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Interview:
Buckcherry at Diesel, 3 Things to Know
 

By Gary Graff
ggraff@digitalfirstmedia.com, @GraffonMusic on Twi

Posted: Tuesday, March 19, 2019

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Buckcherry means business with its eighth studio album.



That's why the Los Angeles rockers are wearing "Warpaint."



The group released "Warpaint" on March 8, four years after its predecessor, "Rock 'N Roll." the interim was spent not only playing live but also getting the group's camp in order, including business affairs. But throughout, frontman Josh Todd and his bandmates were creating, and the singer is confident that "Warpaint" could return Buckcherry to the glory days of its first decade and hits like "Lit Up" and "Crazy Bitch"...



Todd, 48, says Buckcherry was "really thorough" and meticulous in making "Warpaint," bringing more than 30 songs into the studio to work on with producer Mike Plotnikoff -- who also helped 2005's "15," Buckcherry's last platinum album. "It was a long labor of love. We were writing and rewriting. We knew the kind of record we had to make. At the end of the day it comes down to the songs. We had to make sure we had the songs, and we had so many songs but we broke it down to 10 that worked."



Todd acknowledges that Buckcherry approached "Warpaint" with a determined goal to be a force once again. "We haven't really had a presence on radio for, like three records. That's really frustrated me. It's tough, because Buckcherry doesn't sound like any other rock band on the radio. That works for us and against us at times. But we were really thorough this time on making sure we had songs that carried the whole integrity of Buckcherry and brought it into more of the Active Rock format so we would get a shot at radio. That's what we really want. It's time for this band, Buckcherry, to shine again."



Buckcherry's opening gambit for "Warpaint" was a surprising cover of nine inch nails' "Head Like a Hole," which Todd says "happened really organically. We were in the studio making the record, just kind of going through some old songs while they were setting up. We jammed it out the first time and it was like, boom, automatically sounded right as if we'd written it, which is what we always want to achieve when we do a cover. Mike was recording the whole time and said, 'Hey, why don't you guys come in and hear this?' He put up a little rough mix of it and we were like, 'Wow, this sounds really good. We should do it,' so we did."



Buckcherry and Joyous Wolf perform Sunday, March 17 at the Diesel Concert Lounge, 33151 23 Mile Road, Chesterfield. Doors at 7 p.m. $30 advance, $33 day of show. 586-933-3503 or dieselconcerts.com.

Web Site: www.dieselconcerts.com

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