Nathen Maxwell of Flogging Molly has been the bassist for the Celtic rock band for the past 13 years. Now he says he has reached that point in life when, “each and every man needs to express himself”. The tracks form his first solo album White Rabbit were written over the past ten years and are truly a reflection of Nathen’s own story.
Name: Nathen Maxwell
Can you tell us about the White Rabbit album in your own words? What is the story you are telling and would you say that each track is a chapter or are they more individual than that for you?
The album “White Rabbit” is a collection of songs that I started writing over 10 years ago. The stories that the songs cover range from my experiences in Lawndale, the town where I grew up in the South Bay of Los Angeles, to meeting my children for the first time some years later. The songs are more windows into my tribulations, affirmations and hopes rather than final chapters.
How long have you been a Lomographer (or are you new to this whole thing?).
I am a brand new Lomo enthusiast!
What is it like getting back to analogue again for the fist time? Are you hocked and what is the part about it that you like the most?
Finally I am framing my photos again! Going back to analogue is like going back to vinyl, you actually get to touch, hold and smell the photos. Where you might delete a digital photo because of some perceived imperfection, when you are using film that same photo can become a favorite!
You have done a lot of touring with Flogging Molly and all over Europe, how was this White Rabbit Tour different to the tours before?
For the first time I toured Europe in a van driving to the shows during the day, rather than driving during the night in a tour bus. This provided a new opportunity to experience more of the countryside. Also playing music that is so different than what I am known for via Flogging Molly is a lot of fun, and it is always exciting to see how the crowd reacts.
What was the strangest, funniest, or hands-down greatest photographic/ Lomographic encounter that you had on your journey?
I’d have to say the greatest Lomographic encounter was walking the streets of Salzburg with my father Maxwell and my first ever band-mate Mike Peralta. To be in a city that I know and love along with two people that I love who have never been there before. As well as the excitement of taking it all in with my new Lomo LCA +, well, what a perfect day.
It was so cool to see you on stage at the end of your gig thanking your dad for being part of the Bunny Gang (drummer maxwellvision). What is it like traveling and making music with him?
It’s a cool experience. He is my favorite drummer, and he’s my dad. We don’t have what some might consider a traditional father son relationship. I feel free to be myself while I’m around him, and I think he feels the same. To be a part of his first trip to Europe is just amazing!
Unless it is a top secret inside joke, can you please tell us why your gang goes by the name the Original Bunny Gang and did your white rabbit make it through the tour ok?
The Original Bunny Gang is a punk rock gang of friends that I grew up with in L.A. Where the name originates from is actually unknown even to me… When making the record it was mostly a solo experience, and I wanted the music to represent my roots. So when I started thinking of putting a band together to perform the music live, I called a couple of my brothers in the O.B.G. and asked them if they would be into joining up. Hence Nathen Maxwell and the Original Bunny Gang.
Do you have a favorite shot out of the collection seen here?
Wow, this is a tough one… Favorites change, but for now I have two, and for different reasons, I love the shot I took of my father and I in downtown. It brings me back to that special day. Some of my favorite self/group portraits are done at the end of my arm. The other favorite shot is taken on the road to Zagreb. I chose this one because it came about as an accident and the end result is a pleasant surprise. One of my favorite qualities of Lomography.
What’s next for Nathen Maxwell and the Original Bunny Gang?
I am currently writing songs for the next record, and we will be going over to do a tour in Japan in the end of July through early August. Then we will hit the Mid-West and East Coast of the U.S.
Your advice for would-be Lomographers or people thinking of going analogue?
Go for it! You don’t have to disown your I-phone. Adding, re-adding, or just keeping analogue in your life will definitely increase the flavor! Kampai!