Papa Roach and friends rolled up in Norwich this past Sunday to kick off the Face Everything and Rise UK Tour in style! We were lucky enough to catch their set at Reading Festival last year, at which they put the rest of the line up to shame with their energy fuelled barrage of hits and constant jumping – Papa Roach still know how to deliver after all these years. Supporting the veteran American rockers were London based The One Hundred and Japanese metal band Coldrain.
The One Hundred were here to win over new fans as they embarked on their biggest support slot to date. They are on the line-up for Download this summer and just completed a successful set at the ever-growing Takedown Festival, so being associated with Papa Roach can only bring positives to this young London 4-piece. Playing tracks from recent E.P. Subculture, they definitely got the Sunday crowd bouncing. Lead singer Jacob Field effortlessly drifted between throat-shredding screams, straight into hip-hop infused verses, making him stand out from other vocalists in the genre. With the addition of heavy guitar riffs and some electronica in between, there’s no doubt this band are going places.
Next it was time for some metalcore from the Far East as Japan’s Coldrain hit the stage! Huge riffs were thrown in right from the start as every member of the band continued to bang their heads throughout the set. With the recent release of 3rd album The Revelation, these guys are starting to get noticed and they definitely had some loyal fans in the audience. Masoto – like Jacob from The One Hundred, has a distinctive and unique voice. One minute he is shouting the house down in an Austin Carlile (Of Mice & Men) fashion and then suddenly he sings through the choruses in a pitch not too dissimilar to Vic Fuentes of Pierce The Veil. In most cases, bands will have a singer and a shouter, but it’s always impressive to see someone who can do both.
After 22 years, Papa Roach have toured the globe and churned out 8 albums. Though we may not be as keen on the latest album F.E.A.R, partly because their previous 2012 release The Connection was just THAT good, the fans took to the new tracks as if they were the classics.
One of the biggest reasons for Papa Roach’s success, in our opinion, is Jacoby Shaddix. A true Rock and Roll frontman – full of smiles and caring more about people having a good time over anything else, he constantly high fived anyone who stuck a hand out and was a huge hit with the crowd. Three songs in, he was crowd surfing and handed out tongue-in-cheek apologies for standing on everybody’s head. Later in the show, the frontman vanished but was still heard singing clearly over the speaker system. He’d ventured backstage and entered the rear crowd entrance where he surprised the Norwich fans by singing amongst them, before climbing on a railing near the back to perform.
A highpoint for old school fans was the inclusion of album tracks from Infest as the crowd were treated to Thrown Away, followed by the stripped back ska track Tightrope – songs we thought we would never see live. Heading into the encore, the deafening sing-along of Last Resort was a highlight, as was …To Be Loved. They then wrapped up the set perfectly with emo classic Scars before disappearing after more high fives.
Papa Roach never disappoint live and if they were this good on night 1 of their UK tour, then you’re in for a treat if you’re seeing them over the next week, as it will only get bigger and better.