To write the songs on their current CD “Metamorphosis,” the members of Papa Roach returned to the unique setting where the band created its 2006 CD, “The Paramour Sessions.”
That CD was named after the Los Angeles mansion — the Paramour — where the band wrote and recorded that previous album.
The mansion-turned-studio has gained a reputation for what might be gently described as its atmosphere. The 14-bedroom house was once owned by silent movie star Antonio Moreno and oil heiress Daisy Canfield. After dying in an auto accident in 1933, Canfield was buried on the property, and some musicians who have used the Paramour say it’s haunted.
In an interview on the “Gauntlet” Web site, for instance, former Papa Roach drummer Dave Buckner said during the making of “The Paramour Sessions,” the band heard footsteps and people singing in the house, while doors would open and close by themselves.
But as Papa Roach singer Jacoby Shaddix noted in a recent phone interview, at least in writing the songs for “Metamorphosis,” the mood in the Paramour was more settled, if for no other reason than some changes in the lives of the band members.
“This time in the Paramour there was a lot more peace amongst the band, I mean, personal and in between each other,” Shaddix said. “When we made ‘The Paramour Sessions,’ it was a tumultuous time for the band. Everybody was in chaos. Dave Buckner was going through a divorce, (guitarist) Tobin (Esperance) was falling in love with another woman and he was splitting up with his ex-lady. Me, I’m a alcoholic addict. We were all just in personal chaos. That was ‘The Paramour Sessions.’ And it was a little more stable this time, which was a trip.”