Stone Sour & Papa Roach

Stone Sour & Papa Roach

Otherwise

Wed, January 23, 2013

Doors: 6:00 pm / Show: 7:00 pm

Terminal 5

New York, NY

$30.50 advance / $35.50 day of show

This event is all ages

Stone Sour
Stone Sour
Stone Sour don't play it safe on their fourth offering, House of Gold & Bones — Parts 1 & 2.

House of Gold & Bones Parts 1 & 2 is a collection of 23 tracks that follow an immersive, linear storyline. Part one – the first eleven songs – will be released on October 23, 2012. Part two will be released next year, completing the story. The songs set the tone and follow the action, but House Of Gold & Bones is an experience across all media - the videos, the online presence, the album packaging, the live show, and even a graphic novel will all follow, and expand on, the story. It's a lofty undertaking, but Stone Sour have never shied away from a challenge. With them, it's par for the course.

The gold-selling Iowa hard rock outfit has sold over four million albums worldwide over the course of three full-length releases. Their self-titled debut and sophomore effort Come What(ever) May both exceeded Gold status, while 2010's Audio Secrecy debuted at #6 on the Billboard Top 200. Their arsenal includes number one singles such as "Through Glass", "Say You'll Haunt Me", and "Bother", and three Grammy Award nominations. Given those accomplishments, it'd be easy for the band—Corey Taylor [Vocals], James Root [Guitar], Josh Rand [Guitar], and Roy Mayorga [Drums]—to tread the same ground with very successful results. But they completely flip the globe on it's axis this time around.

"To us, this was bigger than just a collection of songs," says Rand. "We wanted to do something really special, and it started when Corey told us about the concept. There was a big mission, and everything tied in from the story to the music. We all put a lot into this, and everybody contributed immensely."

"At the end of the day, if you're not risking it all, you're not gaining anything," Taylor affirms. "There's a whole musical realm I haven't even tackled yet. I've never been into writing the same shit over and over again. The minute I get bored is the minute I bail. It was exciting to be neck-deep in the creation of House of Gold and Bones, knowing we were pushing the boundaries of what we'd done before."

The band began pushing those boundaries as soon as they entered Soundfarm Studios in Jamaica, Iowa with producer David Bottrill [Tool, Muse, Staind] in early 2012. After he and Root finished up on the road with Slipknot, Taylor holed himself up at home and recorded 15 demos, also penning the story of House of Gold & Bones during an extremely creative spell (Taylor's debut book "Seven Deadly Sins" was released last year, and is an international bestseller). The musicians worked out a skeleton for the songs so they could collectively begin the recording process with a clear and direct vision. Then, Bottrill helped them hone everything even further into the 23 songs comprising the record in only three months.

Rand adds, "In the world of Pro Tools, everything can be perfect. We didn't want that. We wanted a live, natural feel with the organic sound of the instruments intact. David was able to capture exactly what went to tape. He got the best out of us, and it was amazing to watch him do that. I don't know of any other producer who could get the same results in the timeframe we had."

"In my eyes, David was custom-made for this project," enthuses Taylor. "I knew he would help us trim the fat and get to the essence of the songs. I also knew he'd push us performance-wise to go above and beyond anything we had ever done before in a short span of time. He immediately got it, and he was born to make these two albums."

Not only was it Stone Sour's first time collaborating with Bottrill, they welcomed legendary Skid Row bassist Rachel Bolan into the fold to record with them. Bolan also shared their vision anddove headfirst into the world of House of Gold and Bones wholeheartedly.

Taylor reveals, "I've been a Skid Row fan since I was young. They were actually one of my first favorite bands. We met Rachel on the last Stone Sour tour. One night, Josh, Roy and I were sitting at my kitchen table, and Josh brought him up to play bass. We thought it was perfect, and I called him that night. It was fate he could do it, and he schooled it."

This journey commences with the double salvo of "Gone Sovereign" and the first single "Absolute Zero." During the former, a guttural riff grooves through a dead soundscape before snapping into incendiary thrash as Taylor's voice commands with a vicious scream. Not to mention, there's some scorching fretwork from Rand and Root.

"It's such a one-two punch right out of the gate," says the vocalist. "It's unrelenting. 'Gone Sovereign' is different from anything we've ever done, but it's reminiscent of music we grew up listening to. It has that gutter punk, old school thrash vibe. It's the overture. It sets the tone for what you're about to be put through."

"Absolute Zero" which roars with a rousing anthemic refrain that's as potent as it is poetic. "It's the anti-hero anthem," Taylor reveals. "The main character, The Human, puts it all on the plate and declares, 'This is what I am. There's no reason for you to assume anything.' It's a character study for the 'Hero' of the story. This sets the scene for where this person is when he finds himself in this fantastic world. It's the ramp for Evel Knievel to jump off of."

