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Meet Liam, Grace and Hyrum Peatross of Avintaquin in Thousand Oaks

Today we’d like to introduce you to Liam, Grace and Hyrum Peatross.

We are Avintaquin, an L.A. based band made up of three siblings, Hyrum, Grace, and Liam Peatross. Avintaquin is the name of the place where our Great Grandfather’s ranch was located near our childhood home in Utah. To us, the name Avintaquin represents our heritage, our love for our family and the land.

The three of us grew up with five other siblings on a farm in rural Utah working hard and running free. We spent our days listening to our mother read Shakespeare and C.S. Lewis, exploring the outdoors, putting on plays, and making movies. Raised on a steady diet of Classical music with some 80’s music and Simon & Garfunkel thrown in for good measure, we developed a love for music early on. All three of us were trained on the violin at a young age using the Suzuki method which helped strengthen our ability to play by ear.

Although we were homeschooled, we took part in the local school’s musical theater productions which further increased our love for singing and acting. Even though we are shy by nature, our favorite thing to do is to make people laugh.

In 2014 we met and began working with the renowned vocal teacher, Debra Bonner. It was her belief in our talent that encouraged us to chase the dream of becoming actors and singers and moving to L.A. Our love for songwriting was ignited through the Hollywood Launch program as well as working with our songwriting mentors Rich Parkinson. and Brittany Burton.

Our first album “Roots” just came out on March 31, 2020 and is available on all streaming platforms.

Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
Well, we are siblings so we fight sometimes but that is kind of par for the course. We are also loyal best friends and no one can make as laugh as much as each other so it works. Our journey here in SoCal has brought its own set of challenges. When we first moved to L.A. we had in mind that we would break into acting. We all had a manager and agents. We got lots of great feedback and booked some minor roles. But the day to day grind of auditions and rejection along with the fact we had to work regular jobs to survive was taking a toll on our mental health, our confidence and our creativity. But at the same time, an amazing thing was taking shape. Liam was spending more and more time writing songs and they were really, really good. He wanted us to be in a band together but we were a little reluctant for awhile. He just kept writing and waiting for us. In late 2018 we went into the studio to record our song “Roots” and surprise our mom with it for Christmas. That experience of all three of us being in the studio finally convinced us that we needed to take this journey together.

Please tell us about Avintaquin.
We all three sing and play guitar, plus keys. Although Liam is still the main songwriter, Hyrum and Grace both write and co-write many of the songs. All three of us take turns singing lead and harmony. People with the same genes tend to sound good together and we are no different in that regard than a lot of sibling bands. We enjoy singing harmonies and creating together but we decide who sings what based on what we think serves each song the best. When it comes down to it, for us, it is really about the songs. We are proud of our songs. Each of our songs means something to us and we hope that others will find meaning in them too. We have more than a dozen songs ready to record and are anxious to get back in the studio to record our second album.

Do you look back particularly fondly on any memories from childhood?
Some of our favorite memories revolve around movies and plays we would come up with to film or perform. We came up with our own superhero characters and villains and would spend hours running around the house acting out our stories. We wrote directed and acted in several homespun movies about everything from Star Wars parodies to the Zombie Apocalypse, crazy hobos, and a mockumentary on searching for Bigfoot… We had a lot of fun. But our favorite memories just have to do with being outside- playing in our grandparents pond, exploring the hills behind our house, and hiking in the Uinta Mountains with our dad and cousins.

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Andrew West, Ellie Peatross

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