Bushbaby is quite a new band and as
far as I know you came out of the band Gethsemane Rose. Or some of you. Can anyone tell
Ben: Yeah, my brother left Gethsemane Rose, leaving
us as a three-piece really. So it meant a serious sort of rethink really and obviously the
sound had to be a bit different if we had to carry on. And we wondered whether we should
carry on, whether it would work. So, we tried it and we decided at the end of the day that
we should have a name change. Have a change of direction and see if it works. And we were
pleasantly surprised. (laughs)
What musical direction are you going to aim at right
Matt: Oh, I guess with Bushbaby we tried to work on
our horizon and appeal to a wider audience, really. Gethsemane Rose was obviously on the
heavy end of the rockspectrum. Bushbaby is not so heavy in our opinion. And we're trying
to write songs which are maybe a little bit more commercial.
I read in a piece of paper that you sent me that you
have interest from a Nashville label for a contract. Can you tell me about that?
Matt: Yeah, sure, this week, actually, we signed a
deal in the States, or, we're in the process of signing it. It's in that final
negotiationsstage and it's moving forward. It's a recorddeal with distribution throughout
America and that's where we're going to start off. Which is great for us.
What company are you negotiating with?
Matt: The recordcompany is Ionic Records who are
part of Massive Groove and as I understand it I think we're being distributed through
Avalon, but don't quote me on that as it were. But I know the contract is from Ionic
Do they want you to do a new album?
Matt: Yeah, we're recording in july. They want to
release the EP, or the tracks from the EP, plus some more to form an album which will be
launched in october. The date is not set but it will be launched in october and we will
record it in july.
Do you think it's going to work anything out for the
Matt: We really hope so. It's our aim to make it
work. The chance is that we'll end up in America for a few weeks during october and we
hope throughout a lot of next year.
But, I mean, bands like Delirious? and Fono are
going to make it in America. Is that an aim you're going at?
Matt: We feel our calling is to bring our Christian
message into the world and use the world's vehicle for that which is the secular music
industry. And the record company we're signing with wants to do that with us. They're a
Christian recordcompany with secular distribution. So, we will be launched into Christian
shops, around tenthousand around the States where they all have the products, plus they
want to launch it into the mainstream. So we're really committing to that and we're
excited about that 'cause that's where we want Bushbaby to be.
Now I have a rather strange question perhaps. If you
had to choose between having hits in Britain like Delirious? has or to have a
labelcontract in America and touring in the States, what would you prefer?
Matt: (laughs) That's a very loaded question when
we're signing a deal in America! Uh, I don't know if I have to answer that one, really.
The honest answer is, I don't know. I would love to have a situation where we can have
both and have ourselves in the UK. Working in the States is not difficult at all because
it's an eight hour flight. But it would be great to break some ground in America and the
record company we're signed with do feel that the style of music that we have can work in
America. So, I think we'll have to see. Ask me that in a year.
I read that you're going to play at Greenbelt and
Meltdown and another festival. How is the response in England to your music?
Matt: It's been very good. We've got an incredible
fanbase which we adopted from the Gethsemane Rose days which are really loyal to us. And
we have a great respect for them. And they have been really encouraging with what we're
doing now. And we increased our fanbase as well. We picked up new fans if you like. So,
it's very positive, the feedback we're getting from the Christian music scene and also the
secular music scene as well.
The way I got into contact with you was through the
American magazine HM. The review in that magazine was quite positive and did you get
more contacts this way, worldwide?
Matt: We're trying to network as much as we can. We
really want to make Bushbaby as widely known as possible. So, we're trying to make as many
friends along the way as we can. And so far we've been very blessed in that.
Note: After the interview drummer Kev mentioned to
me the fact that they had been in contact with Nashville labels but that Ionic Records
isn't from that area.