Kick In The Teeth

Album: Time For Annihilation (2010)

Songfacts®:

  • This is the first single to be taken from California rock band Papa Roach's 2010 album, Time For Annihilation. The release features eleven live tracks and five brand new songs, including this cut. Frontman Jacoby Shaddix explained: "We've always wanted to capture the energy of our live shows but didn't want to do the same old thing that most bands do, so we decided to put five brand new studio tracks on the record along with some of our favorites from the road and we are really proud of the final result. As a band, we always push ourselves to evolve musically and pride ourselves on putting on an entertaining and explosive live show. Time For Annihilation captures both these elements and delivers the true essence of Papa Roach."
  • In an interview with The Skunk No. 5, Papa Roach guitarist Jerry Horton revealed that the album title seemed natural, it being the band's huddle chant before each show. It is also a lyric quote from their 2006 track "Crash."
  • This is one of five new songs on the record. Shaddix told CMU how they created the quintet of fresh tunes: "This time, we went home to Sacremento and camped out at our Red House studio and laid down our original ideas for the new songs. Then we went to New Jersey to record the tracks with David Bendeth, who thought our ideas were cool but wanted to expand on them and 'make them great.' Which was definitely challenging for me as an artist, because that's hard to hear! But it pushed us and we managed to evolve the sound, and it allowed us to discover the rock n roll band inside us. We played around with different beats, loops, sequences and just ended up going in a new direction."
  • Shaddix explained the song's meaning to FMQB: "That song is basically saying, 'What doesn't kill me makes me stronger.' No matter how hard life gets, or whatever arrows get throw at you, you're going to be all right. This too shall pass. For me that song is about a lot of my issues in my personal life and also over the years what the band has been through… different record companies, different presidents at the same record company, presidents that have gotten our CD and thrown it across the room and said, 'What the hell am I going to do with this dead band?' We've been through a lot of adversity both professionally and personally, so that's what that song is about."

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