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Taproot

Ann Arbor, MI's own Taproot sent their demo to Limp Bizkit's frontman/business entrepreneur Fred Durst in 1998, not ever thinking Durst would call them back personally. To the band's surprise, Durst replied, promising the alt-punk metal quartet the world. But Durst apparently took too long to deliver the goods, for Taproot -- whose lineup comprised frontman Stephen Richards, guitarist Michael DeWolf, bassist Philip Lipscomb, and drummer Jarrod Montague -- landed a deal with Atlantic Records instead. Durst felt betrayed and vented his frustration to various media outlets, but an unfazed Taproot focused on their debut, Gift, which arrived in June 2000 and unveiled the band's tough thrash sound.

Thanks to support from Ozzy Osbourne's son Jack, Taproot scored a spot on the second stage on the 2000 Ozzfest tour. Two years later, Rolling Stone hailed Taproot as "the next contenders for the new-metal crown." The band then spent seven months in Los Angeles recording the fierce, introspective sophomore album Welcome, which earned accolades from such publications as Vanity Fair. The album eventually peaked at number 17 on the Billboard 200. Blue-Sky Research appeared in August 2005; produced by Toby Wright (who also helmed the group's previous album), it also included three songs co-written with Billy Corgan. A split with Atlantic Records followed, and Taproot opted to independently issue their next record. Our Long Road Home arrived in 2008, having been recorded in the band's native Ann Arbor with producer Tim Patalan. After signing to Victory Records, the band set to work recording new material. In 2010 they released their fifth album, Plead the Fifth, on Victory, followed by The Episodes in 2012. ~ MacKenzie Wilson
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Selected Discography

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Track List: The Episodes

1. Good Morning

2. No Surrender

3. Lost Boy

4. Memorial Park

5. The Everlasting

6. Around The Bend

7. A Kiss From The Sky

8. Strange & Fascinating

9. A Golden Grey

10. We Don't Belong Here

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Track List: Plead The Fifth

1. Now Rise

2. Game Over

3. Fractured (Everything I Said Was True)

4. Release Me

5. Stolage

6. 911ost

7. Trophy Wifi

8. Words Don't Mean A Thing

9. Left Behind

10. No View Is True

11. Stares

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Track List: Welcome

1. Mine

2. Poem

3. Everything

4. Art

5. Myself

6. When

7. Fault

8. Sumtimes

9. Breathe

10. Like

11. Dreams

12. Time

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Track List: Gift

1. Smile

2. Again & Again

3. Emotional Times

4. Now

5. 1 Nite Stand

6. Believed

7. Mentobe

8. I

9. Mirror's Reflection

10. Dragged Down

11. Comeback

12. Impact

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Track List: Blue-Sky Research

