Josh Todd: vocals
Keith Nelson: guitar
Stevie D.: guitar
Jimmy Ashhurst: bass
Xavier Muriel: drums

Buckcherry thrives on the fringe. The Los Angeles quintet doesn't play by the rules, and they certainly don't intend to start anytime soon. Merging punk grit, gutter attitude, honest storytelling, and razor sharp hooks, the group remains rebellious in every way. There's no formula. There's no agenda. There's no filter. There's no stopping. There's just rock 'n' roll. Isn't that the way it's supposed to be?

Well, that was the idea from the moment Josh Todd (vocals) and Keith Nelson (guitar) serendipitously met in a Southern California tattoo shop in 1995. Shortly after their chance encounter, the duo began cutting tracks in the vocalist's bedroom on a four-track recorder with a small drum machine, and a no-frills approach to making music was solidified early on.

"Buckcherry is really about two worlds colliding," declares the singer. "Growing up in Orange County, all of my first records were punk rock. Minor Threat, Subhumans, GBH, and Black Flag had a huge impact on me, whereas Keith comes from a classic rock background. I brought all of this energy and chaos to the table, while he added a sense of structure. We wanted to make true rock 'n' roll without a lot of bells and whistles."

Nelson echoes that sentiment. "We meet in the middle. Writing songs is something that we take very seriously, and we continually try to get better at the craft. At the same time, there's a punk spirit of letting it rip and not overthinking everything too much. There are many facets to this band and we insist on exploring all of them on every record and at every show."

That dangerous diversity is why the group instantly resonated with listeners worldwide when their self-titled debut dropped in 1999. The album eventually reached gold status and spawned the immortal party anthem "Lit Up." It's a ballsy gem of a tune that still gets everybody from heshers to housewives all riled up. Two years after their debut, these individuals managed to up the ante in terms of edginess with their sophomore effort Time Bomb.

Unleashing 15 in 2006, Buckcherry became an international platinum-selling phenomenon and radio mainstay. "Crazy Bitch" galvanized the outfit with another sexy, scuzzy romping crowd pleaser, while the album's fifth single "Sorry" saw massive crossover success. It reached #9 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #8 on the Billboard Pop 100. As a result, 15 has moved over one million copies in the United States alone, and the band's stateside sales-to-date overall surpass 2.8 million.

Simultaneously, Buckcherry embedded themselves in the collective pop culture consciousness via their unflinching posture and impeccable songwriting. Global brands including ESPN, WWE, NASCAR, and more have sought them out for partnerships, and they've been featured on high-profile soundtracks such as The Avengers. Online, they've racked up over 25 million YouTube/VEVO views and 480k Facebook likes as well as 50k Twitter followers. Becoming a star in his own right, Todd has appeared in a bevy of critically acclaimed films and television shows including Eagle Eye, xXx, The Salton Sea, Bones, and The Shield to name a few.

Live, these five musicians can bring any crowd to its feet. Barely ever taking a break, the band relentlessly tours every corner of the world from the U.S. and South America to Germany, Japan, Australia, and the UK. Whether they're playing the Bamboozle festival alongside Bon Jovi, headlining the Ink-N-Iron festival featuring Misfits and Pennywise, or playing Sturgis, everybody ends up singing along.

"We never feel out of place," smiles Nelson. "We've played with everybody from AC/DC to Slipknot. We have a passion to get it right and deliver every time. There's also something for everybody."

Todd goes on, "We deliver every night because we give a shit. Per record, we put in about 300 shows on average. Nothing else matters except being on stage."

They certainly have quite the catalog to draw from when they hit the stage. 2008's Black Butterfly boasted the radio favorite "Too Drunk," while the title track from All Night Long remains a crowd pleaser. However, their upcoming sixth album, 2013's Confessions, stands out as what promises to be a completely immersive experience. A thematic record based on the seven deadly sins, it is part of a larger vision that includes a film of the same name that was penned by Todd, and is based on the trials and tribulations of his childhood and transformation into adulthood. Song-wise, it's every bit the Buckcherry that millions have come to love; thematically, it's another new beginning that's bound to shake audiences to their core.

In the end, Buckcherry continues to resonate because they're so unabashedly honest on tape and on stage. "It's a real rock 'n' roll band," says Nelson. "You get 100 percent of what we are and what we're about. We don't apologize for it."

"I want people to walk away feeling like they're part of a club," concludes Todd. "I want them to leave feeling connected in every way. It's not about just going to a show or listening to a record, it's about getting into a whole movement. I hope we can give the world that."

Rick Florino, July 2012

Monster Truck

The term Rock n' Roll gets thrown around pretty haphazardly. One can go as far as stating it's been bastardized to the point of being unrecognizable, ironically shouted on stages worldwide, and classified dead or MIA by the very musicians that once upheld its standard.

Enter Monster Truck. There's something comforting about a band name that delivers exactly what you expect to hear. Born in 2009 from the ashes of various Canadian Indie bands, Monster Truck began as a sonic affront to the very industry its members were bred from. After feeling more like cogs in the music industry machine, Jon Harvey (bass & lead vocals), Jeremy Widerman (guitar & vocals), Brandon Bliss (organ & vocals) and Steve Kiely (drums & vocals) broke free to forge their own path, answering only to themselves. "It was admittedly a bit selfish from the get-go as we only were looking to please ourselves," laughs Widerman. Their unabashed approach to making and performing music became infectious. "We just wanted to mix all of our favorite hard rock, punk and classic rock favourites into something raw and basic," states Widerman, almost as if to suggest that no one had done it to his liking yet. The band was doing something right. A ground swell of regional fans quickly began rushing to any local venue to see the band perform live. Rock n' Roll is clearly not dead.Offers began to pile up for Hamilton, Ontario's prodigious sons, and the band soon realized they had to make a decision to jump in hip deep and take the record label and tour offers more seriously. "The decision was probably easier than I'd like to admit," adds Widerman, suggesting they were probably all kidding themselves thinking they weren't willing to make sacrifices once again in an attempt to make music for a living. What started as a fun and albeit 'selfish' musical side-project, quickly gained momentum and took on a life of its own. Monster Truck self-released a self-titled EP produced by Gus Van Go & Werner F (The Stills, Preistess, Hollerado) in 2010 and followed up with The Brown EP (2011) produced by Eric Ratz (Billy Talent, Cancer Bats, Three Days Grace) on Indie powerhouse Dine Alone Records. The Brown EP aggressively showcased the band's ability to keep a firm grasp in the classic roots that enabled them, while staying contemporary and true to their vast influences. Singles "Seven Seas Blues" and "Righteous Smoke" became runaway hits reaching Top 10 on Canadian Rock radio and true to their notorious maxim "Don't F*ck With The Truck", the band hit the road with a vengeance. Tours included a 2011 cross-Canada sold-out run with The Sheepdogs. Additional tours followed in 2012 when Monster Truck was handpicked to open for Slash on his North American tour, as well as sold-out dates in support of legends Deep Purple.
After an unexpected, yet highly successful year of relentless touring, Monster Truck returned home hell bent to record a full-length album. Over the course of 2 months, the guys put together 12 original songs showcasing not only their determination to continue churning out heart-pounding rock tracks, but that also highlighted another dimension to the band's songwriting and performance. The result is their debut full-length LP aptly titled Furiosity



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