Hearts & Thieves
1 Union Place
Hartford, CT, 06103
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Buckcherry exude a sleazy, sexy hard rock vibe that pays homage to classic rock 'n' roll tenets: decadence, excess and loose women. Formed in 1995 by frontman Josh Todd and guitarist Keith Nelson in Los Angeles, Buckcherry offer the same danger and strip-club titillation of an earlier L.A. band, Guns N' Roses. In subsequent years, the Buckcherry lineup has fluctuated, but Todd and Nelson have remained the two permanent members.
Igniting on Their Debut:
Buckcherry's 1999 debut, simply titled Buckcherry, established the groundwork for the band's musical style. Drawing from Guns N' Roses and also old-school L.A. punk, but with a more radio-friendly sheen, Buckcherry trafficked in unapologetically good-time rock, a respite from the angst that had dominated most '90s bands. The opening track "Lit Up," Buckcherry's biggest hit, celebrated cocaine with revving riffs, and the rest of the album followed its lead in embracing hedonism without reservation. The album eventually went gold.
A Real 'Bomb':
The band's sophomore release, 2001's Time Bomb, proved to be a critical and commercial disappointment. The bad-boy attitude remained, but the album lacked the combustible singles that made Buckcherry such guilty-pleasure fun. For their part, Buckcherry blamed personnel changes at their floundering label, Dreamworks, for Time Bomb's inability to catch fire.
Buckcherry Take a Break:
After Time Bomb, Buckcherry went on hiatus, and the core members pursued other interests. Todd released a solo album, 2004's meager-selling You Made Me, and he and Nelson worked with former Guns N' Roses members Slash, Duff McKagan, and Matt Sorum, sparking rumors that Todd would be the lead singer of Slash's supergroup Velvet Revolver, a job that eventually went to ex-Stone Temple Pilots singer Scott Weiland.
Call It a Comeback:
When Buckcherry reunited officially for their third album, 2006's 15, Todd and Nelson had parted ways with the rest of the original lineup. 15 proved to be an impressive comeback that ran the gamut of radio formats. "Crazy Bitch" was a hard-stomping sex song supported by a highly suggestive video, while "Sorry" was a sad-eyed acoustic ballad. Spawning a total of five singles, 15 went platinum in the United States and reaffirmed Buckcherry's commercial standing.
In September 2008, Buckcherry released their fourth album, Black Butterfly. The first single, "Too Drunk," takes a page from "Crazy Bitch" with its frank sexual content, but the song demonstrates a more groove-based approach than previous Buckcherry tracks.
'All Night Long':
After releasing their first live album, Live & Loud 2009, in 2009, Buckcherry returned on August 3, 2010 with All Night Long, their fifth studio album. Leading off with the title-track single, the record emphasized hard-rock tunes, but the album also made room for the ballads "I Want You" and "Bliss."
The Southern California alternative rock group Lit set fire to the modern rock scene in early 1999; A Place in the Sun, the quartet's major-label debut, went certified platinum, giving rise to two hit singles, "My Own Worst Enemy" and "Zip Lock." Likewise, the band's third single off the album, "Miserable," was expected to climb modern rock charts as well. As part of the same Orange County music scene that helped launch the careers of groups like Korn and No Doubt, Lit worked hard for their mainstream recognition, spending nearly ten years together earning their "overnight" success. And although the band welcomed their fame and prosperity, they admitted that the idea of radio and MTV (Music Television) stardom seemed somewhat strange. "We're driving through the middle of nowhere in Kansas at three in the morning, and we hear our song come on right after Def Leppard," guitarist Jeremy Popoff told Rolling Stone writer Noah Tarnow. "It's just a little surreal."
The members of Lit, brothers A. Jay Popoff, lead vocalist and songwriter and Jeremy Popoff, guitarist and songwriter; Kevin Baldes, bass guitarist; and drummer, Allen Shellenberger, met while students at the same Anaheim, California, high school. Brought up on large doses of Metallica and Iron Maiden, the foursome started out as a heavy metal band called Razzle--later renamed Stain--and found a loyal following in nearby Los Angeles, selling out shows at famous clubs like the Whiskey, Troubadour, and the Roxy. Around 1990, the foursome officially became Lit and transformed their musical image. Previously a solid rock and roll band, Lit now introduced alternative rock into their music and claimed singers such as Frank Sinatra, in addition to the Foo Fighters and Metallica, as inspirations. "I'd say that the way we like to live is more the Rat Pack [led by Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis, Jr., and Dean Martin] way of life than the Motley Crüe way of life," Jeremy Popoff told David Derby in an interview for Rolling Stone.com.
However, Lit refused to follow the trend of other Orange County-based modern rock groups to revive ska and swing. Instead, the foursome adhered to a blend of rock-driven punk/pop music. "We've just always been a straight rock band," A.J. Popoff mused to Derby, "and I guess that's not always the cool thing to be."
After a 7 year absence, Orange County's Multi-Platinum recording artists LIT have returned to the studio with producer Matt Wallace (Faith No More, OAR, The Replacements, Maroon 5) and producer Butch Walker (Gavin DeGraw, Panic! At The Disco, Dashboard Confessional, Weezer). Lit plans to release a new album in May 2012, but in the meantime, have posted a brand new demo with exclusive video footage for thesong "You Tonight" on www.LitBand.com