Favorite Song (feat. Elias Soriano)
Featuring a guest appearance from NONPOINT vocalist Elias Soriano, the track was produced by guitarist/vocalist Stephen Richards at The Loft in Saline, MI, and mixed by Matt LaPlant (Nonpoint, Skindred). SC\SSRS, the first Taproot album fully written and recorded by Richards, will be the band’s first studio release since 2012’s The Episodes, and will be available on September 29th at retail and all digital outlets Worldwide via THC: Music/Amplified Distribution.
The band played their first shows in over 6 years with a warmup show at The Crafthouse in Pittsburgh, PA, followed by a headlining appearance at The Adelphia Summer Concert Series in Marietta, OH with 10 Years, Smile Empty Soul, and Adelitas Way, marking the first shows with new guitarist Taylor Roberts, and the return of original drummer Jarrod Montague, his first full sets with the band since 2008.
Taproot has also added additional dates to their string of upcoming SC\SSRS album release shows, marking the band’s first tour in over a decade, set to feature special guests September Mourning, Eva Under Fire, Smile Empty Soul, Dead By Wednesday, I Set My Friends on Fire, and Heartsick on select dates. The upcoming shows will also showcase the return of original drummer Jarrod Montague, who will join the band for select upcoming shows (w/all other shows featuring longtime drummer Dave Coughlin of Sponge), and new full-time guitarist Taylor Roberts.
The band recently played a headlining appearance in August at the 2023 Northwoods Rock Rally in Glen Flora, WI, and the Taste Of Madison festival, as well as their previously-announced “reunion” appearance at the Blue Ridge Rock Festival.
Taproot formed in 1997 in Ann Arbor, Michigan, and went on to sign to Atlantic Records, releasing their Ulrich Wild (Static-X, Pantera) produced debut album Gift in 2000, followed by extensive touring including appearances on Ozzfest 2000 and 2001, and tours with Deftones, Incubus, Papa Roach, Slipknot, Mudvayne, Disturbed, and Linkin Park.
The bands sophomore release Welcome, their first pairing with legendary producer Toby Wright (Alice in Chains, Metallica, Korn, Primus) which Rolling Stonecalled, “a self-preserving transition from new metal to art metal”, went on to sell over 500,000 copies and spawn the hit Rock singles “Poem”, which peaked at #5 on the Mainstream Rock charts, and “Mine”, helping propel Welcome to over 50 million digital streams. The band would continue heavy touring with Chevelle and Linkin Park, and joining Disturbed on the Music As A Weapon Tour. Vocalist Stephen Richards would also appear on the track “P5hng Me A*wy” on Linkin Park’s 2002 remix album, REANIMATION.
Taproot released several more full-length studio albums, including 2005’s Blue Sky Research, 2008’s Our Long Road Home, 2010’s Plead The Fifth, with the single “Fractured (Everything I Said was True)” reaching the top 20 on the Active Rock Chart, and 2012’s The Episodes, while continuing to tour consistently through 2013, when the band went on an indefinite hiatus, returning only to play a sporadic handful of local Michigan shows, before reforming officially this year.