LITTLE BUSHMAN: The Onus of Sand
By Stephen Jewell
New Zealand, and particularly Wellington's dub scene, has a propensity for bands that embark upon impressive epic jams but sometimes veer off on tangents from which they never return. Like Fat Freddy's Drop, TrinityRoots were one group who had a spine - a sense of structure - behind their expansive sound. As does Little Bushman, the new project from Warren Maxwell, himself formerly of TrinityRoots and until recently also a member of Freddy's fold. However fans of these bands should be warned that there aren't any skanking dub beats on 'The Onus of Sound,' which is essentially a straight ahead rock album. Maxwell has brought the touches of Ben Harper that were apparent in Trinity's two albums to the fore and channelled them through a Jimi Hendrix-inspired (as the track Jimi most plainly suggests) prism of '60s psychedelia. The end result is an album that deserves to follow in Freddy's and indeed Trinity's footsteps on the path to local and surely international success.