EP Review: Buckcherry – “F*ck”
This one sets the alarm bells ringing pretty early. The Fuck EP is the latest release from self styled rock and roll rebels Buckcherry, and all of the tracks contained within have one unifying theme; namely, the word ‘fuck’ in the song title. Now, don’t get me wrong. This reviewer enjoys a well deployed profanity as much as the next hard rockin’ guy or gal. But scanning the song titles on this six track offering, you can’t help but be left with the impression that this collection of songs will have all the skill and subtlety of a young child discovering rude words for the first time.
Buckcherry set their stall out early and in typically uncompromising fashion. Opener Somebody Fucked With Me sees singer Josh Todd doing his best Axl Rose impersonation and reeling off a list of those who can go fuck themselves, including his parents and his teachers. With the best will in the world, it comes across like a teenager having a temper tantrum.
Some songs on Fuck work better than others. Motherfucker is a suitably sleazy piece of riffage, loaded with sunset strip swagger and a killer chorus. Their cover of Icona Pop’s I Love It, cunningly re-titled Say Fuck It, has to be heard to be believed, for absurdity alone. The end result is so ludicrous that it can’t help but bring a smile to the face and they even manage to shoehorn in a reference to one of their biggest hits, Crazy Bitch. But in other places, such as the plodding, pedestrian I Don’t Give A Fuck, Buckcherry seem to have been so desperate to appear controversial they forgot to bother writing any tunes to back up the attitude.
It’s A Fucking Disaster changes the pace somewhat, alternating between up-tempo rock and more moody, atmospheric sections before proceedings are brought to a close in frantic fashion by … ahem … Fist Fuck, a two and a half minute blast of buzzsaw punk guitars and decidedly questionable lyrics. Overall, the end results sound forced. You can’t help but be left with the feeling that Buckcherry have spent more time thinking about hitting the headlines with this release than they have pleasing their fans.
If you are looking to switch off your brain for twenty minutes and rock out and ‘rude’ words still provide you with an endless source of entertainment, then there is plenty of big, dumb fun to be had on Fuck. On the other hand, if you are after something with a bit more substance, this may not be the EP for you. Hey, either way, I’m sure Buckcherry won’t give a fuck.