Listeners are jumping into an immersive world here. The band prefaced the record with an interactive "Scavenger Hunt" that unlocked the cover and the first two songs on the official House of Gold and Bones web site, whererecord secrets will continually be uncovered. Taylor is currently prepping a graphic novel to go along with it.

As for the story itself, it sees the protagonist at a physical and philosophical crossroads faced with weighty decisions that will impact whether or not he wakes from the dream in which he's trapped. To a degree, it reflects a crossroads the writer himself stood at.

"There's a good chunk of the album that's autobiographical," admits Taylor. "It's been a long road for me trying to get from being this youthful crazy person to this more mature crazy person. There are all of these twists and turns that come along with getting your shit together. At the same time, I never use a name in the story. I wanted to reinforce the mirror effect where you read it and can see yourself in it."

Rand leaves off, "There's a thrill in doing something completely unpredictable. This is our next evolution."

"It's not just another level," concludes Taylor. "It's a different level. We're looking at everything from a three-dimensional standpoint. House Of Gold & Bones feels ready to explode."
Papa Roach
Papa Roach
“This record is about all the connections I have in my life,” says Jacoby Shaddix,
frontman for Papa Roach. “It’s what I feel with my band, with music, with myself, with
friends and with our fans when we come together. When we connect, we all become
something greater.”
Which helps explains The Connection, the title of Papa Roach’s seventh album and first
full-length studio record for Eleven Seven Music. It's a remarkably modern record that
both solidifies the hard rock group’s signature sound – big choruses, loud guitars, raw
introspection – while sonically taking a great leap ahead.
Exploring new musical territory is nothing new for the California band (rounded out by
Jerry Horton, Tobin Esperance and Tony Palermo), which over the course of almost
two decades has released an impressively diverse string of Gold, Platinum and Multi-
Platinum records, starting with 2000’s Infest (featuring their breakout single “Last
Resort”) through 2009’s top 10 album Metamorphosis. In that time, Papa Roach has
racked up dozens of hits, including “She Loves Me Not,” “Getting Away with Murder,”
“Scars,” “…To Be Loved,” “Forever,” “Lifeline” and “Kick in the Teeth."
The only thing those songs have in common? A refusal to stand put and play it safe.
“I look back on this band's history, and we’ve changed so much,” says Esperance, Papa
Roach's bassist. “We’ve gone from spastic punk rock kids to grown men with kids,
families, wives, from no money to big hits to battling addiction. We’ve done it all
together, and we’re still changing, still evolving and figuring it out -- lyrically and
musically.”
Interestingly, The Connection ended up a far different record than was originally
envisioned. “The theme of the record is that I’m fucked up and getting my life back
together,” explains Shaddix. “I didn’t originally want to write about all the dark stuff
going on in my life – I wanted to be positive and uplifting. But our producer [James
Michael] was like “write what’s going on in your life. It’s falling apart? Write about it!
That’s why this album is so personal and dark.”
"Working with James was really, really cool," adds Horton. "He's a great musician and
understands not just how to write a song, but he always got where we were coming from
and what the main staples of our sound are."
While dealing with tumultuous personal issues, the band also wanted to test new waters.
“We're always inspired by new sounds,” says Esperance. “We wanted to add some
electronics and do something really exciting with that. It’s a natural progression.”
“Tobin loves hard electronic music,” adds Shaddix. “And if one person is passionate in
this group, the rest of us will go along on that ride. And I think it's catapulting us into this
fourth dimension of rock music, pushing our boundaries wider and farther.”
Recorded over several months at the band's Sacramento-based home studio -- The Red
House, their first full-length album recorded there -- with producer James Michael, The
Connection does embrace a strong digital element, while never losing site of the band’s
ferocious energy. "We were able to take our time on this record, and in terms of progress
in the band's career, I think it's a leap forward for us," says Palermo.
Tracks on The Connection range from fast 'n furious (“Where Did the Angels Go”) to
moody and introspective (“As Far As I Remember”), touching on melodic alt-rock
(“Breathe You In”) and even a few nods to the group’s hip-hop past in “Won't Let Up”
and the first single, the John Feldmann-produced “Still Swingin'.”
“[Swingin'] was the last song we made for the record,” says Shaddix. “It’s about
overcoming your largest obstacle/mountain/hurdle. We wanted a song to encapsulate that
spirit, something so fiery and with a sense of 'I’m still alive.' And we made it the first
track, this positive energy, before leading you down a rather dark hole.”
Despite the grim themes of the record – from the battleground imagery in “Leader of the
Broken Hearts” to recounting the painful dissolution of Shaddix’s relationship in
“Walking Dead,” an air of determination fills the record. “It’s really about, if I can come
out of all this pain and to the other side, anyone can,” says Shaddix.
The band will release the record this fall and tour extensively, including a stint on this
