Interview: Josh Todd of Buckcherry on "All Night Long"
Fri, 27 Aug 2010 10:59:16
Buckcherry never fail to get asses shaking and fists pumping, and their latest album All Night Long continues that longstanding tradition.
It's another collection of undeniable and unforgettable rock 'n' roll anthems from one of the genre's most reliable mainstays. The title track basically says it all, and this record could start a party anytime and anywhere!
Buckcherry frontman Josh Todd sat down with ARTISTdirect.com editor and Dolor author Rick Florino for an exclusive interview about All Night Long, how the business has changed, the story behind "Dead" and bringing the girls back to the rock show…
All Night Long picks up where Black Butterfly left off, but it also takes things to the next level.
I think this record's a little closer to our foundation. It's definitely one of our most rocking efforts so I really enjoy it.
What was the creative process like behind All Night Long? Has it changed at all?
The approach we took on this record was to write some rock 'n' roll anthems. I feel like there's a huge void in rock 'n' roll for that. There aren't a lot of bands doing it. We've written a few over the years, and we wanted to get back to that. That's where "All Night Long" and "It's a Party" came from. Lyrically, I wanted "All Night Long" to be about what it's like to go to a Buckcherry show. We've based our foundation on our live show. It's crazy when we hit the stage. We've done so many shows over the years; and there's this electricity when we hit the stage with the audience and the band interacting. I wanted to capture that lyrically, and that's what the song is about. The whole theme of the record is the celebration of rock 'n' roll. We wanted to originally title the record Rock 'N' Roll, but everybody was like, "Maybe you should rethink that…" So we came up with All Night Long.
Well, you never fail to set it off on stage.
It's important to us. The best part of this whole business is being on stage. It makes up for all the travel and the sacrifice. When you hit the stage, it's time to get it on.
So many bands forget how important the live show is. Records need to translate in that setting.
Music has changed because of the way records are sold now. There aren't as many records as sold. It's gone back to the way it was in the '70s. Gold records are a big deal again, and you have to be great live to have a career. That's the way it is now. I love that formula.
"Dead" stands out. What's the story behind that?
Everybody's liking "Dead" [Laughs]. I can't believe it! The story about "Dead" is when I was going to high school I had a real problem with authority figures. There were always teachers and authority figures trying to discourage me from being a musician and getting into music. They always told me I needed to have something to fall back on. I never understood that even as a young man. I just thought that if you love something you should do nothing but jump into it and be the best you can be at it. They seemed to always discourage me from going after my dreams. They were always telling me my generation's dead and we're not going to amount to anything. It's probably because I would come to school visibly intoxicated [Laughs]. I was kind of a wake and a baker. I think that might've been part of it, looking back. It's a big fuck-you to all those people.
Did you know from the get-go that would be the final track?
I put the sequence together and Keith said all he wanted was to start the record with "All Night Long" and end it with "Dead." I was like, "That's a good idea!"
If All Night Long were a movie or a combination of movies, what would it be?
Wow, damn, that's a good question! Let me think…God, I don't know [Laughs]. I think "All Night Long" would be good in an action film. It would be really cool for some kind of crazy sequence in the nighttime of course. I'm a huge NASCAR fan, and they do a lot of the races at night. I was like, "It's the perfect theme song for a night race or Monday Night Football." I want to get something going with that song. We wanted to bring back the cowbell with "All Night Long." The cowbell has been lost, and it's a beautiful piece of percussion that needed to come back. We wanted to go big with the cowbell on that song.
What's your favorite song on All Night Long?
My favorite song is "Oh My Lord." I think it's quintessential Buckcherry. It's got a great melodic hook. I love the space in the song and the nasty guitar riff and groove. The chorus clubs you like a great AC/DC chorus. That's why I love the song. It's just fun. I think chicks could get their groove on to it too. It's just going to be a fun song live.
You're one of the few bands that still has girls in the audience. That's a lost art in modern rock.
I know! All of the bands I love—the guys wanted to be them and the girls wanted to eff them [Laughs]. When you went to the rock show, you went there to hook up with chicks, party, forget about your day-to-day life and have a good time. There are a lot of bands in rock that are bitching about our not-so bad lives, and it's getting a little ridiculous. This is supposed to be a good time. It's time to get crazy.
Have you heard "All Night Long?"