Buckcherry frontman Josh Todd is all amped up and ready to go with his brand new band Josh Todd & The Conflict and their highly anticipated debut album “Year of the Tiger.” The band takes Todd in a heavier direction with longtime friend and
Buckcherry bandmate Stevie D on guitar, Greg Cash on bass and Sean Winchester on drums. From the bombastic opening sounds of the title track, the band is at the top of their game with Todd vowing to “set the world on fire,” a lofty goal and one
which he most definitely will accomplish when the rock world gets their hands on this record.

The sound is fiery and intense with heavy riffs courtesy of Stevie D on “Inside” and “Fucked Up” and driving rhythms from Cash and Winchester providing a rock solid backbone throughout most notably on “The Conflict.” Todd’s distinctive vocals are
sounding better than ever especially on the bluesy stomp of the standout track  “Rain.” The soft acoustic guitar provides a warm and welcoming feel as the band changes things up with the ballad “Good Enough.” A pleasant surprise was a very cool
cover version of Prince’s “Erotic City” before the record closes out strong with the rocking melodies of “Push It” and the hard hitting “Atomic.”

According to the Chinese Zodiac, the next Year of the Tiger won’t be until 2022 but it’s clear from this album that the Year of Josh Todd & The Conflict is about to start in fine fashion.



About The Author Kris Engelhart

I am a small business owner, freelance writer, and part-time piano instructor in Charlotte, NC. My musical career started at the age of five when I was forced into taking piano lessons. I played flute in the school band and added the guitar as a young teen. There is nothing I would rather do than be at a live show. My first concert was Shaun Cassidy at the Memorial Auditorium in Buffalo in 1978.
My top five live shows ever are:

1. Bruce Springsteen and the E-Street Band – Memorial Auditorium, Buffalo, NY 1984- They played for 3 ½ hours and it was awesome.

2. Carolina Rebellion- Metrolina Expo Grounds, Charlotte, NC, May, 2011 – The first ever Carolina Rebellion featured over 15 bands with Avenged Sevenfold headlining. Non-stop music for over 12 hours.
3. Chevelle- Food Lion Speed Street, Charlotte, NC, May, 2008 – The first time I ever saw Chevelle live and I was hooked!
4. Skillet with Red- Bojangle’s Coliseum, Charlotte, NC, April, 2010 – Skillet is one of my favorite bands and they totally kick it live.
5. 106.5 The End’s Weenie Roast #9- Verizon Wireless Amiptheater, Charlotte, NC , October, 2003- Featured Staind, Shinedown, Three Days Grace.