The historic Cains Ballroom was the setting for the very laid back interview with Josh Todd ~ lead vocals and Keith ~ lead guitarist of Buckcherry. Being greeted with a smile is always a plus for any interview also!
Buckcherry's latest album, Confessions is nothing like what you are used to hearing from them and when asked if that was a new path or journey they were taking us on, Keith responded, "It was an excuse to try different things outside of the normal performance. It was a vision that we had and we went with it. We had great producers also." For those of you who may not have already seen the new music video, you need to watch the video and then watch the making of it also. First impression was their vision, making their job a full success.
As musicians, Buckcherry has traveled the world, literally. Small venues vs arenas vs festivals, which one did they prefer? Josh stepped in and answered, "There are great things about all of them. THE SHOW MUST GO ON! We love to perform." The compensation of the sound difference of each of these can be simple to extreme.
The ability for one to listen and connect with their music and each time they evoke a new feeling, memory or response to it is uncanny. Those emotions will be felt for years to come. Be it from a memory associated with the song(s), or just the song itself.
How the song is heard by the audience in all the variances in venues, arenas and outdoor amphitheater is almost a science for them. Josh and Keith both added, "We use the in ear monitor while on stage, which helps to isolate noise and we are able to make subtle tweaks to make it sound as close to how we recorded it as possible." Are they able to tell when the others are off while they are playing on stage? Keith plays lead guitar and laughingly stated, "Technology helps us deal with it, so we are less apt to." They are human and humans forget things occasionally.
Josh Todd is not exempt from forgetting the words and he explained, "We apologize to each other after the set. There are two songs on this new album that have the same tempo, I had to stop singing and after a few chords I started singing again. We have six records and 90 songs to shift through." Keith stepped in and said,"It does not only happen to Josh. We all forget at times. It happens to all of us. We mix the set list up, so it is inevitable."
Josh hits the stage with Lit Up and is always ready to take on the night. How does Josh keep up his momentum? The only performer that compares to him on stage is Rob Zombie and Josh was blown away by the comparison. Josh answered in such matter of fact attitude, "You have to give a shit!
It is that "Give a shit" attitude that keeps these fathers on the road. Josh was almost surreal when he stated, "It sucks not being able to go home at night. Buckcherry is Us Against The World." Most of the year they are touring the world, so that their emense number of fans have the opportunity to see and hear them perform one or more of their favorite songs in person. Granted, they never cease to amaze their audience. If you have seen them more than once, you know exactly what that means. No two shows are alike.
Their US Tour is over, now they will start an International Tour of Europe and Australia and in January they will begin touring Canada. For a full list of their Tour Dates, check out their website: www.buckcherry.com