PAPA ROACH drummer Tony Palermo spoke to Germany’s Metal-Heads.de earlier this week about the group’s brand new song “Geronimo”, which he and his bandmates have been previewing on their current European tour.
“Well, it’s so new that it’s not even finished yet in the studio,” Tony said (see video below). “But we’re just playing a little verse-chorus-type thing. It’s definitely its own little vibe.
“I think the lyrics are basically [about PAPA ROACH singer] Jacoby [Shaddix] growing up and looking for stuff to do in a small town.
“Like I said, it’s not really finished yet, but we just play a little bit of it. I don’t even know if he has all the lyrics written, but he has enough of ’em just to do what we’re doing.”
Palermo also confirmed that PAPA ROACH has already been in the studio writing and recording material for the follow-up to this year’s “Crooked Teeth” album.
“We basically finished ‘Crooked Teeth’, and at the beginning of the year, we had a tour cancel on us, so we had to… We couldn’t just go out and book a tour; it takes time,” he explained. “So we thought, ‘What better time to continue the creative process with our producers, Nick [Nicholas ‘Ras’ Furlong] and Colin [‘Doc’ Brittain].’ So we went back in the studio right after we finished the last record, ‘Crooked Teeth’, and got about five or six songs down, demoed out.”
Regarding the musical direction of the brand new PAPA ROACH songs, Palermo said: “They’re definitely more in the bouncy, riffy era of PAPA ROACH.
“It’s a great start to creating some new music again, even though [‘Crooked Teeth’] is still new,” he continued. “So it feels good that we have somewhat half a record already written. But that’s not to say that those are gonna all make the record, because that’s determined at a later time. But we’ve already had fun writing some of the newer stuff — like, new-new.”
“Crooked Teeth” was released on May 19 via Eleven Seven Music.