BUCKCHERRY Frontman: ‘A Major Record Label Is Really Just A Bank’

Johnny Price of RockAndMetalNews.com recently conducted an interview with BUCKCHERRY frontman John Todd. A couple of excerpts from the chat follow below.

RockAndMetalNews.com: How did signing with Eleven Seven Music change you guys? Did it free you up and give you more creative control? What was behind the decision to go with them?

Josh: Eleven Seven was actually created for BUCKCHERRY. We were the first band to be on it so that we could put an album out. Our manager created it because at the time, nobody would sign our record “15”, which was our highest-selling record of all that we have put out. It’s a great story, because since we couldn’t get a proper record deal in the States, he started a record label for us. We were the first record and the rest is history. Now there are all sorts of great bands on the label. It’s just so good to be independent. Basically, a major record label is really just a bank. If you are just starting out and don’t really have a fan base built up yet, a major label can get you on a bill and get tour support. Once you’ve established that base, the way to go is independent. You have more control over everything.

RockAndMetalNews.com: You mentioned “All Night Long”, which came out in 2010. Are you guys writing or working on any new material yet? With all of your touring, have you even had any time to do so?

Josh: We’re thinking about doing a concept record, so we have some ideas in the works. We’ve been writing some songs, but we have to see how it’s all going to come out. I think it’s going to be really cool.

RockAndMetalNews.com: Most underrated band?

Josh: Do you mean right now or ever? There was a band that came out called LOVE/HATE and they were amazing, but they never really got a shot. They put out a record called “Blackout In The Red Room”. For me, that record is right up there with “Back In Black” and “Appetite For Destruction”. That’s one if you really love rock, then you should really visit that record. They deliver that stuff live perfectly. Jizzy Pearl, the singer, was such an influence on me early on. I would go to L.A. and see shows when I was like 16 and I had never seen a rock band. I mean, I never really go the glam bands like POISON and all those kind of glammy hair bands I never really got. Then, I saw LOVE/HATE and I thought, “This stuff is amazing.” Jizzy was rad and he still is.

RockAndMetalNews.com: Favorite food while you’re out on the road?

Josh: I really love fried chicken and I know that it’s probably going to kill me at some point, but if I can find some good fried chicken, I’m going to go get it. I ate at Bojangles because it was close to here and I just had to do it. After I’m done, I’m like, “Man, I shouldn’t have done that.”

Read the entire interview from RockAndMetalNews.com.