JOSH TODD

JOSH TODD

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The band's debut release, 'YOU MADE ME' is a sonic blast of full throttled bad ass rock and roll that pulls no punches. Once you hit play and the kick in the teeth rocker, "Mind Infection" shoots out of your speakers your senses are blasted with a shot of adrenaline that will get your juices flowing

Biography

Josh Todd has never had a problem measuring up, and you can bet the lucky 13 songs on the singer's first post-Buckcherry release, You Made Me, meet Todd's exacting musical standards. While he is justifiably proud of his two discs with platinum-selling, Grammy®-nominated tattooed rockers Buckcherry, "I definitely wanted a fresh, more modern sound for this record and band," Todd says. You Made Me, in stores March 9 (out in Japan via JVC/Victor Entertainment on March 26), features the first single and video, the mid-tempo, hypnotic rocker "Shine," which was "Most Added" at Active Rock in its first two weeks at radio. "I wanted a more melodic record vocally, and I wanted to find young, hungry guys; ones who were willing to take a bullet for the cause," he explains of the lineup's 2002 inception. "So I cold-called an ad in Music Connection magazine. One ad, off the cuff, called while standing at the newsstand! They were a band who had moved to L.A. from Salt Lake City and were looking for a singer. They listed influences as Deftones and At the Drive In--cool bands--so I left a message, and after I did, I was like, 'what did I just do!?'" he recalls with a laugh. "I told my producer, Chris [Johnson], and he said, 'that's so brilliant, it's gonna be great!'" And it was. At the first jam session, "the chemistry was instant," and Todd quickly wrote melodies for two songs over the band's existing music. Three days later, Todd talked with band--Jesse Logan (guitars), Mike Hewitt (guitars), Mark John (bass) and Kent Ross (drums)—about what he envisioned, making sure there were no drug or girlfriend "problems," and stressing his hardcore work ethic, which the band soon adopted, rehearsing every day, each member meshing as an equal and becoming an integral part of a well-oiled rock 'n' roll machine. Adopting the band name Josh Todd—and it IS a band, not a solo outing—the quintet rehearsed daily, soon working up 30 memorable songs toward their debut. "It's a neat combo; my experience and their excitement," reflects Todd. "They have really good chops. I always like throwing things together that don’t really make sense into a pot and seeing what happens. We're all really open to everybody's ideas. And we've come up with our own sound."

The songs on You Made Me are a product of a particularly prolific writing period that began right after Buckcherry ended. Of his state of mind then, Todd recalls: "I wasn't angry. I did a lot of inner work on my decision to end the band; it wasn't 'fuck all these people.' So since I'm a workaholic, I've been writing for two years solid! In 2002, I wrote 20 songs with Keith [Nelson, guitarist] for the third Buckcherry CD that never happened, then we met the Guns N' Roses guys and wrote nine songs together as a band, so that's 29 songs. I knew I had to move on from that situation, and wrote 30 with my new band, plus nine songs with Muggs from Cypress Hill, and two of those got on his record."

Inspiration was clearly not a problem. "I had been in a situation that was so not right for such a long period of time, that by the time I got with these guys, it was so easy and so exciting." Several songs on You Made Me are inspired by outside events, yet with Todd, it's always personal as well. "I think songs are pieces of emotions. Music either makes me want to kick somebody's ass, cry or go out drinking. That's what I try to do. I listen to music and it takes me down a road. I read a lot and I write down a lot of titles." The haunting and epic song "Lovely Bones," in fact, was inspired by the best-selling book of the same name. Todd, a true crime freak, is obsessed with the TV show "Forensic Files," and the lyrics to the song "Burn," are loosely based on a true episode from the show. "The wife poisoned her husband, slowly, to death, but I thought, 'how great would it be if he was drunk, he passed out and she burned him alive?!'" reveals Todd. "It'd make a great video; I even wrote the treatment. On more personal songs, it's easy for me to access things from my personal life and word it such a way that I can really become attached to it, so when I sing I'm super-passionate about it."

He's super-passionate about the new situation, band and CD. "I just wanted a fresh, new start," Todd furthers, "All the guys are in their very early to mid-20s. I've always been the youngest guy in all my bands, so now I'm on the other side of the coin, which is cool. Starting fresh, I knew I was going to have to humble myself, but I was like, 'bring it on; I just want to be happy.' And along came [manager/business partner] Todd Meagher, and we got into business. He's a forward-thinking guy, has a songwriting background, and he works his ass off. He and I are the perfect combination." You Made Me is released via a partnership between TODD Entertainment LLC and XSRecords and is scheduled to be distributed throughout the United States and Canada by the Navarre Corporation.

As for the stellar sound of You Made M

Lyrics

SHINE

Written By: JOSH TODD

In your Eyes, I see that something's wrong
In your mind, you think I've gone too far
And you try, try to think of all the reasons
Now you sit and watch the flower die

Shine halos and look whats happened
Shine hands through the water blackened
Be back home again, be back home again, be back home again

It's alright, cause we'll do it all night long
It takes time, just stay inside my arms
And you try, try to think of all the reasons
Now you stand with water in your eyes

(CHORUS)

In the back of my mind I put you together
Got the shine your light as a feather
You say there's nothing better, we got so much time

Hold tight we cut through the meadow
Make it back to watch the sun go
You say there's nothing better, we got so much time
Shine shine shine shine

(CHORUS)

FLOWERS & CAGES

Written By: JOSH TODD

The battle has just begun!
The battle has just begun ! Art of war !
Open up your dreams and find a way
Awake the morning screaming in your face
Feel the poison sweeping through your veins
I'll lay you down, I'll lay you down

Flowers and cages heaven and earth freedom
Flowers and cages avail yourself
Seven sins found and no, you're not the first
Six feet down flowers and cages

Safe in my cocoon beneath the waves
A colorful description of your fate
I smell the flowers sometimes in the air I'll lay you down, I'll lay you down

(CHORUS)

The battle has just begun! Art of war !
Seize the moment standing in the way
The picture doesn't quite fit in the frame
Out of turn you talk without a sound
I'll lay you down, I'll lay you down

(CHORUS)

Awake the morning screaming in your face
Seize the moment standing in the way
I smell the flowers sometimes in the air
Art of War !

BROKEN

Written By: JOSH TODD

Love Dead! Love Dead! Love Dead!

Pills in your mouth my love dead
It's a shame everything got broken
Tours on the couch my love dead
It's a shame everything got broken

I'm in a fog
I'm in the silence of the empty
There's nothing wrong, I just get quiet when I'm thinking

Open up yourself open says me, stuck inside yourself 'till you can't breathe

(Chorus)

I'll come alone, so you can do your best to tempt me
It's getting cold, let's step inside before we both freeze

(Pre-Chorus)-(Chorus)

Love Dead! Love Dead! Love Dead!
Love Dead! Love Dead! Love Dead!

(Pre-Chorus)-(Chorus)

Discography

YOU MADE ME-released 3/09/04
"Shine" is impacting radio now.

LIVE FOOTAGE of JOSH TODD:

http://www.joshtodd.com/circles.wmv

Set List

BLAST
BURN
SLAVE
AFRAID
MIND INFECTION
BROKEN
FLOWERS AND CAGES
CIRCLES
THE WALLS
WASTED
LIT-UP
CATASTROPHE
SHINE

(Set is 50 minutes in length)