Friday, January 11, 2013

Hyena Motorcade

Country: USA
Formed in: 2010
Location: Orange County, CA
Ric Kaley- vocals, keyboards, sax
Mark "Motorcade" Allen- guitars
Art Agunod- bass
Nino Agunod- drums
Contact: [email protected]

Hyena Motorcade was formed in Orange County, CA during the summer of 2009 by Ric Kaley and Mark Allen with bassist Art Agunod joining Ric and Mark shortly afterwards. 

later that same year the Mixed Martial Arts media group MMA Worldwide/TapouT Magazine where Mark works was about to wrap filming on their weekly series set to be aired on HD Net when Chris Staab, Music Director for the series heard a rough guitar demo of what was later to be the song "Shadows" and asked Mark if he could get the song recorded within two weeks in order to make his production deadlines and include it into the TV show's soundtrack, so Mark, Ric, Art and guest drummer James English went straight into Sound Asylum Studios in Santa Ana, CA to record the track. The song was included into six of the seasons ten episodes during the 2009 season and the positive attention the song and band received both from the TV show as well as receiving airplay on terrestrial and internet stations was enough to warrant the band continuing to write more material and to solidify the band lineup for potential live shows. 

Within a few months, the band brought bassist Art Agunod's brother aboard on drums and the group once again entered the studio, this time opting for Satellite Park Studios in Malibu, CA to record their debut three song demo under the guidance of the legendary Paul Roessler whos credits include The Screamers, Twisted Roots, 45 Grave, Dead Kennedys, Nervous Gender, SAUPG, Geza X and the Mommymen, Mike Watt and the Secondmen, Nina Hagen and The Deadbeats and many other seminal punk and rock bands.

The new recordings featured two originals (Into The Static and Snowflakes) along with a cover of The Plugz song "Achin'". This new three song EP received many accolades and once again was garnering quite a bit of airplay on college and internet radio. For the first time, the band had introduced the saxophone into their music in the smoky, blues driven song Snowflakes and showed the band to be diverse and able to float between genres with ease, but all the while not compromising their core sound.

From early 2010 through the summer of 2011, Hyena Motorcade was on hiatus due to several factors but June 2011 has seen a reformed and revitalized group writing new material, booking shows and in November 2011 released their first single "Heartbreaks" in nearly two years which was produced by James Trace, owner of Bomb Shelter Studios in Westminster, CA. 

The band has opened for and played with other acts such as The Fixx, Bow Wow Wow and Mercurine to name but a few.

The band is now in the process of recording new material that will eventually be compiled and released as their debut full-length once negotiations with several record labels who have approached the band are wrapped up as well as deciding on a Producer to oversee production of the new CD.

Hyena Motorcade tracks are available on CDBaby, iTunes, Tunecore and other popular online retail outlets

2011 - Promo

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