I can guarantee you one thing, after you listen to “Motobunny ” you’re going to be walking down the street later today singing “Motobunny, Motobunny”. There is a lot of back history to this band .The Motobunny band members come from established rock acts, including The Love Me Nots, The Seeds, The Woolly Bandits, Zero Zero, Tongue, DeCry, The White Demons, and The Sonic Thrills. They have all performed extensively in the US, Europe, Canada and Australia, including performances with Michael Jackson, Karmin, X, Iggy Pop, The Damned, The Dirtbombs, Mary Weiss, The Neighborhood, Billy Corgan, Little Richard, Jim Adkins (Jimmy Eat World), Prima Donna, Kongos, Pearl Jam, Nirvana, Supersuckers, HarMar Superstar, Kitten, Joe Cocker, New York Dolls, Franz Ferdinand, Jim Jones Revue, official SXSW showcases, and two features in Fender official promotional videos. Motobunny band members’ past and current rock projects have been reviewed in SPIN, Little Steven’s “The Coolest Song in The World” compilations, Rolling Stone, Rock & Folk, Village Voice (Top Albums of the Year), Austin Chronicle (Top Albums of the Year), LA Weekly, Detroit Metro Times, Phoenix New Times (Top Albums of the Year), XMU’s Radar Report, Sirius/XM radio regular rotation and BBC playlists.From Rusty Knucles Music.
. Motobunny is one of the most exciting new garagerock bands that I have listened to in the last few years. It’s leather and Catsuits with screeching guitars and harmonies with backbeats pounding you along. To me it’s like someone said, “if we are going to form a group that can get peoples attention in 2015, what do we need” . Not only do you have some serious kick ass visuals ,you get a killer beat and 2 powerful women singing together and that is more than enough for me. Motobunny has a lot of that early Joan Jett , I’m here and what are you going to do about it vibe going on. They are a force to be reckoned with and if you dig garagerock, you just landed in heaven…
Meet The Band….Motobunny
Hi our name is…. Motobunny
We are….. Christa Collins, Nicole Laurenne, Michael Johnny Walker, Rik Collins
We are from……. Michael: Los Phoenix, Calizona. Rik: Heaven. Nicole: Toon Town. Christa: I’m from the Planet X.
People say we sound like….. Rik: The purring of a finely tuned engine. Nicole: A white leather moto jacket. Christa: Icona Pop over Iggy Pop, slathered with some B-52s.
Who are some that have an influence on you
Michael: Link Wray, Elliot Easton, East Bay Ray, Jimmy Page. Rik: James Jamerson and Charles Bukowski. Nicole: Eric Burdon, Rachel Nagy, Alan Price, Mozart, James Brown, Jack White. Christa: David Bowie, Iggy Pop, Claus Noami, Florence & The Machine, Wanda Jackson.
How old were all of you when you started to play and who plays what in the band.
Michael: I started playing guitar at 16. Rik: 10. Bass. Nicole: I started piano lessons at 8. Started focusing on singing around 1996. Now I do vocals and keytar in Motobunny, and vocals and organ in The Love Me Nots. Christa: I’ve been performing professionally since age 3. Vocals for Motobunny and The Woolly Bandits.
Can you tell us about the process you use, from writing the songs all the way through getting the songs out:
Rik: The process goes like this. Christa and Rik drive through the desert and dock at Michael and Nicole’s studio. We start with shots, usually tequila. We lock our selves in for several days, usually not more than a week, and come out with about 20 demos. Then we settle on the songs we want to record. Rehearse with a drummer. Travel to studios in Detroit and Phoenix, where everyone in the band is very hands-on with mixing and production. Then we got a management deal. Then we shopped the tracks to labels and signed with a cool one in North Carolina. Meanwhile we shot two videos in LA, released 2 singles and gear up for the full album release. Nicole: Christa shows up armed with notebooks full of lost poetry. I mess with fitting them to riffs and beats. The boys come in and turn it into rock. Then we have dinner. Christa: There isn’t really a formula. For me, it varies; sometimes I have a very constructed song to bring to the table. Sometimes it’s just an idea. An idea can come from anywhere; something I read, a line from a conversation I overheard or from inside a dream. Some songs come easier than others. Those tend to be the best ones I think.
what are some of the challenges you face as musicians and how have you overcome those challenges
Michael: Songwriting is challenging, you can do it for years and it’s still hit or miss. Rik: Alcohol abuse. Have not overcome. Nicole: Trying to make any money in this godforsaken, ever-morphing music business. Realizing that the only real payment that lasts anyway is the experience of touring the world with great friends. Trying to convince all the non-musicians in your life that you’re not making that last sentence up. Christa: Staying relevant in a society with little attention span, a false emphasis on the number of facebook likes an artist has, and a 24/7 news cycle.
If you could pick any time to travel back to for music, where would you go and what year would it ….
Michael: Tough choice, either NYC early 50s or London late 60s. Rik: 1967 Los Angeles CA Nicole: Cavemen. Just to see how it all started. Then I’d want to skip ahead to see James Brown perform live in his prime. Then I’d want to jump ahead to 2005 when Michael and I played our first songs together. Because that was magical and I will always want to relive that time over and over.
Who are all of you currently listening to …. Michael: Le Zets, Marty Robbins, Gigi Gryce, Lana Del Rey. Rik: The Ventures, “The Ventures In Space.” Nicole: Ty Segall, The Aquadolls, Parquet Courts, Miles Davis, and Benjamin Booker .
If you could open for any Band right now who would that be and why?
Rik: Die Antwoord because they’re sick. Nicole: The Black Keys, for the arena shows. But the cool thing about Motobunny’s show is that it is just pop enough and yet definitely rocking enough to fit on all kinds of bills, from Dead Sara to Prima Donna to Ariana Grande, from Ty Segall to Parquet Courts to Kongos to Katy Perry. If any of them calls, we’ll take that slot. In fact, our debut show will be us opening for Metalachi, the mariachi metal band. Somehow even that works.
My youngest son is 13 and in a Band, what advice would you offer him…
Michael: Practice, a lot. Rik: Don’t fear any music! Nicole: No one is going to help you. That’s the safest assumption. Train yourself to do everything on your own and learn to enjoy doing all of it. Surround yourself with the best possible musicians you can and listen hard to them. And practice everything with a metronome, nothing builds your chops better.
The one thing we want you to remember while your listening to us….
Rik: This is fun. Nicole: The words. So you can sing along with us at the shows. And that Motobunny is going to have sweet merch, just wait and see.
Our plans for 2015….. Michael: Tour, write a new record, exercise demons. Nicole: Help Michael’s demons get plenty of exercise. That’s actually Rik’s specialty most of the time. And get Motobunny touring its second
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