Blue Oyster Cold Guitarist Says ‘Songwriting Is Like Pulling Teeth To Me’ And Explains Why

Blue Oyster Cult guitarist Buck Dharma opened up about the songwriting process during an appearance on The Sessions, and apparently, writing a song is similar to pulling a tooth according to Dharma since starting to write is always the hardest part for him.

As many of you know, Blue Oyster Cult had 19 years apart between their most recent studio album, ‘The Symbol Remains’ and the previous one, ‘Curse of the Hidden Mirror’ which was a huge pressure for the band members since their fans had huge expectations considering the time gap and the legacy of the band.

Due to the fact that the band’s fourteenth studio album, ‘Curse of the Hidden Mirror’ which was released on June 5, 2001, was a commercial failure, Blue Oyster Cult was dropped by their label, Sanctuary Records. As a result, the band did not release another studio album for nearly 20 years, until the latest recording.

The fifteenth studio album ‘The Symbol Remains which was released on October 9, 2020, received a positive reception from critics, especially a track from the album, ‘The Alchemist’ was praised particularly thanks to its references to the H.P. Lovecraft short story with the same title.

During a recent interview, Blue Oyster Cult guitarist and songwriter was asked about the recent album, especially about the songwriting process which is mostly his duty. Apparently, Buck Dharma feels the same about songwriting and pulling a tooth since he always finds it hard to start the process.

In addition to this, Buck Dharma revealed that he often creates a track whenever there’s a demand rather than writing a song when there’s an inspiration. As well as opening up about songwriting, he also revealed his opinions about the latest studio album and stated that the band is proud of the finished product despite having a great deal of pressure on them during the creation.

Here is what Dharma said:

Songwriting is like pulling teeth to me. It’s not that it’s hard, but it’s hard for me to get started, I’m not really terribly prolific. I usually create stuff on demand – if there’s a demand for it, I’ll do it. Blue Oyster Cult hadn’t made a record in 20 years, we just made one that came out right at the end of 2020.

That’s the first record we’ve done in two decades, and it was a tremendous effort. We did 14 songs, and we were under a lot of pressure not to stink. I mean, you’re always going to be compared to your legacy stuff, so you had to make a good record. We’re very proud of ourselves because we think we did.”

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