summer’s Rockstar Energy Drink Uproar Festival. And it's on the road where the band
recognizes its music is actually, as the album title suggests, making the biggest
connection.
“I love what we have with our audience,” says Shaddix. “Papa Roach is four people who
come together to make this bigger thing, and our fans become a part of that. It just gets
bigger, and then it goes around the world. The connection music makes – it’s fucking
magical.”
Otherwise
Otherwise
Las Vegas will always be the city of sin, but it means a lot more to OTHERWISE.
While the rest of us go there to let off steam, roll the dice and enjoy the eye candy, OTHERWISE grew up in the shadows of all the bright lights and broken dreams. Las Vegas is their home, and it's where they've lived life, faced death, and climbed the mountain of trials and tribulations that have become True Love Never Dies, their debut album for Century Media Records.
"We weren't as aggressive when my brother and I first started jamming, but then things started to happen – people died, relationships ended and life got more real," says OTHERWISE frontman Adrian Patrick. Despite being raised in a tight-knit family, Adrian only started playing music with his brother – guitarist Ryan Patrick – a few short years ago. "Our writing was a lot simpler when we started, but as circumstances forced us to grow up, our music matured with us. Tragedies and loss are part of life, and our music is one of the ways we maintain a positive outlook despite the setbacks."
Nowhere is that more evident than on the band's breakthrough single, "Soldiers." The song began as a metaphor for the battle that unsigned bands go through to get their message heard as artists, then quickly transformed into an anthem for everyone living on the front-lines of life. "When I started writing the lyrics, I was staring at my bandmates and thinking that they are my brothers in arms," says the singer. "It was going to be our anthem, but by the time I finished I realized it was an anthem for our whole nation. We are all soldiers fighting for something, whether it's to put food on the table, to be heard, or just to be happy. Every soldier is human, and we're all human."
Already hailed by Fox News as the No. 1 unsigned band in America, "Soldiers" became the song that brought the local Vegas rockers to the national spotlight. Hand-picked to perform alongside Avenged Sevenfold and Five Finger Death Punch on the mainstage of the inaugural 48 Hours Festival in October 2011, MTV Headbangers Ball host and Sirius XM DJ Jose Mangin was so impressed by OTHERWISE that he immediately added "Soldiers" into rotation on Sirius XM's Octane channel.
In a matter of weeks, the track reached the top of Octane's charts, the single sold more than 10,000 units independently, and Las Vegas' best-kept secret was making tremors at a national level. They signed with Century Media Records in December, began recording their debut album with acclaimed producer Jay Baumgardner [Godsmack, Bush, Papa Roach, Seether, Sevendust, P.O.D.] at his NRG Studios in January, and in February embarked on their first national tour as a band, opening for Pop Evil.
"Soldiers" is the first time America is hearing OTHERWISE, but it's not the first time they're hearing Adrian Patrick, who was the featured male vocalist on the In This Moment single "The Promise," from the band's 2010 album A Star-Crossed Wasteland. Patrick was asked to record a scratch vocal for the song, so producer Kevin Churko could shop the track to more established vocalists... However, the results were so good his vocals ended up making the final cut, and his duet with In This Moment frontwoman Maria Brink was promoted and performed on each date of 2010's Mayhem Tour. "Ryan and I followed Mayhem around in our Mom's decade-old minivan," says Adrian, who hit the road with his brother and put 17,000 miles on the vehicle, paying for gas by walking into the crowd and selling CDs on every date of the tour. "We had to send the van off to a junkyard right before Thanksgiving – I had a lump in my throat."
OTHERWISE aren't the first band to put their blood, sweat and tears into their music, but they are the only band who could have made True Love Never Dies – the 11-track debut is a testament to their perseverance in the face of adversity, and a living, breathing tribute to their cousin, who died shortly before they signed with Century Media. "Our cousin had those words tattooed on his neck, so now we're holding onto that idea, and the belief that true love never dies," explains Ryan of the album title.
On an album ripe with anthems, "Scream Now" and "Vegas Girl" are arena ready - the first a call to arms for everyone to scream out in unison (for loved ones, lost ones and life), while the latter is a testimonial of sorts – not pointed at any one girl in particular, but definitely targeting a particular "type" of girl. One of the album's more emotional moments is "1000 Pictures (I Don't Apologize)." "We wrote that song one night in Hollywood," says Ryan, "the chords came, the melodies came, heartbreak came right after... and the lyrics were written. It's an anthem for the heartbroken."
"When we look back at the songs and their subject matter, calling the album True Love Never Dies was very fitting," says Adrian. "We've worked really hard to get to this point, and this album is proof that hard work, perseverance, and a little bit of talent can take you a long way." Adds his brother Ryan, "we're at the foot of Everest now – we've been climbing the small desert hills in Vegas, now it's time for the mountain..."
Venue Information:
Terminal 5
610 W 56th St
New York, NY, 10019
http://www.terminal5nyc.com/