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You Bred Raptors? / Press

“Technology makes it difficult to capture straphangers' attention, Rains said. All three members of his band wear masks in part because they hope the theatrical effect will tempt passers-by to stop. ”You got about two seconds to catch someone’s attention, and that’s going to be visually," he said, "because they’re either watching porn on their phone or listening to a podcast."”

“The latest installment in the Jurassic Park film series hits theaters next week, so what better time to see the experimental trio called “You Bred Raptors?” Its name is pulled from a gag quote from the original Jurassic Park; but as far as we can tell, the glockenspiel, cello, drums, eight-string bass, and the band’s other instruments weren’t around until well after the Cretaceous Period.”

“Another problem for them is that people are carrying less cash. “People actually apologise for not having money,” says Bryan Wilson, a cellist with “You Bred Raptors?”, a “prehistoric post-rock” busking band. Above ground, one enthusiastic listener at Grand Central Station recently gave $100 to “You Bred Raptors?”. He also bought some CDs, which he shared with fellow straphangers. The music rocked.”

““Different” is one word to describe it. The closest comparison to their atmospheric instrumentation may be Bear McCreary’s moody soundtrack to “Battlestar Galactica” — the songs feel epic and very personal at the same time. Rains says allowing their audience to interpret the songs for themselves is the reason they continue to wear masks while performing.”

“You Bred Raptors? is an instrumental busking band out of New York City with songs crafted with eight-string bass, cello, drums, and two glockenspiels. Known for their heavy, experimental, film-score like sound, the group has played more than 350 shows in the NYC subway system through their involvement in the Music Under New York (MUNY) program.”

“The masked musicians play a tense and multi-faceted brand of cello driven post-rock (often indulging in prog-rock moments), which seems to have gotten a little less frantic and more reflective in their new album "Grant".”

“Have you are ever been walking through the NYC subway and spotted a band playing genre-defying intrumental music while wearing "Eyes Wide Shut"-esque masks? Well, chances are, that was a band called "You Bred Raptors?" I sat down with the band's core members, Bryan and Peat, and we compared and contrasted my life as a comedian with their lives as busking subway musicians.”

“The best songs on the group’s most recent album, 2014’s Grant, pull gently at song structures and time signatures, allowing Rains’ bass and Wilson’s cello to either duet or bounce off one another — with occasional gentle, ringing glockenspiel — carrying various melodic and rhythmic lines upward and outward, transforming each tune into a new creation every few seconds. But it’s no series of endless jams. The longest song on Grant clocks in under seven minutes. Such succinct compositions are crucial during subway performances.”

“Once the members of You Bred Raptors? auditioned and received their lifetime permit to perform their Neolithic/apocalyptic post rock music in NYC as a part of the Music Under New York Program, they quickly garnered much good press and was even tapped to open for Yoko Ono at one of her performance art gigs. They have been featured in New York Magazine and The Atlantic as well as other publications”

“Check out this walkthrough by Peat Rains of You Bred Raptors?…”

“You Bred Raptors? is interviewed and performs live on Good Day New York”

“I play eight-string bass. Not because I’m pretentious but because I wanted more range. I don’t play my bass like a bass or a guitar. It is a song-writing tool.”

“This band has a unique instrumentation of an 8-string bass, a cello and drums (along with some glockenspiel for twinkly goodness). It is a mixture of progressive rock, funk, hip-hop and chamber/classical music. These guys really let their talent shine on this record and we were able to concentrate on making everything sound the best it possibly can.”

“You Bred Raptors? have a lot working in their favor to make them stand out from most other bands. What’s so special? This Astoria, Queens trio (check #1: not from Brooklyn) plays instrumental music (check #2), wears an array of bizarre masks when they perform (check #3), and has made a name for themselves by holding down a coveted spot in the NYC subways with the Music Under New York Program (check #4). Oh, and their instrumentation is an 8 string bass, cello, drums, and glockenspiels (checks #5--8). The result of all these unique traits is beautiful, strange, and challenging music that makes people stop, look, and listen long enough to get hooked on their prehistoric pop grooves (oh yeah, and check #9: their name is from Jurassic Park).”

