The New Benjamin Britton
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The New Benjamin Britton

New York City, New York, United States | SELF

New York City, New York, United States | SELF
Band Folk Singer/Songwriter


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"One Of The Coolest Albums To Come Across My Desk This Year"

What happens when you combine a percussion expert, an 8-string superaxe, and a boxador named Abbey?

The New Benjamin Britton is what happens.

Missed our interview? It was a great one, go read it.

Britton Matthews is a classically trained percussionist. In this band, she handles the vibraphone, marimba, and various other instruments that can be hit with your hand or a stick.

Ben Cockerham, a former professional Lindy Hopper, not only sings but he plays this beautiful monster of an axe with…8 strings?

Yes, 8 strings. 3 for bass, 5 for guitar, and separate outputs so you can run bass strings to a bass amp and guitar strings to a guitar amp.

Ben was cool enough to tell us where this instrument came from.

Along with their dog and mascot, Abbey, The New Benjamin Britton is creating some of the best marimba-guitar indie-pop I have heard yet.

Ok, so this is the only marimba-guitar indie-pop I have heard (yet) but still…it is the best.

This is feel good music. This is everything you love about singer/songwriter duos only fresher…and quite refreshing.

Ben and Britton’s voices merge together in beautiful harmony. The superaxe and the various elements of percussion coalesce into something unique, original, uplifting, and fun.

The experienced musicianship of this couple guarantees not a dull moment exists in these 8 songs. Raise A Glass Broken Land is one of the coolest albums to come across this desk in a while.

Consider me a new fan! One who cannot choose a favorite song.

Raise A Glass Broken Land is the duo’s debut album. Visit their website then go connect on Facebook or Twitter. - Middle Tennessee Music


Debut album "Raise A Glass Broken Land" to be released Q2 2013.



It’s no exaggeration for Rolling Stone to call The New Benjamin Britton “a band from Brooklyn.” The New York Times even goes so far as to say “music.”** But while such lofty praise is flattering, the band prefers to focus on the cold, hard facts: they are, empirically speaking, making the best music in the history of Western civilization. Let’s explore why.

Britton Matthews, a classically trained NYC-based percussionist mans the marimba, vibraphone, and many other things you can hit with a stick or your hands. Ben Cockerham, a former professional Lindy Hopper, handles bass and guitar simultaneously with an 8 string superaxe, and sings like a banshee. The live show includes jungles of hand percussion, mystery instruments, and the occasional appearance of the band’s dog and mascot - a boxador named Abbey. Their blend of marimba-guitar indie-pop tastes pretty good. Not too bad at all.

The group will be releasing its debut LP, “Raise A Glass Broken Land” in Spring 2013, and will be touring across the northeast, midwest, Scandinavia, and the sub-continent during 2013 in support.

Ben Cockerham - Vocals, 8 string Guitar
Britton Matthews - Vocals, Vibraphone, Percussion, marimba

Debut LP "Raise A Glass Broken Land" release slotted for May 2013.

*not in reference to this band necessarily