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- Me, Myself, and I
- Taproot formed in 1997 in their hometown of Ann Arbor, Michigan.
In 1998, the band sent their demo to Limp Bizkit frontman/businessman, Fred Durst. Impressed with their material, he offered them a recording contract through Interscope Records - which to this day is Limp Bizkit's label. However, Durst never followed through with the deal and Taproot continued to shop around until they landed a lucrative record deal with Atlantic Records/Velvet-Hammer.
Feeling betrayed, Durst heavily cursed the band on vocalist Stephen Richards' answering machine. He also put some blame on System of a Down, who assisted Taproot in securing the Atlantic deal.
The band's released their debut album titled Gift (2000) in June. With the single "Again & Again" gaining heavy exposure through MTV2's Headbangers Ball, the band's mainstream rise gained momentum.
With the help of Ozzy Osbourne's son Jack, Taproot landed a spot on the second stage of the Ozzfest Tour in 2000.
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Two years later, Rolling Stone hailed Taproot as the "next contenders for the nu metal crown" . They then spent seven months in Los Angeles recording their follow-up to Gift.
The band released their sophomore effort titled Welcome (2002) in October, which was generally considered to be a more melodic effort. The album debuted at #17 on the Billboard 200, selling over 51,000 copies in its first week of release - on the back of the monster hit "Poem", which shot to #5 on the Mainstream Rock charts. The album's second single "Mine" followed with more moderate success. Welcome is Taproot's most successful album to-date, selling near gold at 472,000 copies.
After touring across the country on Disturbed's Music as a Weapon Tour, as well as a European tour, the band took a long two year break.
Returning from exile, the band released their third major album titled Blue-Sky Research (2005) in August. Billy Corgan (Smashing Pumpkins frontman) assisted in song-writing on the album, which was produced by Toby Wright. The album saw the band moving away from the nu metal genre and finding their foundation in more rock-oriented grounds. The album has not sold as well as the previous two releases, clocking up at approximately 115,000 copies.
The band headlined a major tour with Evans Blue and From Satellite to promote Blue-Sky Research. Prior to the headline tour, Taproot acted as direct support to Chevelle on their tour alongside 30 Seconds to Mars. They also participated in the "Fall Brawl Tour" which featured Staind and P.O.D as headliners, and is notable for taking the then unknown Flyleaf along as the opening act for the three bands.
On June 13, 2006, drummer Jarrod Montague, via Taproot's MySpace blog, revealed that the band had parted ways with Atlantic Records, stating that they had a good relationship but there were "amazing opportunities on the horizon that we are excited about and plan on exploring". He also went on to say that they had begun the writing process for their next album, and were keen to tour again shortly.
Bassist Phil Lipscomb announced a new side-project called "The Toques" and have released the song "Breakdown" which was featured on the soundtrack to the film Stick It.
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