“I can write paragraphs and paragraphs about why I loved this three-and-a-half minute short. That’s how good it is... I love this movie because I love people that love what they do. And Peat Rains, speaking for the band throughout the film, LOVES what he does. It is such a rare, magnetic pleasure to see someone who is so lovingly obsessed with their profession. As Peat says toward the end of the film, “This [making music] is the only thing that makes me completely happy. I’ll do it until my fingers fall off from the elements.” Watch this film and behold a lucky man.”

“Bryan Wilson has played plenty of beat venues, from subway stations to a high concept haunted house. But ask the New Jersey cellist - who plays with the band You Bred Raptors? - to name his strangest gig and he doesn't hesitate to cite a Mexican restaurant's Christmas party.”

“A gray-haired man in a black windbreaker rocks out with a woman in acid-washed jeans and librarian glasses while a trio of Union Square subway performers in bird masks play strings.”

“Assuredly, the lovers of strange, experimental, atmospheric, imaginative and instrumental music will revel in this alum and the band in general. Next time you happen upon the masked men of NYC, stay a little longer, enjoy the moment and even get their album, not only to support the band, but also to give yourself the chance to listen to something out of the ordinary, but so enchanting and artistic…”

“It's hair-raising stuff, an incredible live performance busking in New York's underground, the You Bred Raptors? trio swing from strings to thudding bass-lines to rapid-fire percussion and how the hell is the guitarist playing lead guitar and bass at the same time?”

“New 8-string bass playthrough video from You Bred Raptors?”

“If you want to hear original songwriters plying their craft in the Big Apple, you need to go past Tin Pan Alley and head underground. You Bred Raptors plays down there along with other outstanding, unique NYC musical talents. Their original flavor as heard in their new release “Grant”, succeeds in taking your musical tastes on an unusual journey where the familiar is transformed before your very ears.”

“The band has several different personas they put on with their masks – ranging from venetian style covers to swat team masks or Mexican wrestler masks.”

“Most bands complain about carrying their road cases from the van to the backstage area. Those same bands also don’t know what it’s like to strap 110 lbs to themselves and walk 10+ blocks, climb two flights of stairs, taking the subway, navigating rush hour crowd and go to your location and play for 3 straight hours without stopping and then tearing down to do it all over again.”

“...their weird experimental fantasies for 8-string bass, cello and drums worked a treat on the Living Room crowd, and once you leave out 'people-watching' (which is a little too tempting during their subway shows) and the uncanniness of the whole masks shtick, there's a lot more to be amazed by in the different uses of the bass strings, or the complex, in times delirious articulations around the 'somewhat familiar'...”

“You Bred Raptors? is another amazing reason why the NYC subway has been elevated to a status above that of being a mere transportation artery.”

“Is string-rock a genre? Maybe it is now, New York band You Bred Raptors? mix alternative rock, heavy rock and classical music to wonderful effect, in some parts like Mogwai and in others like Dvorak with some dark thudding bass to give you something very unique.”

“Named after a quote from Jurassic Park, You Bred Raptors? is a trio that does things differently. Musically it features cello, drums and a knockout 8-string bass played by Peat Rains. The band stands out even further by performing with an array of bizarres masks on.”

“The band’s sound shares similarities with quite a few big-time touring and festival acts, but another artist who Rains thinks the band is fairly similar to is film score composer Hans Zimmer. Both Zimmer and YBR? create highly dramatic music incorporating orchestral instruments. They both also score films, Zimmer, however, is world-renowned for films like Batman Begins, and YBR? is just getting started as they prepare to score the Troma film series.”

“One of the band’s major accomplishments is their ability to tackle challenging harmonic relationships and to weave in relentless percussion with classical sophistication—the latter largely due to Wilson’s talent on the cello. His haunting accompaniments hover over Rains’ melodies (it’s enough to foster a whole new appreciate for Yo-Yo Ma.) Rains matches Wilson with full control over his 8-string bass–moving from bass thump strumming to advanced fret taps and string bends. The dynamic complexity of their music gives form to the concept of light and shade, and all is held together by Bradley on drums. Using just a two-piece kit (with a hi hat and a ride cymbal), he swings imaginatively from a tight disco beat, to slam and crash, to the soft pace of a sonata.”

