Singer & guitarist Allen James was born and raised in Brooklyn, NY. It was bands like Nirvana and Pink Floyd that inspired him to pick up a guitar at age 14. The name “Newborn” came to him one day while riding the elevator with a mother and a child who was constantly smiling and making silly faces. Their band name is a reminder to always marvel at life and enjoy every moment, the way we did when we were kids.
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Who are the members?
Allen James – Lead Vocals / Guitar / Writer
Eric Weglicki – Bass / Backing Vocals / Writer
Blake Suben – Drums / Backing Vocals
Where are you (and the band members) from?
We are all from Coney Island in Brooklyn, NY.
In what year did the band form?
How old were you when you first got into the music scene? What got you started in music?
23 but I’ve been playing guitar since I was 15. I took a trip to California one summer to visit my cousins who were all learning guitar. I joined in and fell in love with it.
Are you touring?
Nope but we plan to
Where was your first gig?
The Delancey in NYC
Where was the latest gig?
What genre would you consider your music?
Why did you pick that particular style?
It’s the least specific. We are pretty eclectic.
Can you tell us about your latest release of your self – titled EP?
It’s our 2nd EP and 2nd release. The EP has 5 songs which were all recorded at Threshold Studios in NYC. It took about 6 months to record but was totally worth all the time and effort. I think it really represents our identity as a band.
Do you have any videos on YouTube?
Our debut music video for our first single ‘Runaround’ off the new EP:
Tell me your biggest influences and which artists have inspired you to perform.
Metallica is a big one. They inspired us to make a band and pursue music. Also Pink Floyd and Nirvana were two bands I listened to a lot growing up. They have definitely influenced my writing and playing. Muse is another big influence. We used to be a four piece but they sort of inspired us to get more creative with sounds and figure out how to sound big with just 3 people.
What was you Best/worst gig you’ve played?
Our last two gigs (Irving Plaza and The Knitting Factory) were really great. I think we really improved as performers and those two gigs definitely showed that. The crowd was singing our songs, the energy was great.
The worst gig in my opinion was last summer at Arlene’s Grocery. Besides the fact that we didn’t play well, the poor sound girl didn’t know what she was doing. She only worked folk bands before and here comes Eric with his bass overdrive. Good times.
What places will you be playing in in the near future?
We will be back at The Knitting Factory on August 23rd and then we will be playing Gramercy Theatre sometime shortly after. We hope to eventually play all over the world.
Which band is the best that you’ve seen live? What made their show so good?
Metallica, hands down. I’ve seen them 7 times, and all 7 times they were out of this world. What makes them great, besides their music, is that they truly give it their absolute all. Every ounce of blood, sweat, and tears is drained for their fans. It’s the most energetic, exciting, moving show I’ve ever seen. James Hetfield is best front man in the world in my opinion.
If you could go anywhere in the world to perform, where would you go and why?
Russia. I speak the language because my parents are from Ukraine. They also have incredible fans who adore rock music. It would be crazy.
How do you typically get psyched up for a gig?
I’m usually very quiet and like to be left alone. None of has have any sort of pre show rituals or anything. We sort of just walk around aimlessly not knowing what to do with ourselves until it’s time to play.
Where does a majority of your inspiration come from? Older music or more modern music?
My inspiration comes from timeless music.
Who is your current favorite artist today
Besides your own music, what genres and bands do you listen to?
I love Chris Isaak, Elvis, Johnny Cash and old school 50’s. Bands I love are Muse, Nirvana, Arctic Monkeys, Black Keys, RHCP, and of course, Metallica. I recently have been listening to Amy Winehouse and old jazz singers like Billie Holiday.
Who in your life is your biggest motivator?
Are you a part of any other musical projects?
Have you been in any other bands before this one?
I had a band in college called “Peyote”. We only played 4 shows.
Do you have a job other than your music career?
I’m a lifeguard on Coney Island beach. I’ve been doing that since I was 16. I also have a 2nd job as doing e-commerce management and a bit of website design.
Do you have any webpages?
What is your favorite instrument?
Any pearls of wisdom for all other bands out there with less experience than you?
Don’t be afraid to do things your away. Play your own music and don’t worry if it doesn’t sound like what the rest of the kids are into these days. The most important thing is that you are playing what your soul wants to hear.
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