Stand Up

Album: Ego Trip (2022)
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Songfacts®:

  • This energetic anthem finds Papa Roach lead singer Jacoby Shaddix giving encouragement to the voiceless. Instead of feeling ground down by all the injustice and hostility, he urges them to stand up against their opponents.

    "'Stand Up' is inspired by the social unrest of marginalized people throughout the world. It's about feeling of wanting to give up when you're backed against the wall. For the ones that have been oppressed for so long that a sense of hopelessness is all they have," he shared. "'Stand Up' is meant to inspire that whisper, that small voice inside that you are worth standing for. Step into empowerment and shake the world with your voice."
  • Papa Roach released "Stand Up" as a single from Ego Trip on January 20, 2022. The track joined previously released album tracks "Dying To Believe," "Kill The Noise" and "Swerve," all pulled from a month-long writing session in Temecula, California, during the 2020 COVID lockdown. "We all locked up in this house down south in a place called Temecula and stayed there for a month and just started writing music," Shaddix recalled on the Danny Wimmer Presents YouTube channel. "And it was like a floodgate opened. And it was, like, 24-7 - literally there was music happening for the better part of 24 hours a day, whether it's editing or engineering or writing or recording or tracking. And by the time we got done with this process at this house, we all left like we were just destroyed."
  • Jason Evigan (Dua Lipa, G-Eazy, Maroon 5) produced the track, creating a bouncing instrumental arrangement to accompany Shaddix' uplifting and motivating lyrics.
  • Papa Roach teased this song on January 16, 2021, almost exactly one year prior to its release. The preview came in the form of a promo for the ESPN's coverage of the mixed martial arts organization UFC.
  • Jacoby Shaddix converted to the Christian faith in 2012 after years of battling alcohol and drug abuse. He took inspiration for the song from his new mindset, as well as becoming a father. "Writing something that has that positive element and almost like a message to myself but also to my kids and to the youth and to the people," he explained to the Terrie Carr of the Morristown, New Jersey radio station 105.5 WDHA. "You've gotta stand up for what you believe is right. And we see people doing that. And we don't always agree on what you're standing up for or what he's standing up for or what she's standing up for, but people wanna be heard; people wanna be recognized and acknowledged and understood."
  • Musically, Papa Roach took three different genres for "Stand Up" and threw them together. "It's like we took hip-hop, we took rock, and then we took pop anthemic vibe and made this amalgamation of a song," said Shaddix.

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