GETTING TO KNOW RBR
Name and age?
My name is Samuel Benjamin Newman and while I’m writing this, I’m 8,315 days old. However, I prefer to think of my life in terms of blinks. And the average person blinks about 17,280 times in a 24-hour day. So right now I’m about 143,683,200 blinks old (and counting).
Tell us a story about a day in your life.
The moment I wake up
Before I put on my makeup
I say a little prayer for you
Then I put down my Aretha Franklin record, go into my kitchen and count every single grain in this jar of sugar I have. I then either eat anywhere between 2 and 13 bowls of cereal or go all out and cook something gourmet. Next, I play with my cat, Lenny. Then I think deeply for 4-6 hours or go to my first job at the toy store. Following that, I go to my second job at the restaurant. Then I leave and do something else. Finally, I place an unsolved Rubik’s cube in my hands, go to sleep and wake up the following morning with the Rubik’s cube completely solved. This happens every day… or at least the thing with the Rubik’s cube does.
I have a few favorites: A nice hoppy IPA, a big strong Margarita, a Sprecher honey cream soda or a bottle of Aloe juice.
Who are your musical (or non-musical) influences?
Andrew Bird, Dave Grohl, Dr. Dog, Painted In Exile, Fleet Foxes, The Contortionist, White Rabbits, Man Man, Cynic, Mastodon, Radiohead, mewithoutYou, Animals as Leaders and then a whole bunch more
If you could play on your dream tour, what bands would be on it?
The Contortionist, Scale the Summit, Cynic, Painted in Exile, Mastodon, Animals as Leaders and Fallen Captive.
Which show that you’ve played has been your favorite so far?
The Ruled by Reason Christmas Extravaganza at Peabody’s. It was such a beautiful thing to see hundreds upon hundreds of kids come out to a show consisting of entirely local bands, plus we played our epic metal rendition of “Carol of the Bells”!
What are the biggest obstacles for your band?
Same as for any artists out their right now. We’re still young, and we want nothing more than to get out, hone our craft, see the world, make our mark and kick ass. It’d be easy to say our biggest obstacles are music piracy and gaining popularity in a genre that isn’t for everybody, but to me that stuff isn’t really an issue. Fact is, if you promote yourself well enough, play your heart out and do it well, people will see that and catch on.
Tell us about your next shows and why we should be there.
Honestly, come to any of our upcoming shows. They’re all loaded with crazy awesome bands from our scene
Feb. 18 @ The Grog Shop in Cleveland Heights, OH
March 3 @ Bounce in Cleveland, OH
March 10 @ Peabody’s in Cleveland, OH
March 23 @ The Carriage House in Louisville, OH
April 14 @ The Foundry in Lakewood, OH
April 20 @ Scores in Painsville