BUCKCHERRY interview. New album, ‘Hellbound’ out June 25th.

Website format I spoke with Stevie D from BUCKCHERRY, about lockdown, songwriting, recording the new album in Nashville, shooting video clips in UFO country, you know stuff like that.
The new album is called ‘Hellbound’ and will be out June 25th.
Check it all out below.



20210513 Buckcherry transcriptMAL-
Let's get into it, what's been happening with you guys? You were on the road when it all turned to shit weren't you?
STEVIE-
Well, I suspect you're talking about quarantine and covid. (Yeah,) but we had already been home for a few weeks and I believe we ended our tour with Australia and Japan, and we were already home for the month of January and then we did a few shows here and there but we were slated to go out by I think it was April and March, they shut everything down. So we were at home planning to go out and they all shut down and it shut down for the next year.
MAL-
What did that do to the band? Did you use the time straight away to write and record? Because we didn't know how long things were going to be down at that stage, did we?
STEVIE-
Yeah, what we did is Josh and I started writing for the album which is now 'Hellbound'. We came up with through 2020. We started writing, we came up with about 20 songs and and then got more focused and went to Nashville and started writing with Marty Fredrickson and he took the existing songs and helped shape them into what they are now. And then we also wrote from scratch a few more. So yeah, that's kind of where we're 2020 took us. But, you know the silver lining is that we came up with some amazing music.
MAL-
Absolutely, you did, I've heard the album. I've managed to hear it last night. Excellent stuff. Tell us about some of the songs on the album. It starts off with a kicker '54321'. Tell us about that one for starters.
STEVIE-
That one, well, here in my studio in Los Angeles and I remember talking to Marty on the phone and about Sex Pistols and how he kind of missed that element, that punk element in BUCKCHERRY and he hadn't heard it on a few albums. And so I just got to play my guitar, came up with a riff, and then Josh came over and is that one's pretty simple straightforward. The instrumentation and the arrangement are still the same from the demo but just more extra power in the studio over at Marty's.
MAL-
Any other tracks on there that you want to expand on? I like Josh's performance, especially on 'Wasting No More Time'.
STEVIE-
Yeah, 'Wasting No More Time' and songs like 'The Way', I think show the growth as songwriters, BUCKCHERRY as songwriters, the same with 'No More Lies', because I don't think that they would normally be on BUCKCHERRY albums, but I do think that they're consistent and cohesive with the other rockers on the album. It still sounds like us. It still fits the album as a whole, but it just adds another dimension that I'm not sure that we had before.
MAL-
I've seen the video for 'So Hott'. What else is happening in that sort of realm as far as videos and singles go?
STEVIE-
We decided to not go to dadio and just stayed social media. And so what we did to kick everything off is we filmed three videos and the first being 'So Hott' which you've seen, the second will be for 'Hellbound' which was out of a warehouse in Las Vegas, and then the third single is going to be 'Ain't Wasting No More Time' which was filmed in a ghost town, Just about an hour outside of Las Vegas and it used to be an old mining town, and it's been rumored that a lot of UFOs go there and aliens live underneath in the old mine shafts. But what we did is we filmed out in the desert and amongst an abandoned church and abandoned cars and the producer, the director of the video also brought in Cirque de Soleil dancers. So they'll be they're out there as well. So it should be a pretty fun video. The the director's name is Kastertroy, or Kurtis from Level 8 Studios.
MAL-
Excellent. Let's talk about live streams. How do you feel about them?
STEVIE-
I think, you know, they serve their purpose, they were definitely crucial during the quarantine when you couldn't do shows. I think it's a way to see your favorite artist in a different light. We did one and I think everyone did one or two or maybe, even three or several videos. I don't think it's the best way to see a band or an artist. But during that time during last year, it was definitely a good way to stay connected.
MAL-
How are things opening up over there now? Are they, in fact, opening up and where do you see the immediate future in that regard, with regard to live performances?
STEVIE-
Is in regard to the live performance. Well, here, it's just getting started. We don't know what's on the other side of it yet. They're just booked the shows and some states are different than others. Meaning some states haven't had restricted time as Los Angeles, something, you know, some states like South Dakota where we just played, had no masks, no social distancing. Their governor didn't tell them to do any of that. And when we played there, there were signs posted, but they didn't follow the rules. There's going to be other states where their masks and stuff that we've done other shows and Arenas where they're socially distant and they're fine too it's just is not as crowded. We'll see. I'm not sure how it's all going to go down but we're definitely going to do our part. I know one thing we can control is us and we can't control them. So we're going to see how it all plays out. You know, we're going to show up with our masks and vaccinated and, and do our part. I'm feeling good about the numbers going down. And we'll still keep going as the tour progresses.
MAL-
It's a very frustrating time in our existence, isn't it?
STEVIE-
Yeah, I don't know what else to do. You know what I mean? Like, this is how we provide for our families. This is what we do to make a living. So I want to keep going and you know everyone's got a different take on it, different states have different takes, a lot of people don't want to be told what to do, a lot of people feel like they're being sheep if they wear masks and get vaccinated, but I don't know, all I know is that I want to go play music. I'd like to be able to play music to make my living and and provide for my family, you know. We're looking forward to coming back out to Australia. The album comes out June 25th. If there's anything you want to know about BUCKCHERRY like what colour vinyl is coming out and what's sold out already, you can just go to go to BUCKCHERRY.com or Facebook.com/BUCKCHERRY or even Instagram BUCKCHERRY and all your questions and needs will be met there.
MAL-
Did you have a good time on that tour with HARDCORE SUPERSTAR a couple of years ago? It sure looked like you did, we did.
STEVIE-
Fuck yes. You know HARDCORE SUPERSTAR you know with Jocke and the gang, they're all amazing human beings we get on with them. We're thick as thieves as they say, and we're similar bands, similar music, there's no competition thing there, we just like hanging out and all that. So I had a blast, I would tour with them again, just tell me when and where, you know, but I love those guys and it seems that the Australian audiences really connected with the bill, you know, the two bands.
MAL-
Yeah, the gig I saw, it was just a really good night. It was a really good night, two perfectly matched bands and good crowd out there and they all got into it and everyone had a great time.
STEVIE-
Yeah I mean not that, you know, we've toured over there with STEEL PANTHER or FOZZY and it's not like, you know, those were great too. I just you know, HARDCORE SUPERSTAR, you know we're pretty close with them as far as friendship goes, we're looking to being out there with you guys again soon. And don't forget about June 25th.
MAL-
Yeah, excellent album. New album, from BUCKCHERRY. June 25th, really good luck with it. Hope things clear up well. Hope you're back on the road soon, and good health to you and your family.
STEVIE-
Thank you, thank you. Thank you. All the same to you. You take care.

Buckcherry will release their 9th studio album Hellbound on June 25th. The 10-track record was produced by Marti Frederiksen, who previously produced the band's 4th album, Black Butterfly, and co-wrote one of their biggest hits ‘Sorry.’ Frederiksen co-wrote the majority of the album along with vocalist Josh Todd and guitarist Stevie D. The album was recorded in Nashville in November 2020.
Hellbound represents the first album released by Buckcherry and their new label partners, Round Hill Records in North America, Earache Records in the UK, Europe, and Australia, and Sony Japan in Japan. Pre-Orders for Hellbound begin today with multiple bundle options including exclusive new merch designs and limited-edition smoke vinyl: https://lnk.to/BC_Hellbound

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