On September 1, Kristyn Clarke of PopCultureMadness.com conducted an interview with guitarist Keith Nelson of Californian rockers BUCKCHERRY. You can now watch the chat below.
BUCKCHERRY recently completed work on its sixth studio album, “Confessions”, for a tentative late 2012/early 2013 release. The group is also planning to put out a short film in conjunction with the CD, which it hopes will make its way into some small film festivals. The record itself will serve as the soundtrack for the film.
Speaking about “Confessions”, Nelson told PopCultureMadness.com, “We’re still hoping to get it out by the end of the year. But if not, [it will] probably [be out] early next year. We’re just trying to tie up some loose ends behind the scenes that really don’t have anything to do with the actual material that’s on the record. So as soon as we know, we’ll let the world know, and we’ll get on with it. But it hasn’t stopped us from playing shows and doing what we love to do, which is play gigs.”
He added, “We’re gonna wrap up this tour in a few days, actually, and go home for a couple of weeks and revisit the stuff and get going to rehearsals and tune up all that stuff, so when we head back out at the end of September, we’ll be ready to play the entire record.”
Asked about the reports that “Confessions” is a “concept” album, Nelson said, “Basically, it kind of started off as a concept record and then evolved away from that, so I wouldn’t really call it a concept record right now. But it definitely has a theme to the record. And the record, it evolved into Josh [Todd, vocals] writing a screenplay, basically, loosely based on some events of his life. So the story of the record goes with the film and the film goes with the record and they really work together. It tells a story.”
He added, “The whole idea was to, basically, make the record stand alone on its own and the film stand alone on its own, but they could both come together and work really well together. And same thing with the songs — there isn’t anything on the record that is so weird that you wouldn’t understand it unless you saw the movie. So the record really needs to stand on its own, like every other record we’ve made.”
Todd told an Oklahoma radio station about the “Confessions” screenplay, “It’s based around the seven sins and true events that happened in my life as well, when I was younger.”
Todd, however, shot down the idea of playing the lead role in the film, although he did say that the band will appear somewhere in it.
He added, “I think (the film is) gonna be a real treat for people who love this band and people who are just discovering BUCKCHERRY for the first time.”
As for “Confessions”, Todd said that the new disc is “definitely a heavier, musically, record than we’ve ever had, and more melodic. It’s pretty intense, but everybody’s gonna love it. It’s quintessential BUCKCHERRY at the end of the day.”