Help (Papa Roach song)

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"Help"
Single by Papa Roach
from the album Crooked Teeth
ReleasedFebruary 17, 2017 (2017-02-17)
FormatDigital download
Recorded2016
GenreRock[1]
Length3:34
LabelEleven Seven
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)
Papa Roach singles chronology
"Gravity"
(2015)
"Help"
(2017)
"American Dreams"
(2017)
Music video
"Help" on YouTube

"Help" is a single by American rock band Papa Roach, from their ninth studio album Crooked Teeth. It topped the Billboard Mainstream Rock Songs chart in April 2017 for six consecutive weeks.

Background[edit]

The song was first released as a single on February 17, 2017.[2][3] The song was produced by RAS and Colin Brittain, two younger, up-and-coming music producers the band chose to work with, to help find a new sound that mixed their Infest-era sound with more modern music.[2][4] A music video for the song was released on May 1, 2017.[5] Directed by Darren Craig, the video features the band performing and shows footage of unfortunate life events happening to a man wearing a bunny costume.[5]

Themes and composition[edit]

Lyrically, the song's message is centered around surviving mental health issues.[4] The song features bass-driven verses, followed by a wash of heavy guitar and synths in the chorus, with frontman Jacoby Shaddix's recurring line in the chorus singing "I think I need help / I’m drowning in myself".[4] Rock Sound described the song as "infectious, emotional...powerful...a cry for help in musical form".[6] Shaddix described the song:

With a track like Help, that song kind of harkens back to 'Scars', but it’s a little bit more uptempo and upbeat than Scars is. But it’s just a dark anthem, and I like that juxtaposition...We tapped into that on a track like Scars back in the day, and we were, like, ‘All right. Let’s see if we wrote something in a major key again.’ We’ve done that with songs like Lifeline in the past...It’s got a little element of some old school with some new school.[7]

Charts[edit]

Chart (2017) Peak
position
Czech Republic (Rádio Top 100)[8] 62
US Billboard (Mainstream Rock) 1[9]
US Billboard (Rock Airplay) 8[10]
US Billboard (Rock Songs) 15[11]
US (Alternative Songs) 37[12]

Personnel[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Rockest Record: Papa Roach - Help, Greg Puciato drops in, Rock Show with Daniel P Carter - BBC Radio 1". BBC. Archived from the original on August 31, 2018. Retrieved June 21, 2017.
  2. ^ a b "New Song Premiere: PAPA ROACH's 'Help'". blabbermouth.net. February 17, 2017. Archived from the original on June 17, 2017. Retrieved June 21, 2017.
  3. ^ "Listen to Papa Roach's blistering new single, "Help" - News - Alternative Press". Alternative Press. Archived from the original on May 29, 2017. Retrieved June 21, 2017.
  4. ^ a b c "Papa Roach Unleash Catchy, Cathartic New Song 'Help'". Loudwire. Archived from the original on October 28, 2017. Retrieved June 21, 2017.
  5. ^ a b "Papa Roach Soundtrack Bunny's Bad Day in 'Help' Video". Loudwire. Archived from the original on July 10, 2017. Retrieved June 21, 2017.
  6. ^ "Listen To A New Papa Roach Song - News - Rock Sound Magazine". Rock Sound Magazine. Archived from the original on February 21, 2017. Retrieved June 21, 2017.
  7. ^ "Papa Roach share behind-the-scenes video". teamrock.com. February 28, 2017. Archived from the original on May 3, 2017. Retrieved June 21, 2017.
  8. ^ "ČNS IFPI" (in Czech). Hitparáda – Radio Top 100 Oficiální. IFPI Czech Republic. Note: insert 201728 into search. Retrieved July 17, 2017.
  9. ^ "Papa Roach, Imagine Dragons Nab Airplay Chart No. 1s". billboard.com. Archived from the original on May 14, 2017. Retrieved June 21, 2017.
  10. ^ "Rock and Roll Airplay Chart". billboard.com. Archived from the original on June 20, 2017. Retrieved June 21, 2017.
  11. ^ "Top Rock Songs Chart". billboard.com. Archived from the original on June 16, 2017. Retrieved June 21, 2017.
  12. ^ "Alternative Songs: Top Alternative Songs Chart". billboard.com. Archived from the original on June 28, 2017. Retrieved June 21, 2017.