Buckcherry lead singer and actor, Josh Todd, had a recent conversation with Australian journalist Steve Mascord and shared his thoughts on 21st-century rock stars, whether he’s up to front the Minor Threat reunion, and more.
Joshua Todd Gruber mostly known as Josh Todd released his ninth studio album with Buckcherry named ‘Hellbound’ via ‘Earache Records‘ on June 25th, 2021, and it’s the band’s first album following ‘Warpaint’ which was released two years ago.
While Chuckberry and Josh still promoting the album, he was hosted by ‘White Line Fever Podcast’ this week and shared his thoughts on the rock music scene since the early 2000s. According to Josh, the new generation musicians are ‘faceless’ and ‘forgettable’ while praising the frontmen in the ’90s like Jonathan Davis, Zack De La Rocha, Eddie Vedder, and late Soundgarden legend Chris Cornell.
In the same conversation, Buckcherry frontman also blamed the Active Rock movement which is a radio format used by most of the stations in the United States. Josh told that listening to ‘Active Radio‘ for forty-five minutes feels like listening to the same band over and over again.
Here is Josh’s statement:
“As far as rock is concerned, I think since the 2000s, it’s been forgettable. You know what I mean? Not that the bands aren’t good and they’re not putting out songs. There’s definitely been careers started after the 2000s in rock music but it’s just kind of, like, faceless.
There’s no rock stars, there’s no guitar stars, there’s no rock singers. If you look in the nineties, look at all the great frontmen. You had Chris Cornell, Layne Staley, Eddie Vedder, Zack de la Rocha and Jonathan Davis and so-on.”
He continued saying:
“The 2000s and on? I couldn’t even tell you who a singer is. It’s so weird. I think it’s because it became this Active Rock movement, right, where everything is tuned down and cut to grid and… Everybody’s playing these samples live and the singers, they all sing the same.
You listen to Active Rock Radio and it sounds like the same band for 45 minutes. There’s no dynamics between bands. There’s no ‘that’s this band’ and ‘that’s that band’ and they all have their own little flavour. It’s not that way anymore and I think that’s why nobody is talking about rock music in the mainstream.
There’s literally one band that they go to commercially if they want to fill that rock slot on some awards show or anything and it’s the Foo Fighters. That’s it. That’s what you get for the entire rock genre. That’s good for them but if you are a rock musician it’s tough.”
You can watch the interview right below.