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Peat Rains

Peat Rains has been an active member of the bass community since the age of 14. Self taught and shucking most of the dogmatic 'color-inside-the-lines' nonsense that traditional bassists live and die by, he forged his own path early on. First on four string and then impulsively jumping to eight strings, his unconventional approach to songwriting and bass playing continues to evolve daily. He also swears that he knows the circle of fifths.

Signed to an independent record label at age 22 in Philadelphia, he quickly learned the trials of tribulations of the cutthroat music business during a very uncertain time for artists. Traveling the country in DIY tours and with his video game composition band "This Place is Haunted", he realized building and supporting a scene offered the sustainability crucial for this career. After the record label went bankrupt following the initial file sharing revolution, Peat took his music to New York City.

In 2010, he landed a coveted spot in the Music Under New York program. This was a busking organization granted permission by the city of New York and the MTA to perform in the major subway systems that connect the 5 boroughs. His project is made up of 8 string bass, cello, glockenspiel and drums. "You Bred Raptors?" has played close to 1,000 busking and venue shows and toured all over the USA and Canada . He is currently sponsored by Conklin Guitars, Curt Mangan Strings, Cusack Music Pedals, MojoHand FX, Lea Basses and Temple Audio Pedalboards.

Recently, the band has performed with Yoko Ono at her One Woman Show at the Museum of Modern Art, played close to 70 cities since 2015, performed and spoken at an official TED Talk, commissioned to be the house band for Cartoon Network's ADULT SWIM at Comic Con and provided soundtrack/scoring for TROMA Pictures. They have played alongside Stu Hamm, Spoon, Kellindo Parker (Janelle Monae), Snarky Puppy, Consider the Source, Big Something, I Fight Dragons, The Protomen, Bear McCreary (composer for the Walking Dead) and Steve Jones (Sex Pistols), and were featured on Good Day New York, WNYC Radio, in The Economist, The Atlantic Magazine, Strings Magazine and Bass Guitar Magazine. The band has residencies across the boroughs including being a house band at the off-Broadway show "Sleep No More".

You Bred Raptors?

Articles by Peat Rains:

  • On the Road with Peat Rains from You Bred Raptors?: Part 4

    On the Road with Peat Rains from You Bred Raptors?: Part 4

    Part 4 – Tallahassee/Atlanta/Chattanooga/Charlotte/Louisa Tallahassee, FL – The Wilbury Our original tour routing didn’t include Florida. But like the songs we play, the original concept greatly varies from the final product. We had heard so many mixed reports of touring in Mississippi and Alabama from other musicians, as well as some close comedian friends. Half... »

  • On the Road with Peat Rains from You Bred Raptors?: Part 3

    On the Road with Peat Rains from You Bred Raptors?: Part 3

    Part 3 – Fort Worth / Denton / Austin / Houston / New Orleans Fort Worth / Denton, TX – Shipping & Receiving / Gatsby’s Mansion We were zero for three after our last solid anchor date on this tour. As feared, the Midwest was predictably financially draining for us. While we made some solid... »

  • On the Road with Peat Rains from You Bred Raptors?: Part 2

    On the Road with Peat Rains from You Bred Raptors?: Part 2

    Part 2 – Windsor/ Holland / Lafayette / Des Moines / Lawrence / Fayetteville Windsor, ON – Phog Lounge: We’re en route to Windsor, Ontario today and it’s storming out. I feel nestled in my cocoon in the backseat listening to chiptune music on the speakers (driver’s choice for this leg). The rain slapping the... »

  • On the Road with Peat Rains from You Bred Raptors?: Part 1

    On the Road with Peat Rains from You Bred Raptors?: Part 1

    Part 1 – Boston/Burlington/Montreal/Toronto Introduction: We’re currently trudging along Queen Elizabeth Highway in Ontario, Canada. It’s a long stretch of nothingness road flanked by featureless forests and rest stops with Tim Horton’s menus in French. It will be a long haul from Montreal to Toronto today. It’s Day Four of a twenty city tour throughout... »