Out of the bush

Little Bushman.
Little Bushman.
Little Bushman's frontman Warren Maxwell says he is looking forward bringing the Bushman posse to Otago and says people can expect a blend of new and old tunes.

"We have included a couple of new songs in our set from the up-and-coming album due for release this summer. We are also bringing a lighting technician along with us, so we are trying to embrace the full sensory escapism.

"But mostly the full palette of sonic textures that we hope will satisfy the hungriest connoisseur of psychedelic blues."

Little Bushman are: drums, Rick Cranson; guitars, Joe Callwood; electric and acoustic bass, Tom Callwood; vocals, keyboards, and guitar, Warren Maxwell.

Maxwell says musically he has come a long way since he played with the band Trinity Roots.

"Instead of being largely influenced by reggae, Little Bushman draws inspiration from the pop/rock of the late '60s - David Bowie, Pink Floyd, Hendrix, Led Zeppelin, Cream.

"Lyrically, the subject matter would have been derived from the same source - opinions, thoughts of the day, world events etc. So I guess you could say they could be related but more as distant cousins.

"With both groups I like to think that we write/compose from a New Zealand perspective as well, which keeps us unique to elsewhere in the world."

He says the band's eyes are set firmly across the ditch.

"We are focusing a lot of our energy towards Australia at the moment. We have been over there twice and received some positive feedback. I think the Aussie rock market would warm to us a lot faster (more boguns maybe)."

However, the band also has something on the highbrow horizon, as well.

"We are performing with the NZSO this October and recording the concert so we will be releasing that mid-2010."

If that wasn't enough, the father of two and the band are working on an album.

"We have been working in my studio for the past few months writing the new album. It feels more mature than the last two."

Maxwell has also been working on a few songs with Jon Toogood from Shihad on his solo album.

So his future goes something like: "Finish the album, NZSO in October, Australia in November, release the album, then play at summer festivals, and do it all over again. I love my job."

See them
Friday August 21, Queenstown, Revolver, doors open at 8pm
Saturday August 22, Dunedin, Refuel, doors open at 8pm
Sunday August 23, Oamaru Penguin Club, doors open at 7pm

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