(PCM) Rockers Papa Roach and Seether have provided a rocking start to the New Year by embarking on a co-headlining tour that is packing venues across the country. Bringing along their friends in KYNG and newcomers Islander, we could not have asked for a more solid show to start off the 2015 concert season.
We recently attended the show at the Electric Factory in Philadelphia, PA and despite the frigid temperatures outside the heat was certainly on once these bands took the stage and blasted through their sets pumping out hit after hit as the night raged on.
After blistering sets from both KYNG and Islander, Seether took the stage and played with more energy and enthusiasm than we have seen in them for quite some time. The band is currently on the road in support of the newest album release “Isolate and Medicate”, which is proving to churn out just as many hit singles as the band’s previous releases. The album’s first single “Words As Weapons” tore up the active rock charts and currently the album’s second single “Same Damn Life” is performing much the same.
With an album library that is as extensive as Seether’s we can’t even begin to imagine what goes into crafting their set list, but they managed to span their entire catalog throughout their performance and played just about everything the audience wanted to hear. The audience sing-a-long for “Broken” was incredibly emotional and I was thrilled to hear some of our favorites such as “Gasoline” and “Country Song” again in the live environment.
Vocalist Shawn Morgan sings with such amazing precision, while bassist Dale Stewart and drummer John Humphrey never missed a beat. Seether are certainly starting out 2015 with a performance high note and we highly recommend checking out their set.
Following, Seether’s invigorating performance the audience was amped and ready for Papa Roach to take the stage. If you have never had the chance to witness Papa Roach live then you truly do not know what you are missing. The raw energy and adrenaline that exudes from the stage is intoxicating and we were thoroughly engrossed in the band’s performance from beginning to end.
Vocalist Jacoby Shaddix has a way of commandeering the stage and he along with the rest of the band made up of guitarist Jerry Horton, bassist Tobin Esperance and drummer Tony Palermo strive to provide the audience with the most intensely rocking performance imaginable.
Papa Roach is currently gearing up for the release of their 8th studio album “F.E.A.R. (Face Everything And Rise) which is set for release on January 27th. We also have to note that January 27th just so happens to also mark the 15th anniversary of the band’s debut album “Infest”, so we are sure there are going to be a few celebrations for the band while out on the road.
We have had a chance to give “F.E.A.R” a few spins and without a doubt find that the new album is some of Papa Roach’s strongest material to date. We adore the fact that this band has never made the same album twice and “F.E.A.R” will definitely be a favorite among fans for sure.
Papa Roach’s set list, much like Seether’s consisted of the band churning out hit after hit such as “Getting Away With Murder”, “Between Angels and Insects”, “Broken Home” and of course their mega-hit “Last Resort”.
PCM’s Kristyn Clarke and Renee Winner were able to catch up with Papa Roach guitarist Jerry Horton just prior to the show to discuss the band’s new album, the recording process and more … check out the full interview below:
Photography credit: Mike Sievila