums.
On April 22, 2009, the song "Sassafras" was released on their MySpace page. On the weekend of April 24-26, 2009, the entire album was available for listening to on Shockhound.com before its official scheduled release date on May 5, 2009. The band launched their official website, tdwpband.com on May 5 2009. The website is a paid fan community with access to exclusive content, advance tickets and other member only content. The song "Dez Moines" will also be a free downloadable track for the video game Guitar Hero: World Tour on May 7, as well as the song "Hey John, What's Your Name Again?" for the video game Rock Band 2 on June 30 2009. All 11 songs of their new album, With Roots Above and Branches Below, were released on their MySpace page on Saturday, May 9, 2009. They played at the Main Stage at the 2009 Warped Tour.[when?] They played at the iMatter Festival in Elmira, New York on June 13 and played Danger: Wildman for the first time in concert.