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It’s a funny old world, being a music writer. One minute you’re putting your pyjamas on in your house in Norwich and making a cup of tea, and the next you’re having a good old chinwag with Tobin, bassist from HUGE INTERNATIONAL ROCK STARS Papa Roach over the phone to San Francisco! Amazing. You may remember Papa Roach from their massive hit single Last Resort back in the nineties, their appearances on Eminem’s Anger Management Tours or their charismatic lead singer Jacoby, also known as Coby Dick. They’ve made millions more fans since then, and have never stopped making heart-thumpingly emotional and heavy music. These Californian men have just released their eighth album, F.E.A.R, and are paying a visit to Norwich in March. Just don’t show them photos of your weird fan pillows.


ou’re in the middle of a tour at the moment, on the west coast of the US of A, right?

Yeah we’re working on some music and hanging out backstage; we’ve got a big show tonight in San Francisco. It’s our home team! Te tour’s been great so far. We started off in Florida and then the weather got pretty cold on the east coast, but we’ve had loads of sold out shows and everyone’s killing it on stage. Do you have any memory of your first ever gig back in 1993? I think, if I remember correctly, we played at a backyard party. I borrowed part of the PA from my dad, who was a musician, and I remember someone set their beer on top of the

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PA and it spilled and started frying out. I remember being all bummed out…”Dude! You spilt beer all over my PA!” But that’s really all I remember. It was just one of those wild parties we used to have; we’d make flyers and invite everyone and set up in the backyard and everyone would be wildly drunk. Basically we were trying to make some fun in a small town where there’s not much else to do. Your very first album and first EP’s sold well but when your album Infest sold 300,000 copies in a week did you think you’d then hit the big time? We definitely were pretty naïve at the start. We had no expectations for our

first record at all, we were just excited to be on the Warp tour. We started off playing on this little side stage to about 200 people and we had a shitty old bus. Our single Last Resort came out that week, and three shows into that tour we got a brand new bus, and we were headlining the tour! We were oblivious to the whole thing until we had to leave the Warp tour halfway through because Korn wanted us to go on an arena tour with them. I reckon that’s when shit started blowin’ up! Te first time you came to the UK you played on the main stage at Ozzfest. How did it feel to have such a keen fanbase in a different country

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