Papa Roach premiered a new music video this week — but the clip, for a song called “Come Around,” included in the band‘s 2019 album Who Do You Trust?, is much more than just a promo advertisement for the band’s latest record.
The video was put together from footage shot at the band’s concert in New York on August 11, and features Mark Moreno, a Papa Roach fan who has followed the band intensely since 2000. It tells an emotional story of the connection he’s formed with the band’s music over the years, and ends with a surprise he won’t ever forget.
There are many things that are inescapable in life, no matter how successful, rich or “happy” you may be. Whether manifesting itself in losing loved ones to scourges like cancer, to personal battles with anxiety, depression and mental health issues, it hits everybody. Unfortunately, these are universal issues that span the whole of human existence.
Papa Roach front man Jacoby Shaddix knows all about this, as he’s used his music as a healing tool ever since forming in Northern California in the late 1990s. The band’s breakout album, 2000’s Infest, featured songs dealing with family instability, depression, spousal abuse, drug abuse and self harm, among other topics.
As Papa Roach has cultivated a worldwide audience, existing well past the expiration date of the “nu-metal” scene with which they emerged, the band has achieved a connection with its fan base, in part due to Shaddix’s lyrics, the cathartic nature of the band’s music and the mentality that help is out there, if you need it. And if you have somebody in your life who needs help, you should give it to them.
“We knew ‘Come Around’ was one of those special songs when we got done with it,” he said of the song “Come Around” in a statement. “We walked away from the track and kept humming the melody to it, and it’s just one of those things that gets stuck in your head. Lyrically, this track’s about sticking with your friend through thick and thin, or your loved one, as they’re spiraling out.”
As we’ve seen in the not-too distant past with the untimely suicides of Linkin Park front man Chester Bennington and Chris Cornell of Audioslave/Soundgarden, the struggle is universal, and can feel overpowering.
Being there for each other when we need it can go a long way.
Papa Roach recently finished a big headline tour and will go out soon with Shinedown and Asking Alexandria on a fall run:
September 17 – Roanoke, VA – Berglund Center^
September 19 – Bristow, VA – Jiffy Lube Live^
September 20 – Albany, NY – Times Union Center^
September 21 – Atlantic City, NJ – Mark G Etess Arena*
September 24 – Laval, Canada – Place Bell^
September 25 – Québec, Canada – Videotron Center^
September 27 – Buffalo, NY – KeyBank Center^
September 28 – University Park, PA – Bryce Jordan Center^
September 29 – Toledo, OH – Huntington Center^
October 1 – Grand Rapids, MI – Van Andel Arena^
October 2 – La Crosse, WI – La Crosse Center^
October 4 – Evansville, IN – Ford Center Martin Luther King^
October 5 – Springfield, MO – JQH Arena^
October 6 – Mankato, MN – Mankato Civic Center^
October 8 – Bismarck, ND – Bismarck Event Center^
October 9 – Winnipeg, Canada – Bell MTS Place^
October 11 – Edmonton, Canada – Edmonton Convention Centre^
October 12 – Dawson Creek, Canada – Encana Events Centre^
October 13 – Calgary, Canada – Stampede Corral Arena^
October 15 – Penticton, Canada – South Okanagan Events Centre^
October 16 – Abbotsford, Canada – Abbotsford Centre^
October 18 – Kennewick, WA – Toyota Center^
October 19 – Boise, ID – Taco Bell Arena^
November 30 – Mexico City, Mexico – Knotfest Mexico