“Isn’t it bazaar that all we are is a band, two guitars, drums, bass and a vocalist and we just write about our experiences and our lives around us and what we did and we’re like this thing, and I don’t know one other band that’s making new, traditional rock and roll records and this has been going on since our first record in 1999."
From their self titled debut album way back in 1999 which delivered unto the world anthems such as Lit Up and Dead Again, to 2006’s 15 which featured Crazy Bitch and Sorry, to the infamous Fuck EP (where each song had everyone’s favourite F word in its title), and included the live staple Say Fuck It, Buckcherry have the songs to make you move. And on album number seven, opening track Bring It On Back has the riffs and refrain of another BC classic. Buckcherry uphold the unwritten commandments of rock music: Riotous energy, sexy swagger, primal chops and a lifestyle that can’t be switched off. They know no other way.
We gave Buckcherry front man Josh Todd a call to talk about the band’s upcoming Australasian tour, as well as their latest album ‘Rock ‘n’ Roll’, live shows, and he gives us his take on the state of rock music…
We’re here because you’re heading back to Australia & New Zealand in March for a tour, these being headline shows, what can fans expect at a full Buckcherry show?
You can expect a lot of piss and vinegar *laughs* just high energy and low IQ pretty much *laughs*no, listen, we put on a great rock show, we kind of pride ourselves on our shows and stage show, its 100% live there’s no tracks or triggers or any of that bullshit. You’re gonna come and have a fuckin’ good time I’ll tell you that.
You’ve been back a few times over the last few years which is great, after that long break beforehand between tours what do you think it is about Buckcherry that Australian audiences just dig?
Oh we’re rock and roll that’s why you fuckin’ love us, you love us because we’re honest, you love our honesty and our purity and you want to just fuckin’ give a shit, right?
To me Buckcherry are one of the only bands out there truly upholding that rock and roll attitude and style and not putting it on if you know what I mean. What is it about being in Buckcherry that allows you to do this?
Isn’t it bazaar that all we are is a band, two guitars, drums, bass and a vocalist and we just write about our experiences and our lives around us and what we did and we’re like this thing, and I don’t know one other band that’s making new, traditional rock and roll records and this has been going on since our first record in 1999. We haven’t been mainstream and it’s just survival you know?
I mean you even named your newest album ‘Rock ‘n’ Roll’. It’s the only name it could’ve been, right?
Yeah that’s why we titled the record ‘Rock ‘n’ Roll’, I mean that’s just something that Keith and I threw around for a long time, but it was just the right time to call it what it is. People have been telling us that rock and roll is dead since 1999…
Now, there are certain songs that people instantly relate to a band, and it would be fair to say that ‘Crazy Bitch’ is definitely one of yours. At ten years old now is it great seeing the reaction that one still gets when you belt it out?
It’s insane, you know we wrote that song so quick, just didn’t think much of it we thought it would be a fun song to put on a record and would probably be a lot of fun with our core audience and they might like that song live and that would be it. It would never be on the radio and it’s become kind of a phenomenon, so we’re very grateful and thank God for that song, it resurrected our career at that point in time.
Oh yeah and the whole ‘15’ album was a turning point for you guys, it must have been refreshing when that happened?
Yeah it was real refreshing because the best part is that everybody told us we couldn’t sell rock records, nobody would sign the record in the United States, our manager had to find this independent label to put this record out and then 1.6 million albums later we proved them all wrong and shoved it right up their ass.
You’ve also been doing this for over twenty years, and the industry and music is in a much different place now, what for you has been the biggest and most notable change you’ve witnessed over the last twenty years?
God, you know… so much stuff, it’s changing at such a rapid state, I think you know the biggest changes is there’s no more controlled market place you know what I mean? When we first started it was like everything was kind of controlled on the radio, there wasn’t any internet and to get a record you got it when the record drops and you had to go buy the record so you didn’t know the songs, you couldn’t sample the songs before you bought the record or anything like that. So there’s no more of that, the industry has changed our income a lot, that’s our biggest gripe, not a lot of people buy records anymore, they don’t go out and buy a full length album, they’ll just buy songs and I even do that, I don’t buy a full record anymore… maybe an old greatest hits or something like that *laughs* I’d rather buy songs and make a playlist and just make sure it’s great songs before I buy them, you know?
That just means that bands need to step up in the live department, which is what works for you and you do so well…
Well, I agree you know but we have a good core audience that buys our records no matter what but I want to get to a bigger level and all the younger fans and all that, that’s the challenge.
There’s been talk for a while now about a live DVD, is that something still on the cards?
You know a live DVD is hard, they cost a lot to make, you have to learn how to do it cost effectively because the return isn’t very great on that. I know that’s what everybody wants but we have to at the end of the day break it down to how we’re gonna do it. We either break even or we get a return on our investment *laughs* so we’re working on it, it’s really the right show and the right place, we really want to do a show in LA, it’s our backyard and would be cheaper for us as far as the production is going to cost us but that’s not as fun for us with the audience, it would be much funner to do it somewhere outside of the United States somewhere where things get crazy, like Japan or Australia or somewhere like that.
So, besides Buckcherry, who if anyone can you see as a new band out there flying the flag for Rock and Roll?
New bands? I don’t even know, I don’t listen to too much new rock because it’s just a turd, honestly… I don’t want to say that anybody’s art is crap and I’m not going to talk shit on any bands or anything, but what I hear when I try to listen to new rock is that it’s very muddy, there’s not a lot of dynamic, there’s not a lot of soul, there’s not a lot of charismatic front men, there’s not a lot of guitar heroes and that’s why I think rock is in the place that it’s at. You go from one band to the next and you can’t tell who’s who anymore and it’s just kind of bland, that’s the word for it. So I listen to a lot of old school songs, listen to a lot of fun music, I listen to a lot of pop, there’s a lot of great songs out there and I just like the songs that are written by the songwriters.
