Vice has released a 27-minute mini-documentary bringing into focus the unlikely success of Papa Roach's enduring single, "Last Resort". The track was the band's breakout single from their debut release, Infest.
The album marked it's 20th anniversary last year and since it's 2000 release has gone on to earn triple platinum sales numbers, certified by the Recording Industry Association of America. The album also included successful follow-up singles in "Broken Home", "Blood Brothers" and "Between Angels & Insects".
The film explores the band's earliest days and the eventual rise in popularity, stemming from the success of the band's potent track that offered a raw portrayal of ongoing struggles with mental wellness and suicidal thoughts. Frontman Jacoby Shaddix write the song based on the real-life turmoil he witnessed his close friend Mark, who has since tragically departed. The track would take on added significance later as Shaddix himself endured through his own battles with mental health.
The band celebrated the landmark album and the success of the single last year with a live-streaming performance of the LP in its entirety. Special guests for the broadcast included Deftones’ Chino Moreno, Linkin Park’s Dave Farrell, Korn's Brian “Head” Welch and Synyster Gates of Aveneged Sevenfold. The anniversary event also saw the band reunited fo the first time in 14-years with ex-Papa Roach drummer Dave Bruckner.
Watch the Vice documentary The Story of 'Last Resort' by Papa Roach.