Buckcherry vocalist Josh Todd on his father’s suicide and the new albumBy Paige Montgomery | February 25th, 2013 | 2 comments
The seven deadly sins is by no means a groundbreaking theme for an album â but few bands are as worthy as Buckcherry to tackle it. Discovered in the depths of the Sunset Strip, the Hollywood rock band has been making records about getting loaded since the â90s and their sixth studio album (which was released on Feb 19.) continues the trend. However, this time around vocalist Josh Todd dug even deeper into his troubled past to make âConfessionsâ the most personal album to date.
Todd opened up to Reverb about the personal experiences that inspired the concept album, including his fatherâs suicide, and his latest ventureâmaking movies.
Buckcherry is currently supporting Kid Rock as special guests on the Rebel Soul tour through April 6, with additional worldwide tour dates to be announced. No Colorado date has been announced.
Reverb: A lot of bands have done the seven deadly sins thing before. How did you take that concept and make it your own?
Todd: Itâs just been done so many times, but Keith (guitar) and I have been wanting to do it for a couple years now and make it into an LP. I came up with the idea of âseven sins and four elementsâ, thatâs where songs like âWaterâ came from, and then I was writing a screenplay on my own at the time. I condensed it down to a short film, and thatâs where it just slowly started becoming more of a theme concept where the record was the soundtrack for the movie and when you saw the movie it brought you back to the record. Itâs a great script. We have the casting, we have the directorâweâre just trying to get the funds together right now.
Reverb: Will you make a cameo in the film?
I play a Catholic priest.
Yeah. The storyâs about a kid who comes home to find out his dad committed suicide. During the grieving process he acts out the seven sins and he needs help from this Catholic priest at his dadâs funeral. This tattoo-covered Catholic priest is a recovered drug addict and alcoholic who found God and [the kid] finds comfort in him.
Why did the band choose âGluttonyâ as the first sin and first single off of âConfessionsâ?
We wanted to lead with a sin, of course. You need an up-tempo song to start out with, ya knowâyou donât want to start out with a slow song. It was just the best up-tempo sin.
âGluttonyâ is obviously about excess and thatâs definitely something Buckcherry is known for. Is this song about your lifestyle in the past or are there still excesses in your life right now that inspired this track?
I mean, people struggle with one if not all the sins throughout their lifetime. Theyâre timeless and itâs such a fun subject to dive into, especially from a lyrical standpoint. I had a lot of fun tackling it and bringing it out in song. But at the end of the day we just wanted to make a great rock ân roll recordâa great Buckcherry record.
Was there one sin in particular that you were the most excited about tackling?
My favorite ones on the record are âGreedâ and âPrideâ. Iâm really happy with the lyrics and I feel like they really serve the sins. All the sins are great but I think those two are really poetic and cool.
âSlothâ covers a more sensitive subject. Is this the first time youâve written about your fatherâs suicide?
Iâve done it before but none of the songs have reached the public. It was just the right time, ya know? Itâs our sixth record and it was the time to tell my story. I had to go back to that day, that was really tough for me, but when I hear the song I really love it. When I was doing research on the sins I found that the most âslothfulâ act was suicide so Iâm like, all rightâIâm going to choose this day and this time in my life and go for it. I really have no boundaries and I think its all right.
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