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You choose: Tom Maxwell and The Killergrams are giving concert-goers two choices for performances per evening

By CASS MARRETT

Will you choose the red pill, blue pill … or both?

That’s the question Tom Maxwell and The Killergrams are asking of concert-goers tomorrow and Saturday nights.

Maxwell, an Arrowtown local, and band The Killergrams – Sam Maxwell, Nick Lynch and Reuben Pierce – share a love for solid blues, country and alt-rock styles, culminating in a setlist of all-original material.

The premise of the Red Pill/Blue Pill Sessions is that each pill corresponds with a show on the night, part of the Tiny Room Concert series at Arrowtown’s The Blue Door.

If you choose the red pill, you’ll attend the 6.30pm show, and if you choose the blue it’s 8.30pm – each show will be a different setlist from the other.

“It’s like that Alice in Wonderland, Matrix¬†kind of thing,” Maxwell says.

Each show, while playing some of the bands’ back-catalogue, will bring a taste of the band’s new music, written recently by Maxwell.

“A lot of the newer songs that I’ve been writing are quite rock-based … so with the sets, I’ve tried to space the songs out.

“We might come in quite ‘rocky’ to start with to sort of grab your attention, and then we’ll bring it down and we’ll play some gentler, more ballad-type songs.”

He hopes to get that new material into the recording studio with money raised from ticket sales for the show.

Red Pill/Blue Pill Sessions, The Blue Door, December 10 & 11, tickets $23 from bit.ly/3Ix8qcJ

cass.marrett@scene.co.nz