Buckcherry is back – the band that brought you the unapologetic rock hit “Crazy Bitch” in 2005, mellowing ballad “Sorry” in 2007, and “Say Fuck It”, an upbeat cover version of European artists Icona Pop and Charli XCX’s “I Love It” in 2014, with their seventh studio album.
Released on August 21, the new album, simply yet properly entitled, “Rock ‘N’ Roll”, offers all the flavors of Buckcherry.
What exactly are these flavors?
According to lead singer Josh Todd, they are “hard rocking songs and ballads” which take root in the tunes the band grew up listening to.
“Songs are basically a representation of emotions,” said Todd, “they’re like short stories. It’s fun to take the crowd on a journey when we do shows on tour.”
Frontman Todd answered several more questions for The Seahawk about the new album and the current tour. He talks success, sex, and of course, “Rock ‘N’ Roll”:
What will be your keys to success on this tour?
“Some keys to success will be staying healthy. We’ve been doing this a long time, and we’re really passionate about what we do, so it means a lot to us to do as well as we can every night.”
“The key to success is consistency every night, and that’s what we’re gonna do.”
A lot of your songs feature intense vocals. How do you maintain the strength of your voice on tour?
“I never sing without doing vocal scales, I drink only room temperature water, avoid carbonated drinks, and watch my diet. I also avoid acidic foods.”
“The regimen is pretty boring but it’s stuff you have to do if you wanna sing like this every night.”
Many rock artists drink alcohol during shows, are you one of them?
“No, no, no – no.”
“Being under the influence of alcohol during a show is not good. I’ve seen myself perform [while] loaded and it’s awful. You think it’s good, but it’s just not.”
Listeners will find many tracks on the new record, such as “Tight Pants”, “Sex Appeal”, and “Wood”, are sexually explicit. Todd says it comes with the territory of the genre.
Do your families, girlfriends, or spouses comment on these songs, or are they accepting of the content?
“It’s entertainment – it’s show business, you know? And they understand what it’s all about.”
“All the rock songs that we grew up on had sexual innuendos.”
Now, according to Todd, music is missing a key component.
“It’s like, what happened to the sexuality of rock music? I mean that’s the whole part – what would we do without ‘You Shook Me All Night Long’ and ‘Love in an Elevator”? That’s amazing stuff.”
Sex, however, does not make up the band’s only subject matter.
“We do all kinds of stuff,” said Todd, “but when you get to the sex, you’ve got to say it like it is.”
“One song is about forgiving yourself,” said Todd, “looking ahead and having courage. And then you have songs like ‘The Madness’ about the Jekyll and Hyde that you struggle with.”
What are some things going on in the genre that irritate you guys?
“It seem like a lot of artists are just bitching in what you hear on rock radio.”
And to Todd, in the area of live performances, “there are too many pre-recorded tracks.”
“I don’t wanna name names,” said Todd, “but there are even guys lip-syncing. That used to be in only pop music – now, we are just riddled with performances that aren’t truly live!”
“I just watched the VMA’s, and it was ridiculous. There was not one live performance, what I saw.”
Todd said the band prides itself on their live shows, that the experience they provide is part of their charm.
What can fans expect from a Buckcherry show if they’ve never attended before?
“We put on a high-energy rock show, so, you’ve gotta get lubricated and it gets sweaty. But you get to be whoever you want to be at a Buckcherry show. You can have fun, let it all hang out, and not worry about anybody judging you.”
“We have the greatest rock fans, they’re just so cool and fun and rowdy and wild – it’s a good time.”
“Every night we do meet and greet and autographs so we get to meet our fans, and I like that. There are so many repeat customers as far as fans go. When they come to more than one show, it means a lot to me, because that means we’re doing something right.”
“When people come to a Buckcherry show, they can really count on us putting on something worth-while, so they keep coming back.”
Does Buckcherry plan to keep up the pace and release yet another album in the coming years?
“Hell yeah – we like to work, and we have our own record label now, F-Bomb records, so we can do what we wanna do. We’ve been writing a lot. We put out the ‘Fuck’ EP out last year, and just released this last album in August, so we plan to have something annually.”
According to the singer, bands used to do this, and he feels the genre is shifting back to the tradition of releasing new materially consistently.
You guys have been rocking for about 20 years now. Do you have the same mission and goals as when you first started?
“We have lots of goals, mainly, we just want to expand our audience every time we go out. We want new fans, more people involved, and to sell a lot of records. We want to come up with creative new ways to interact with our fans.”
On September 10, Buckcherry performs at Ziggy’s by the Sea in downtown Wilmington with guests Saving Abel and Sons of Texas.