Buckcherry Unleash Cover of Nine Inch Nails' 'Head Like a Hole': Premiere

Mike McMillen
Buckcherry

Buckcherry is previewing its eighth studio album with a dip into another band's catalog.

The California hard rock troupe is releasing a version of Nine Inch Nails' "Head Like a Hole," premiering exclusively below, which will be part of the follow-up to 2015's Rock 'n' Roll expected out next year. Frontman Josh Todd tells Billboard that the cover "happened really organically. We were in the studio making the record, just kind of going through some old songs while they were setting up. We jammed it out the first time and it was like, boom, automatically sounded right as if we'd written it, which is what we always want to achieve when we do a cover.

"Our producer Mike Plotnikoff was recording the whole time and said, 'Hey, why don't you guys come in and hear this?' He put up a little rough mix of it and we were like, 'Wow, this sounds really good. We should do it.'"

Todd notes that "Head Like a Hole" is "really in my wheelhouse" as a singer. "It's hard for me to sing cover songs if I don't really believe in the lyrics or it feels weird as far as where it sits in my range," he explains. "But this is such a great song, and I love the lyrics. It means a lot to me...To me it's about being a slave to money and doing anything for it and greed and all that stuff. That's how I look at it at least."

Todd has never met Nine Inch Nails leader Trent Reznor but has been told that Reznor is actually a Buckcherry fan. "If that's the truth, that would be amazing," Todd says. "He's so talented and he's really been a guy that's kind of paved his way with his own thing. I always respect that. There's not a lot of bands that stay true to who they are throughout their whole career, and I think he's one of those guys."

More details about Buckcherry's new album are expected before the end of the year. The set marks the first time the group has worked with Plotnikoff since 2005's 15, which was Buckcherry's last platinum album.