Chot Ulep - bass / vocals
Nico Capistrano - lead guitars / keyboard / vocals
Dave Majam - rhythm guitars / vocals
Tonyo Valbuena - drums / vocals

New Jersey-based indie rock alternative band, RainCrowd, takes its roots from the 90's music scene in Manila.
The group has been praised by numerous industry reps - from Grammy-award producers and engineers of Grateful Dead, Gin Blossoms, The Fray and Radiohead, to critics and writers of Rolling Stone, Paste, Billboard and Discovered Magazines.
Originally formed by Chot Ulep on bass/vocals and Tonyo Valbuena on drums/vocals, they were immediately joined by their close friends Nico Capistrano on guitars/keys/vocals and Dave Majam on rhythm/vocals, after a few sessions with other musicians.
Their songs are characterized by melodic chord progressions, vocal harmonies, steady beats and sharp guitar solos - some of which were bought and published by Virgin, Octo-Arts, EMI, PolyEast and Universal Records, among others.
After a brief stint in Manila in the late 90's, performing in famed local clubs as Mayric's and Freedom Bar, the group fell off the radar, only to resurface in New Jersey in 2019. Ulep describes their double-decade hiatus as "the soul-searching of the band". During their apparent break-up, Ulep joined a multi-platinum Filipino band in Hollywood, called INTRoVOYS in 2006, while Capistrano went on to be signed with a major label act in the Philippines called Shamrock in 2003. Drummer Valbuena and rhythm guitarist Majam went on their own ways as well, with the latter moving to New Jersey in 2009.
At the end of 2020, during the height of the pandemic, RainCrowd released their very first self-titled EP, "RainCrowd", marking the end of their long slumber. Since then, the group has released several singles and albums.
In November of 2021, WLAS 102.9 FM in Newton, MA (Lasell University) added the group's songs in their playlist which gave them the opportunity to get into the national radio charts.
By the first half of 2022, RainCrowd secured heavy rotation on a handful of college radio stations including WVUR 95.1 (Valparaiso, IN), WLFR 91.7 (Galloway, NJ) and KTSW 89.9 (San Marcos, TX).
RainCrowd's current album, "SSOS", was released on January 1, 2023. Their Q&A with Matt Richards (writer - Chicago Magazine, MTV News,, Spin, Billboard, etc.) can be viewed at
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See What Others Are Saying...
"Song of the WEEK!" - WLAS 102.9 FM, Newton, MA
"It's HOT!" - music critic, Spin Magazine
"Sounds pretty CATCHY!" - music critic, Paste Magazine
"A track I REALLY, really like!" - writer / editor,, MSN, Jersey Beat, Rolling Stone
"...INSANE collection of pieces!" - blogger / journalist, Strike A Note, DSCVRD Magazine
"Your music is RAD!" - ex-radio promoter, Columbia Records
"GREAT track!" - engineer / producer, Grateful Dead
"I really like it! COOL band!" - producer, Thin Lizzy
"You've got some GREAT tracks!" - engineer / producer, Gin Blossoms
"The musicianship and production on this project is INCREDIBLE!" - radio promoter, Twenty One Pilots, Imagine Dragons
"I DIG the tracks!" - Grammy and Billboard award music producer, The Fray, Eve 6
"I really LIKE the song!" - Grammy award music producer / engineer, Beck, Radiohead, Primal Scream, etc.
"I'm DIGGING the vibe of the track!" - producer / engineer, Plain White T's, Disturbed, Anthrax, etc. 
"Really GREAT writing!" - producer/engineer, Better Than Ezra, OK Go 
"We ENJOYED the sound of this album.." - WSIA 88.9 FM, Staten Island, NY 
"STOKED" - editor, DSCVRD Magazine
“You guys are GOOD!” - former executive / A&R, The Police, Janet Jackson, Oingo Boingo, Bryan Adams, etc.
“Every song is indelibly CATCHY!” - writer, Chicago Magazine, MTV News, Spin, Billboard, Grammy