For a very long time there haven’t been many out-and-out rock bands that genuinely sound dangerous when you listen to them. Buckcherry have been one of those bands that have not just always, consistently sounded dangerous, but threatening.
Ever since they rolled onto the scene with the immortal chorus of “I love the cocaine” in ‘Lit Up’ as their very first single in 1999 (that’s nearly 20 years ago so you know, so for all you hipsters out there it’s cool to like this band now) to falling into relative obscurity with their scathing second album Time Bomb, then finding success once again with the joyous ‘Crazy Bitch’ a few years later in the diverse 15 album. They have always sounded like they’re going to blow you away while they’re getting blown. Time Bomb sounded downright worrying in places with songs like ‘Whiskey In The Morning’ spitting about excessive alcohol consumption. It’s a pure head banger that genuinely made you think that vocalist Josh Todd might die tomorrow. The problem with Time Bomb is that no-one had heard it, it fell off the map, went out of production and became pretty difficult to get your hands on a physical copy if you’re a purist like me. It literally became the record company’s dirtiest little secret.
Hundreds of intense live shows later, Buckcherry are now an independent band, free from record labels and doing pretty much as they please, safe in the knowledge that their tainted destiny is in their own hands. Last year they released an EP simply titled Fuck in which every song had one of our favourite naughty words in it. Immature? Maybe. But do we really care when it comes to rock ‘n’ roll? A final finger up to the majors? You bet your ass.
Speaking of Rock N Roll, Buckcherry’s latest album has just been released and that’s exactly what they’ve Christened it. While they’ve mellowed, Buckcherry are still doing what they do best; heartfelt, harrowing, hard, diamond cut rock and influenced by the best of the best.
They have created some ultimate rockers like lead-single ‘Bring It On Back’ which has the signature massive riffs accompanied by Josh Todd branded shrieks. As I begin to listen to ‘Bring It On Back’ I can immediately hear that they finally have something back that I hadn’t heard in years, possibly since Time Bomb- freedom. I’m not going to go on and on about how ridding themselves of the evil of the music industry titan will have set them free but Buckcherry sound genuinely revitalised here.
Other big tracks like ‘Cradle’, the seriously camped up, brassed up ‘Tight Pants’ and the cheeky ‘Wood’ just ooze sex. Like all good rock ‘n’ roll albums, it has it’s signature power ballad. ‘The Feeling Never Dies’ is one of their very best to sit alongside ‘The Truth’ from ‘Confessions’ and ‘Open My Eyes’ from Time Bomb.
In the lead up to the release of Rock N Roll, Buckcherry released and updated a playlist on Spotify which included the likes of ‘Kissing My Love’ by Bill Withers, ‘Toys in the Attic’ by Aerosmith and ‘Miss You’ by The Stones to get us all in the mood for ‘Rock ‘N’ Roll’.
While their latest album isn’t quite as diverse as their playlist, you can simply feel the spirit of the rock ‘n’ roll coming out of it all the way. That is something that, while misplaced at times, Buckcherry never fucking lost.