My history with You Bred Raptors? begins in NYC playing our first show together at Funkadelic Studio in Midtown with Hannibal Montana. I was so glad to be a part of their latest record Grant. When I think professionals, I think YBR?. These guys did recording the right way. They came in with about 15 songs and ended up choosing their best for the album.
This album featured Peat Rains on Bass, Bryan Wilson on Cello, and Patrick Bradley on drums.
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. The drum sounds are tight, with little room mic injection to keep the sound very punchy and in your face. The cello was recorded the exact opposite; lots of room tone and experimentation with multiple mics. The bass was recorded through a 4x12 SWR cab and a Ampeg SVT. Finding the sweet spot for the bass tone took some time as the character of an eight string bass can vary within seconds of the song from having a very high end tone to sub-bassy. The band chose their best to send to Mike Zucker at Differential Sound for mastering. He also mixed a few songs on the album and did a great job on his end. The end result was a classic album in my book.
I had the opportunity to tour with these guys recently, filling in on drums. It's crazy how many avenues working in the studio and just being active in the music scene can take you. We went up to Toronto and as far west as Lansing, MI. All in all, the tour was a success, and I was proud to have a part in their fast paced, growing career as a band. You can read all about it here on Idlewild Magazine: http://www.idlewildmag.com/?p=447
I got to meet some great friends on the tour including Kyle Hoke, our driver for the tour. He plays in a few bands including - Year 200X, Those Who Fight, and Triple Lindy. I learned a lot about touring and the life of a musician on the road. This album will always be a reminder of the great times with these guys.