EspyRock recently conducted an interview with vocalist Josh Todd and guitarist Keith Nelson of Californian rockers BUCKCHERRY. A couple of excerpts from the chat follow below.
EspyRock: Most people will be interested to hear [if] you have already begun to write the new album.
Keith Nelson: Yes.
Josh Todd: We have.
EspyRock: How are things coming along?
Josh Todd: Things are coming along good. We’re having fun and we’ve got around five demos mopped up but it’s still very early and we need to get everyone in a room and just jam.
Keith Nelson: Without saying too much, I just think the pervasive feeling of the stuff we’re coming up with, we’re just trying to come out of our comfort zone a little bit. Really trying to push the envelope without getting away from the sound that you and love of this band but I think we’re going to try to push the envelope and go for something cool and different.
EspyRock: Will you take a bit of time off then to relax and work on it?
Keith Nelson: We’re getting a head start right now, because we’ve had a couple of one- and two-week breaks during this tour over the spring. So we’re taking some time to get some music together so we’ll be a little ahead of the curve when we actually finish up and once we wrap up the touring on this record we’ll be at it every day, five days a week like we always have.
EspyRock: While you don’t have any deadlines, have you got an idea of when you would hope to be releasing it?
Keith Nelson: I think it would be realistic to say next spring.
EspyRock: Just take it as it comes, basically.
Keith Nelson: Exactly man. We’re home with our families, working on new stuff and it’s good for us as we get to be home. We travel so much so we spend the holidays with our families and the studio is in my backyard, so everyone knows where to go and it works out quite well.
EspyRock: Most people, I know especially here [in the U.K.], not sure about in the States. but if you say the name BUCKCHERRY to anyone, they instantly recognize it with “Crazy Bitch”. Now, considering the self-titled [album] sold incredibly well and then you had “Time Bomb”, hits from “Black Butterfly” and now you have “All Night Long”, does it ever get annoying knowing that people associate you so closely with it or they tend not to recognize the other work you have done?
Keith Nelson: Well, I think prior to that, people thought we were the band with the cocaine song.
Josh Todd: Yeah.
Keith Nelson: I think that people are… it’s insulting to music fans to think that’s all they can hear. I think most of our fans, I mean, we’ve sold a lot of records, so people who buy our records, the whole record, understand there are many facets to the band and if that’s all, or if that’s the doorway that you enter through, that’s fine but there is a lot of other things going on.
Josh Todd: I think it’s great. I mean, you work your whole life to have a hit that is that big, and you know, I’ve always said THE ROLLING STONES one is “Satisfaction”, but there are so many other songs. So, like Keith was saying, whatever gets you to the shows, then that’s really what is important. But fuck, I’m so proud we wrote a hit that was that, big because we did it from the ground up in our rehearsing room in the middle of the fucking Valley, just dreaming, dreaming, you know. To know that it has reached so many people globally is just so cool.
Read the entire interview from EspyRock.