Quirky instrument shuffle a feature of Big Damn Band peformance

For the second time, three-piece Big Damn Band is visiting New Zealand and they'll be turning up the volume.

Frontman 'Reverend' Josh Peyton will be strumming a custom-made guitar specially for a Kiwi audience.

"This guitar is untested," he says. "It will be the first time I ever play this in a show and that's probably insane to do.

"To play literally on the other side of planet Earth with a guitar that you've never played before, but I don't know, I just wanted to do it."

A washboard player and a drummer make this band whole, and Peyton says they aren't afraid to do things a little differently.

"I'm playing 18 different instruments in one song. I have Max [Senteney] actually handing me instruments off camera and another buddy of mine was just taking them to the other side.

"So I'm just, like, tossing instruments back and forth."

They're renowned for their intriguing music videos - and that's one of the reasons they win so many fans.

With little to no budget for making them, they ask their friends to get involved. Sometimes though, things get a little crazy. 

"We set a human being on fire inside of our house, and that's kind of a nutty thing to do," Peyton says.

They've played in more than 30 countries and have toured for more than 10 years, playing more than 250 days a year.

Washboard player Breeze Peyton says they even miss out on some days.

"We never saw Wednesday this week, coming here. I don't know what happened to it, but we left there on a Tuesday and got here on a Thursday."

It's clear their love for music keeps them going. 

"And also too, I have to say that as we travel around, we love fishing," says Peyton.

Before hitting the stage at Splore on Saturday, they played at the Tuning Fork on Friday night.


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