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 HDNet when James Hergott, Cannes Film Festival award winner and Director for the new 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 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 the band was once again 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's musical diversity and the ability to float between genres with ease, but all the while not compromising their core sound. Famed English rock critic/author Mick Mercer favorably reviewed the release (see review in the "press" section) which exposed the band to a wider audience, specifically in England and the UK.
In December of 2011 the band was back in the studio, this time under the guidance of James Trace at Bomb Shelter Recording Studios in Westminster, CA, who helped the band record their new single entitled "Heartbreaks". The track made several "Best Of" playlists on terrestrial and internet radio stations and the band started receiving heavy comparisons to The Psychedelic Furs which are an admitted and important influence. Psychedelic Furs guitarist and Producer John Ashton liked the band enough to offer his production services and has been in talks with the band to possibly produce their debut full-length album which is slated for a 2014 release.
After opening for The Fixx in 2012, the band went on hiatus for over a year but has recently been back in the studio once again with Paul Roessler at his new Kitten Robot Studios in Los Angeles recording their new material. The first released single is a track entitled "10,000 Sparrows" which is being called "Bowie-esque" and receiving quite a bit of airplay in it's early release stages.
Also in 2013, the band welcomed new drummer Alberto Campos (Babylonian Tiles, Former Humans) and signed up with Robert Duzey of Angular Music Solutions to Co-Produce the new material and to assist in finding TV and movie placement of the material. Robert is also an Attorney at Law, practicing out of his office in Orange, CA.
The band has opened for and played with other acts such as Modern English, The Fixx and Bow Wow Wow to name but a few and is set to open for Missing Persons on January 10th, 2014 at the Saint Rocke in Hermosa Beach.
Hyena Motorcade tracks are available on iTunes and other popular online music retail outlets