F-Bomb Records/Caroline Australia
Release Date: Out Now
Review by Dave Griffiths
Buckcherry’s F**k EP may well be one of the surprises of 2015. When you pick up an album and realise that its concept is for the band to try and put the word f**k into every song and its title your first thought is of a young high school band wanting to ‘shock’ those around them… not of a band that has been doing this for twenty years now.
But is so often the case looks can be deceiving. Buckcherry know how to write great sounding tracks. Anyone that has ever heard their album Time Bomb will tell you that, and let’s face it there is a reason why so many producers have decided to include their tracks on soundtracks over the years.
Now this is where I tell you that the F**k EP is a little gem (I mean little as it only runs for a tad over 20 minutes in length) and if you a fan of bands like Pennywise and The Offspring then you should be making a beeline to get this album into your collection as quickly as possible.
The album kicks off the insidiously addictive Somebody F**ked With Me, which somehow sees Buckcherry capture an old NOFX sound and basically tell everything (government, religion etc.) to go and get f**cked while somehow making the track so catchy that has real potential to take off. Considering it contains the lines f**k my parents, f**k my teachers I’m guessing that the track is guaranteed to get plenty of airplay in teenager’s bedrooms right around the world.
Buckcherry’s infectious tunes then continue with a catchy parody of that damn annoying Icona Pop track I Love It (I Don’t Care), which sees Buckcherry infuse the term ‘f**k it’ and change the title to Say F**k It. It seems pretty juvenile but to Buckcherry’s credit they make the song so damn catchy that you are guaranteed to be humming it for days.
Then it seems like Buckcherry go through adolescence and grow up because F**k EP then takes a very different tact. Motherf**cker really feels like the band just want to get some anger out and tell a few people how they feel as they try to kept he dream alive. Meanwhile I Don’t Give A F**k sees the introduction of a very funky bass line from Xavier Muriel and the rest of the band follows suit bringing a whole new sound to the album.
Buckcherry then finish off the F**k EP with It’s A F**king Disaster, a thought provoking smooth rock track that reflects on losing friends and the fast paced Fist F**k that sees the band return to their brutal punk-like sound that they like to pull out from time to time.
While a concept album that features a band trying to fit the word f**k into every song may sound like a bit of a disaster Buckcherry actually manage to deliver an EP that is guaranteed to stay in the stereo for a few multiple plays.