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Tour Bus Playlist: Papa Roach’s favourite tracks

The rockers kick off their UK run in mid-April.

Californian rockers Papa Roach are currently gearing up for a headline run across the UK, including two headline shows at London’s O2 Forum Kentish Town.

Releasing their tenth studio album at the start of the year, the band are celebrating almost two decades since the release of their breakthrough album Infest.

Led by Jacoby Shaddix, the band have dominated the alternative scene with the likes of Last Resort, Scars, Help and their latest album title track Who Do You Trust?.

Having spent much of the past two decades on the road, we caught up with bassist Tobin Esperance and drummer Tony Palermo to find out which songs are soundtracking Papa Roach’s tour bus… and boy, did they deliver.

Check out their extensive selection below as they reveal Beartooth as a backstage warm-up, Sam Fender as one of their ones to watch, and thank The Prodigy’s Keith Flint for his service to music.

Find out much more below, and catch Papa Roach on the following dates across the UK:

13 April 2019 – O2 Guildhall, Southampton
14 April 2019 – The Great Hall, Exeter
15 April 2019 – O2 Academy, Bristol
17 April 2019 – O2 Forum Kentish Town, London
18 April 2019 – O2 Forum Kentish Town, London
21 April 2019 – O2 Academy, Leeds
23 April 2019 – O2 Academy, Newcastle
24 April 2019 – Usher Hall, Edinburgh
25 April 2019 – Aberdeen Music Hall, Aberdeen
27 April 2019 – Nick Rayns LCR UEA, Norwich
28 April 2019 – Rock City, Nottingham
29 April 2019 – O2 Academy, Birmingham


Tobin Esperance – Bass

Yungblud – Loner
“Can’t stop singing it, its so catchy. If he’s the next generation of rock, rock is in good hands.”

X Ambassadors – Boom
“All about the bass line here. The walking tempo when it kicks in is rad, great song.”

Gang of Youths – What Can I Do If The Fire Goes Out
“Super fast drums with the etherial keys and guitars. These dudes are great. Lyrics in this one are great.”

Kina feat Snow – Get You The Moon
“My wife keeps listening to this, she’s got great taste.”

Kenna – Freetime
“My brother Anthony was playing a riff and it reminded of this song. This dude was well ahead of his time, produced by Chad Hugo and Pharrell from Neptunes, so you know it’s sick.”

SAINt JHN – Trap
“Beat is rad. I like this dude’s vibe.”

Thrice – Just Breathe
“Great bass line here, love this band. New record is great.”

Arctic Monkeys – Four Out Of Five
“Great band, love this song. It’s the Arctic Monkeys style, nostalgic but still new.”

j. cole – KOD
“He’s got a great cadence. Love his flow. Excellent beat in this song too.”

Beartooth – Bad Listener
“This we listen to just before we get on stage. Sick head banger to get angry to.”

The 1975 – Sincerity is Scary
“Drag time triplet feel drumbeat, really rad. Nostalgic sound to it too.”

Billie Eilish – Bury a Friend
“This song is so great. Intense spooky kid nursery rhyme meets The Doors’ People Are Strange vibes. It’s awesome.”

He Is Legend – White Bat
“Love this band, glad they’re making music. This song is nasty.”

Sam Fender – Spice
“Best new one out there, found out about him like a month ago when he did a BBC Live Lounge. He’s got a great voice and his EP sounds like it was recorded in a big gorgeous chapel.”

Literally any The Prodigy song
“Everyone is obviously going back to re-discover how great these guys are. They really are and still were ahead of their time. RIP Keith, thanks for sharing your gift with the world for a while.”


Tony Palermo – Drums

Grandson – Blood/Water
“I like the vibe and his use of fucked up sounds.”

Bring Me The Horizon – Why You Gotta Kick Me When I’m Down
“Love the whole direction, the production is future sounding but it also has an immediate feeling.”

Yelawolf – Outer Space
“This one just moves!”

Wraths – Oh God
“Love Jim’s voice from Pennywise and this whole record is raw sounding.”

Good Riddance – Shadows of Defeat
“One of the best in the punk genre. Love the intensity and the message.”

Refused – Rather be Dead
“All around one of my favorite bands for their unique writing style and delivery.”

Quicksand – Fazer
“As soon as I heard this I new I’d be a fan. Love their indie vibe as well as their musicianship.”

Wu-Tang Clan – C.R.E.A.M.
“Smooth jam with some of the most ultimate rapping.”


Catch Papa Roach on the following dates:

13 April 2019 – O2 Guildhall, Southampton
14 April 2019 – The Great Hall, Exeter
15 April 2019 – O2 Academy, Bristol
17 April 2019 – O2 Forum Kentish Town, London
18 April 2019 – O2 Forum Kentish Town, London
21 April 2019 – O2 Academy, Leeds
23 April 2019 – O2 Academy, Newcastle
24 April 2019 – Usher Hall, Edinburgh
25 April 2019 – Aberdeen Music Hall, Aberdeen
27 April 2019 – Nick Rayns LCR UEA, Norwich
28 April 2019 – Rock City, Nottingham
29 April 2019 – O2 Academy, Birmingham

Remaining tickets for Papa Roach’s UK dates are available now through Ticketmaster.co.uk.

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