Nathen Maxwell of Flogging Molly releasing solo album
Music News | Jun 10th, 2009
There comes a time in his life when each and every man needs to express himself, and for Nathen Maxwell that time has come. For the past thirteen years Maxwell has been leaving his heart on stage as the bassist for the seminal Celtic rock band Flogging Molly, one of the biggest touring punk acts in the world. An accomplished songwriter in his own right, Maxwell has contributed songs to Flogging Molly albums in years past, but things progressed differently when the band went into the studio to record Float, their most recent release. “I played these songs for the band and our singer Dave [King] said, “Nate, you’ve got your own story and I really think you should record these songs,'” Maxwell explains. “Once I got his blessing I figured it’d be bad karma not to record and release them.”
In the studio, Maxwell teamed up with long time Flogging Molly producer Ted Hutt (The Gaslight Anthem, Chuck Ragan, Lucero, Bouncing Souls, Street Dogs). “I wanted to record these songs in the most simple and effective way possible,” Maxwell explains, “my guitar playing is very limited to rhythm and my rhythms are really limited to certain strumming patterns and a reggae skank, but aside from that it was really about whatever came naturally.” The result is a refreshingly stripped-down album that fully reconciles Maxwell’s love of rock, reggae and folk music into an honest collection of songs that will appeal as much to fans of Jack Johnson, Manu Chao, and Bob Marley as it will Flogging Molly and the Pogues. “I was a little anxious and stressed out when we went into the studio because it was my first time doing something like this,” he admits, “but in the end it was just an amazing experience.”
The band is called Nathen Maxwell and the Original Bunny Gang and the album is called White Rabbit and is set for release on SideOneDummy Aug. 18, 2009.
you can hear songs from his new album at his MySpace page.