Buckcherry: Fuck EP

Californians’ punky, potty-mouthed mini-concept album.

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While most rock artists routinely pepper their inter-song audience addresses with F-words as if legally obliged, it’s surprising no one has attempted to pull the trick that Josh Todd’s Anaheim sleaze-rockers have with this six-song mini-album, and use it as a theme.

Despite being a shameless publicity stunt, the resulting tunes are mostly pretty f***ing good. Their rewiring of Icona Pop’s I Love It as So Fuck It is an easy win, but Somebody Fucked With Me channels spiky, staccato rage against various machines and pairs it with a winning chorus.

Motherfucker is a gut-stab of high-octane pop metal, and the hardcore assault of Fist Fuck has a no-holds-barred charm of its own. Their parents might not be so proud of them after this, but you’ll probably appreciate it.

Johnny Sharp

Johnny is a regular contributor to Prog and Classic Rock magazines, both online and in print. Johnny is a highly experienced and versatile music writer whose tastes range from prog and hard rock to R’n’B, funk, folk and blues. He has written about music professionally for 30 years, surviving the Britpop wars at the NME in the 90s (under the hard-to-shake teenage nickname Johnny Cigarettes) before branching out to newspapers such as The Guardian and The Independent and magazines such as Uncut, Record Collector and, of course, Prog and Classic Rock