Papa Roach Continue to Infest the Masses: Dreamworks Debut Certified Gold as Album Enters Billboard Top 15
The Hit Single "Last Resort" Impacts Top 10 on Mainstream/Modern Rock Radio Charts, with Top 5 Video on MTV's "TRL"
"Late Night with Conan O'Brien" Performance Set for Friday, July 14 Amid Warped Tour Dates
June 21, 2000 Steady touring and a series of stellar weeks at radio have helped push Papa Roach's DreamWorks Records debut Infest to gold status, just over a month after its April 25 release. As Infest breaks into
the Top 15 on Billboard's Top 200 album chart this week at #12,
SoundScanning over 97,000 copies, it's clear Papa Roach are expanding their
fan base through their intense live show and the success of their first
radio single and video "Last Resort." "The band's roiling rhythms, barbed
riffs and kick-drum-splitting beats take rap rock back to its roots in New
York hardcore punk and D.C. Dischord bands like Fugazi," said Rolling
Stone's Pat Blashill in a review of the album (July 6-20, 2000). He added:
"Rock lyrics are all too rarely this direct and fearless."
"Sometimes you think you're the only one who feels a certain way," says Papa
Roach frontman Coby Dick. "We just want kids to know they're not the only
ones, that a lot of other people feel as bad and depressed and misunderstood
and desperate as they do. We all have the same problems, but we're also all
in this together." "Last Resort" continues to make an impact at mainstream
and modern rock radio as it climbs up to #9 and #7 respectively on the
Bilboard charts. The song is #1 most-requested at KROQ (Los Angeles), Live
105 (San Francisco) KPNT (St. Louis) and KNDD (Seattle), and is receiving
Top 5 phones at WXRK (New York) KXDX (Pittsburgh) and WBCN (Boston).
Meantime, the video for "Last Resort," directed by Marcos Siega (Blink 182,
Sevendust, P.O.D.), debuted on MTV's Total Request Live at #7 its first week
(with a peak TRL position at #5) and remains in rotation on the channel as a
"Buzzclip." The excitement continues as Papa Roach confirms their first
national TV performance on Late Night With Conan O'Brien Friday, July 14.
Elsewhere in the press, the album produced by Jay Baumgardner (System Of A
Down, Coal Chamber, Slipknot) was described by Steve Morse in the Boston
Globe (June 8, 2000) as "a knockout a heavyweight combination of
in-your-face guitar with a rock-rap fusion... The hit is 'Last Resort,' a
remarkable slab of desperation in which Dick complains about emotional
suffocation ('I'm losing my mind... wish somebody would tell me I'm fine'),
but then battles right through it. He fights demon alcohol in 'Binge,'
rails against 'money' and 'possessions' in 'Between Angels and Insects,' and
urges the listener to 'forget your emptiness' and accept that change is a
part of life. The production is superb, while nearly every song gets under
Out on tour since February, P-Roach's Coby Dick (vocals), Jerry Horton
(guitar), Tobin Esperance (bass) and David Buckner (drums) will next head
out on the Vans Warped Tour, launching June 23 in Fresno, CA. And look for
the band to infest cities across the U.S. through the remainder of 2000.
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