“Brainy, mellifluous, and a little twisted instrumentals. Egghead rockers Eplileptic Peat (real name Peter Rains/eight-string bass) and Zach Schmidlein (drums), who named themselves after a line in Jurassic Park.”

“On paper, there is absolutely nothing to like about these guys. 8 string bass, cello, drums and shared glockenspiel responsibilities. A fucking question mark in the name. However, I’ve seen them twice (once inadvertently on a Subway platform) and can attest to the fact that their experimental masked prog funk expansion on neo classicism is definitely worth more than a grumpy rush hour introduction. It’s honestly interesting everyday music than runs style gamuts around the pedestrian eclectics people are always raving about because, at it’s core, it wants to make sense and – when given the proper setting and patience – totally fucking does.”

“Meet Peat Rains, AKA “Epileptic Peat”, who pushes the envelope in just about every way. (You’ll have to read on to find out what I mean). And if you see him at a live show, he’ll even give you his drink tickets.”

“Music by Epileptic Peat of You Bred Raptors?”

““You bred raptors?” The incredulous scientist from Jurassic Park provides the NY-based post-rock trio (cello, electric bass, drums) with its name. You Bred Raptors?’s (wow, that’s a weird punctuation) debut CD is called Hammond.”

“Some of our all time favorites are fellow members of the Music Under New York program run by the MTA. We love “The Saw Lady” Natalia Paruz, Theo Eastwind, and newcomers You Bred Raptors. ”

“The A.V. Club sees thousands of band names every year, and we don’t notice most of them. We keep a list of the ones we do notice, either because they’re funny, bad, cheesy, so mundane they’re transcendent, or otherwise memorable.”

“We found 23 talented NYC street performers for the Stars of the Streets contest. The fans have spoken and the verdict is in: You Bred Raptors?—a group of local musicians—has been voted as the top street performer in Manhattan. Without further ado, we introduce the contest winners:”

“A QUEENS band is trying to avoid musical extinction by taking their strange act underground. Astoria group You Bred Raptors? is slowly gaining notoriety playing in subway stations with the MTA's Music Under New York program. But getting jaded straphangers to take notice requires something truly peculiar. The duo of bassist Peat Rains and drummer Zach Schmidlein dress up in forest green, skin-tight dinosaur shirts with beaked masks. To add to the spectacle of watching two grown men thrash about dressed like ancient reptiles, Schmidlein puts his Hunter College music degree to work on the keys of a Kinderklavier, commonly known as a toy piano.”

“Also sharing the night of new music are You Bred Raptors? and The Awakening Orchestra.”

“The band deploys a rich catalogue of experimentations ranging from unique orchestrations to ambitious takes on some familiar patterns as varied as funk, metal or even celtic rhythmics - all served by a cast of drums, cello, 8-string bass & the occasional keys, bearing freakish masks from ghostface to grimacing jester. A tastefully weird, out-of-time local gem straight from the city’s underground...”

“Three masked men from Astoria that make beautiful instrumental music. Also, they are cognizant of the state of bands nowadays. As well as the potential threat of dinosaur cloning.”

“On Thursday July 26th, I headed into Brooklyn to see one of my favorite New York City bands, You Bred Raptors?. You Bred Raptors? was joined by a couple of jugglers and they did not disappoint. The masked trio ripped it with hard bass riffs, killer drums, and a badass cello. Awesome.”

“You Bred Raptors? are a trio of modern-day minstrels and dinosaur aficionados, with a long-standing tradition of playing in NYC's finest subway stations. Jamming on drums, cello, and an electric 8-string bass (woof! ), these guys compel large groups of cynical and tired New Yorkers to slow down on their treks from one train to the next so they can bathe in YBR's funky goodness. (Um...you know what I mean.) More impressively, they manage to charm us out of our hard-earned coin, which is no mean feat when it comes to all us jaded straphangers.”

“Having a live band (You Bred Raptors?) at all performances encourages the audience to interact with the actors and players in a way that is very personal and sometimes unnerving. The audience will be setting the pace for the entire show and will decide where and when things will reveal themselves. ”

“I was truly blown-away by their music. Beautiful, haunting, melodic yet intricate. At one point the bassist, Peat, used a violin bow on his bass and the result was beautiful.”