1. I Will Not Fall For You

2. Violent Seas

3. Birthday

4. Facepeeler

5. Calling

6. Forever Endeavor

7. April Suits

8. Lost In The Woods

9. So Eager

10. She

11. Promise

12. Nightmare

13. Blue-Sky Research / What's Left

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I went to a Taproot show years ago. They had opened for The Deftones when I went to see him and I met the singer from Taproot and started chatting with him a little bit. He seems like a pretty cool dude.
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Taproot is a wonderful aurial event!!
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@Amanda June Schofield I know right!? For some reason Just need some time to myself popped into my head while studying so I put this on. Taproot brings back some young memories! Haha
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Go Panthers
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For years I've misread and pronounced the name as TARPOOT. I just learned it's Taproot fml
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Reminds me of high school lol
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This is my new favorite band,all the way baby!!!#��
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When I'm having a horrible day I turn Taproot on and let the music flow through and it just makes me feel better. Speaks to my heart and soul word for word. Love you Taproot <3
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Melodic vocals mixed with crazy axe work, mind pounding bass, off beat skipping drum madness!! What more do you want?�������
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Poem,by Taproot is so freaking badass,makes me wanna clothes line a futhermucker ! ! ! ! . . . l o l
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work with a member of the band, maybe the nicest, most easy going cat Ive ever met
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I think they're one of the more unique bands and can't believe they're still relatively a hidden gem and not more popular. One of my top favorite bands for over a decade.
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taproot@ ozzfest 2000
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I have seen them live 3 times, one of my favorite bands! Played in a little club in Iowa with 25 people tops. Same as show with hundreds, same energy in performance.
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One of my top favorite bands!!!!!
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Love taproot been awhile since I heard MINE
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mstieglitz9
seen these guys live 4 times live probably one the most underated bands out there. Awesome live
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Such a good band, and so underrated Really good live as well..
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Welcome to Rockville 2015 should have you guys.
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They should've never signed to that stupid a** emo record company, victory
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waltprorok
Taproot came out to a little town call Clermont FL and hung out after the show was over with everyone. Very cool guys had a blast.
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Taproot mirrors reflection
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Like taproot they jam.
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These guys are so cool. I saw them in a small club in Orlando. I remember the lead singer gave the mic to people in the crowd during some parts of the songs and let them sing the chorus. Very cool stuff!!!
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sbancker
amazing group of guys
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Love it
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I'm gonna try and make a anime that this is either an OST for or an opening
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Your calling but I can't hear you <3
Yes , just amazing especially the msg
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missd this music now i make money n i like it more
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I've seen them live four times. Great stage performance, lots of interaction with crowd. Steven gives mic to someone for chorus of poem, picked me, and since then huge fan.
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I street team for these guys! Very proud!
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I'm from Michigan too! Awesome! First song I've heard from them, but this is AWESOME!
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oxygen2424
These guys kill it live!! ~ I saw them in NH. They def are not emo!
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onegoldengir l
Love these guys
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abyers822
saw them live twice last year -- the first time in a very small venue and they ripped it up - they came onto the floor and played in the crowd - steven moshed a bit - they hung out and got drunk after the show -- great time -- cant wait to see them live again
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I manage a band out of Grand Rapids, Mi called Shadow Status.. The guys opened for them March 12th 2011 and I got to meet with the guys and talk with them for a while.. The guys are simply AMAZING!! You can check out Shadow Status at www.facebook . c o m / s h a d o w s t a t u s
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i saw them in 2006..and I thought they were awesome live..brough great energy to the crowd. while creating a very melodic alt-metal sound. so kelli canady..if you want to listen to taproots records. you can do that at home or in your car. ;)
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I heard these guys live recently, they don't sound like their records :(
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jrbrooks2006
I sent this song to my ex-wife.
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imzippytheth i r d
they're okay, but not metal by any means...
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Taproots first 3 albums were pretty phenomenal but when "Our Long Road Home" came out I wanted to scream. It sounded like something emo like "My chemical Romance" or something. I liked the first song on that album but the rest I didn't care for too much. Their new album "Plead The Fifth" is a step in the right direction, but still I feel falls short of the greatness of their first few albums. I think maybe they have been caught up in the whole music biz bullshit and have lost sight of...
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@ gabriel-

give the new album "plead the fifth" a listen. they have def gone back to their roots more. i think you'll like
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I still have the cassette tape demo for Taproot. Its about 11 years old. It had Poem and some other song on it. I got that Taproot, From Zero, American Pearl, Head PE, Linkin Park and...I forget now...i just remember the cover art was gross...man, thats gonna bother me...
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I never have considered tap root "metal" personally.. . But I have liked all their albums. Our Long Road Home was a deviation from their norm.. but they are entitled to try out new things. While it may have rocked the boat with some of their more die hard fans, I thought it was a well done album.
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The first 3 records were good but unfortunatel y they sh#t the bed with 'Our long road home', probably the blandest and most boring record I heard last year. Sounds like they need to take another listen to the 'Gift' album and try to recapture that kind of rawness. They definitely need to move in another direction.
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taproot has one of the most annoying vocalists i've ever heard. plus their "musicianshi p " (if you can even call it that) sucks. whoever coined the phrase "nu-metal" should be dragged into a street somewhere and shot. if a band wants to be metal, learn to play your instrument, not just thrash on a guitar. i hate how anyone who uses distortion on their guitar is automaticall y deemed "metal" if that were the case then fall out boy is a metal band. if that ever did come to pass i think i'd just leap
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It's hit or miss. It's certainly not as hard as many of their other albums, but it still has some really good songs. Check out Karmaway, As One, Hand That Holds True, and Path Less Taken.
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Idk they had a new album well 2008 being new. It any good??
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Why is Gift's artwork now a Kevin Michael album cover?
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They f**ked up Gift's artwork :(.
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