Inspired by tight reggae rhythm sections & thrashing punk bands, Three Hofstra University graduates birthed The Roast Beef Curtains. Taking a DIY approach, Andrew, John, & Mike evolved The RBC into the best live reggae, dub, & punk experience on Long Island.
Since 2005, the trio has played well over 200 shows, creating a buzz from Manhattan to Montauk. On stage, each band member works double and sometimes triple duty playing their instruments while controlling live dub effects, transforming every concert into an eargasmic experience.
Whether it's reggae, dub or punk you're after, The Roast Beef Curtains deliver it with pleasure!
Be sure to pick up "Pleasure EP," the long awaited debut release from The RBC. Stay tuned for a Full Length Release scheduled to drop later in 2010.
How do you describe your music to people, Andrew?
I see our music as an attempt to put out everything we love about old school reggae dub and punk rock, but in a way only we know how, with weird and bizarre themes mixed with a truly powerful live show experience.
Tell me about how you originally got into your craft.
I started playing guitar around when I was 15 or 16, and John (bass) was already ahead of the game in the school band on sax. He jumped on bass quick enough and we started some of our many projects together at that time
What is your favorite thing to do in the whole wide world?
Play a killer live show and get lost in it. Other than that, watch professional wrestling!
What is your biggest challenge when it comes to running your business?
Music is tough, not 9-5 tough or manual labor tough, but challenging in its own way. It can be frustrating, but the emotional payoff is worth the work.
When you were a kid, what did you think you were going to be when you grew up?
I spent the first 10 years of my life wanting to be an astronaut, I gave up that ridiculous dream to be a rock star. My parents are proud.
In what way has your community impacted your development as a musician?
We are Long Island through and through. All 4 of us are from here, know it well now that we've played in every nook and cranny of it, and we are truly just suburban punks. It's in our attitude and we don't hide it, we embrace it.
What other artists out there do you love?
Personally, I love dub producers who created the genre (King Tubby, Lee "Scratch" Perry, Mad Professor), 80's hardcore punk bands (Minor Threat, Bad Brains, Descendents), and I have a soft spot for comedy musicians (Weird Al, Allen Sherman) Most importantly though, for me, Ween has to be number #1. They do it all perfectly and laugh along with their jokes as they do it.
What does your future hold?
We want to keep playing, keep writing, keep pushing our own personal limits and hopefully be out on tour with our full length album done ASAP.