About Peter Hayes
As one of the two founding members of the alternative rock outfit Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, Peter Hayes lives and breathes music, and to him the guitar acts as a natural extension of himself, simply taking over where words aren't enough. TC Electronic gear has been an essential part of Peter's rig for years now, and it helps him achieve the intense multilayered sonic universe that's at the core of Black Rebel Motorcycle Club's massive sound.
When Peter was 14 or 15 years old, he got in trouble and was grounded for over a year. He took his mother's guitar and started playing, simply because he had nothing else to do. Peter's mother taught him some flamingo and fingerpicking songs on her nylon guitar, which still influences his unique style to this day. Shortly after he started playing guitar he discovered Jimi Hendrix and Pink Floyd, and from that moment on Peter knew that his future belonged to rock n roll. In the process of copying the style of Hendrix, he used a lot of alternate tunings in order to sound as both lead and rhythm guitar, but he quickly discovered the impossibility in copying Hendrix and started focusing on creating his own personal style around the plethora of open tunings he discovered.
Peter met his future bandmate Robert Levon Been in high school, and they quickly started jammin' together. But out of the blue Peter got a try-out with The Brian Jonestown Massacre, who needed a guitar player at that time. Peter got the gig and toured with them for a year, but he thinks his van was the main reason for the gig, since the band needed a van to get to South by Southwest (SXSW).
After being on tour with The Brian Jonestown Massacre for a year, Peter got back to playing with Robert which in no time led to the birth of Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, a reference to Marlon Brando's motorcycle gang in 'The Wild One' (1953). And as they say… from there the rest is history. Black Rebel Motorcycle Club has recorded 7 studio albums and when their current tour is over, they're heading back to the studio to record the next album. This band is unstoppable!