Well let’s hope rock does come back…
I don’t really give a shit if it comes back, we’re gonna keep doing it and there’s a huge void to be filled and you just need to come to a Buckcherry show.
Lastly, let’s try and see if we can predict the future, so finish this sentence for me, the one thing Buckcherry wants to do in 2016 is…
The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus are gracing our shores on the 28th of November at Galatos. After a 4-year hiatus, they have burst back onto the scene and headed straight for the spot they are most familiar with, number 1 on the Billboard Christian Rock Charts.
Breakups are never easy - whether it's a romantic tryst, a teenage crush, or with a young Mark and his favourite band Dream Theater, that dark moment when founding keyboardist Kevin Moore left the group in 1994.
There's no denying that at my core, I'm a lover of progressive music - whether that means I love "prog" music or not is a question for another day, and is a topic which I touched on whilst talking to Steven Wilson the other week regarding the upcoming To The Bone show at Auckland's Bruce Mason Centre.
Auckland-based quartet Openside have added an extra date to their first, all-ages, nationwide tour. The group headlines The Seamless Tour will now perform a final show in Tauranga on July 20th featuring special guests DUNES .
Consisting of drummer/vocalist Cat Leahy and guitarist/vocalist Leisha Jungalwalla, This Way Northwill be a part of a very special night in Auckland called ‘Sass the Patriarchy’ an event they have been running in Australia.
As the days and nights get colder, we need something more to laugh about than the unpredictability of Auckland weather and lucky for us, The New Zealand International Comedy Festivalreturns (kicking off this Thursday 26 April).
I Am Giant’s have recently released their third and final album ‘Life in Captivity’. Featuring the singles ‘Dead Flower’, ‘Playing With Fire’ and ‘Don’t Look Back’, the band are currently touring New Zealand; their final tour and last hurrah in NZ.
To this day I still remember my introduction to Sepultura - camped out in the granny flat bedroom of long-time friend Kerry - a live version of their cover of Motörhead's Orgasmatron, and from there it continues to this day
The 4-piece genre-melders Hellions are getting ready for their biggest Australian headline show yet. The tour will be taking place this May and stopping off in all the major cities; Adelaide, Perth, Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne.
It howls. It's grindingly beautiful. It's dangerously sentient. It’s The Sisters of Mercy returning to Australia and New Zealand this October and November. Due to demand, The Sisters Of Mercy will be adding Perth, Adelaide and Auckland to their tour in 2019.
Who Loves NZ The Most? Following a Sold-Out Winter Tour in 2018, Kiwi icon's The Jordan Luck Band today announce their massive 19 date New Zealand Winter(ish) Tour. Trekking the whole country; the massive NZ tour begins the last weekend of April with shows through to late June 2019.
Psychedelic heavyweight Earthless have announce their supporting acts for their Australia/New Zealand tour. The support line up is heady and heavy, meaning that each show is going to be stuffed with rock n roll greatness.
Due to incredible demand, internationally renowned award-winning musician, comedian, actor, writer and composer TIM MINCHIN has today announced a third and final Auckland show as part of his Australasian tour of his live show BACK.
Legendary, GRAMMY-award winning band FLEETWOOD MAC today announced an Australian and New Zealand tour, set to kick off on August 9 with two shows in Auckland on September 16 and 19, along with a welcome return to Dunedin on September 21.
California’s radical sons, The Growlers arrive in the country this week for the start of the Australian leg of their mammoth worldwide ‘Beach Goth’ tour. In what is guaranteed to be a rollicking, majestic wave of movements all around our golden coast,
Timaru’s iconic Soundshell in Caroline Bay will host two of the most well-known bands in New Zealand in a one-day entertainment extravaganza this January. Katchafire and The Black Seeds will headline the R18+ event at the Soundshell on Saturday, January 26, 2019. They’ll be joined by The Butlers.
In true kiwi summer tour tradition Marlon Williams will now take The Tūrangawaewae Tour to a further six markets this February making it a total of 12 shows - Marlon’s most comprehensive New Zealand tour ever!
On the heels of releasing several collaborative hit tracks this year, five-time Grammy Award-winning artist and producer Mark Ronson returns with a brand new single of his own ‘Nothing Breaks Like A Heart’ featuring Miley Cyrus.
George Ezra toured the world nonstop for more than two years following the release of his debut LP Wanted On Voyage, finally making it to Aotearoa for one of the standout sets of this year’s Auckland City Limits.
Colin Mochrie, Brad Sherwood and Greg Proops the popular stars of the Emmy nominated Whose Line Is It Anyway? have teamed up to present an evening of extraordinary improvisational comedy for one show only at the Bruce Mason Centre in Auckland.
In a New Zealand first, five of the stars of Twin Peaks, Sheryl Lee, Kimmy Robertson, Michael Horse, Al Strobel, Dana Ashbrook and the Executive Producer of Twin Peaks: A Limited Event Series, Sabrina S. Sutherland, will visit Auckland and Christchurch for an exclusive and unique CONVERSATION WITH THE STARS evening.
Singer Elaine Paige has announced an 8-date series of concerts from October 10 to October 25 2018, which will see her perform songs from her illustrious career along side an array of her favourite tracks by contemporary songwriters.
The critically acclaimed, award-winning comedian and actor, Catherine Tate, is bringing The Catherine Tate Show - Live to New Zealand for the first time, with shows in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch commencing November 28, 2018.
It has been announced overnight that Last Tapes Theatre Company's original production Valerie has been selected for a month-long season in the prestigious Summerhall programme at Edinburgh Festival Fringe this August.