Buckcherry at the Academy – Review and Photos
All ‘Lit Up’ at The Academy, 29 November 2013
Hailing from California, Buckcherry are a band who seemed to miss the boat by about 10 years. Following in the fine tradition of bands like Guns N Roses and Motley Crue, they are still flying the flag for blues based hard rock bands, a cause that seems to have plenty of performers but not so many followers these days, as evidenced by the half empty Academy tonight. They wear their influences on their (heavily tattooed) sleeves; Rolling Stones, AC/DC with a bit of punk thrown in for good measure, but the small turnout seemed to have an effect on the band, with a perceived air of indifference coming from the stage.
Since their eponymous 1999 debut album they have had a lot of ups and downs, even calling it a day for a few years in the 2000’s. But they were given a new lease of life when they regrouped in 2006 scoring their biggest chart hits with ‘Crazy Bitch’ and ‘Sorry’. Things seemed to be on the up, but alas, it wasn’t to be. The everpresent (singer) Josh Todd and (guitarist) Keith Nelson are the main focal points of the band, with the other slots in the band seemingly filled by transient musicians on a never ending basis. The current tour is in promotion of their latest album ‘Confessions’ which focusses on the concept of the seven deadly sins. Launching into top gear straight away with their anthem ‘Lit Up’, we got a mixture of songs from their catalogue including a nod to AC/DC with ‘Big Balls’ and the Stones with ‘Miss You’. Highlight of the night was ‘Crazy Bitch’ which brought a huge response from the sparse crowd and even the band seemed to be enjoying themselves at this stage but it was bringing proceedings to a close by then and the feeling wasn’t to last.
Buckcherry have lots of great songs and a charismatic front man in Josh Todd, a man born to be a rock star if ever there was one. So why the apathy towards bands like Buckcherry? Maybe it’s a lack of promotion, or maybe there just isn’t the demand for this brand of rock n roll anymore. If Buckcherry had been around in the late 80s, you feel that they would have been a big draw and they must feel they deserve a tad more success for their endeavours over the last fifteen or so years. Todd informs the crowd that they’ve been on the road since 1998 and there seems to be an air of resignation accompanying the statement. It must be difficult for bands like Buckcherry to come halfway around the world to play to a half empty club. For all their endeavours and six albums into their career, they seem to have slipped by the radar of most rock music fans. My advice is, if you have an interest in shit-kicking loud rock, then check out a Buckcherry album. The likelihood is though, they won’t be back to Dublin again.
Review by Tony Martin
Photos by Chris Charousset