Papa Roach is an American rock band from Vacaville, California. Formed in 1993, their first major-label release was the triple-platinum album Infest and they were later joined by lead guitarist Jerry Horton from nearby Vanden High School, trombonist and rhythm guitarist Ben Luther and bass guitarist Homie Will James. They decided to enter the talent show, where they performed a version of Jimi Hendrixs song Fire. In March 1993, Ben Luther left the band, at this point, Papa Roach were practicing every day and touring, playing every gig they could get. Their first tour van was called Moby Dick, where Jacoby was inspired to come up with his first stage name Coby Dick, the bands name comes from Shaddixs step-grandfather, Howard William Roatch, who was nicknamed Papa Roach. Roatch committed suicide in 2006 after he was diagnosed with terminal cancer, the band pays homage to him with The Paramour Sessions and during live performances of the song Roses On My Grave. In 1994, Papa Roach released their first EP titled Potatoes for Christmas, drummer Dave Buckner was temporarily replaced by Ryan Brown, as Buckner was spending the year in Seattle studying art. In 1995, they released a demo at Sound Farm Studios titled Caca Bonita, by this time Buckner was back. As Esperance had been with the band as a roadie for a while, on February 4,1997, the band produced their first full-length album, entitled Old Friends from Young Years. Still touring heavily, they supported bands such as Incubus, Powerman 5000, Hed PE, Snot, Far, Earth, Wind & Fire, in 1998, they released an EP titled 5 Tracks Deep. It sold more than 1,000 copies in its first month of release, in 1999, they produced another EP, which would end up being their last independent release, titled Let Em Know. Its success caught the attention of Warner Music Group, who as part of a development deal provided an amount of money for the production of a five-track promo-demo CD. The band decided they wanted influential rock producer Jay Baumgardner on board to produce the record. ”Warner Bros. was not convinced by the demo, however, and elected not to sign them. The unreleased disc included the songs Infest, Last Resort, Broken Home, Dead Cell, and She Loves Me Not - the first four would later feature on their Infest album, soon after, DreamWorks Records offered the band a recording contract. After signing with DreamWorks Records in October 1999, they entered the studio to record their major-label debut album titled Infest. The album included old songs from their independent releases, these being Infest, Last Resort, Broken Home, Infest was released on April 25,2000, and sold 30,000 copies in its first week of release. In late 2000, they toured the United Kingdom, highlighting how quickly their popularity had spread worldwide, in 2001, the band toured Ozzfest, where they performed on the prestigious main stage, on both the United States and United Kingdom tours. The song Blood Brothers was also featured on the video game Tony Hawks Pro Skater 2
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The previous Papa Roach logo, used from 2006 to 2012.