Motobunny is a 2014 collaboration formed in the backstage chaos of an Iggy Pop concert between four longtime musician friends. After years of sharing green rooms, tour vans, back lines, and even seedy motel rooms, the four decided to storm the stage together as one thundering, powerhouse rock n roll band with two magnetic front women.
Motobunny promises foot-stomping, glitter-flinging, bass-booming, American rock n roll poised for a 2014 Fall release. The four Motobunny members wrote the band’s self-titled full-length debut album together, collaborated with musicians from Los Angeles, Brooklyn, Phoenix, and Detroit, recorded in Detroit at Ghetto Recorders with Jim Diamond (White Stripes, Electric Six, Dirtbombs, Sights, Detroit Cobras), mixed the record in Phoenix at Flying Blanket Recording with Bob Hoag (Dear in The Headlights, The Format, Ataris, Pollen), and mastered it in Fort Collins at The Blasting Room with Jason Livermore (Rise Against).
Singles are already being aired on stations including Sirius/XM, KROQ (LA), KEXP (Seattle), KWSS (Phoenix), KQ1067 (Phoenix), Blast 1386 (England), WRUR (Rochester), and 89.9FM Radio Valencia (San Francisco), and popular podcasts such as Surfabilly Freakout (Champaign IL) and Radio Free Bakersfield (LA). Motobunny has two self-produced music videos in production with directors in Los Angeles and Phoenix.
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.
Frontwoman Christa Collins (“RoXy Moto”) was the first child solo artist signed to Disney records, played Cosette in the first national touring company of Les Miserables, and eventually became lead singer of LA’s garage act The Woolly Bandits. RoXy recently starred as a Top 8 Finalist in the first season of X Factor USA (2012), made a guest appearance on The Arsenio Hall Show (2014) and has several upcoming film cameos, including feature film Gutshot Straight (playing opposite George Eads (CSI), Steven Lang (Avatar, Salem), Ted Levine (Silence of the Lambs) and Steven Segal).
Frontwoman Nicole Laurenne (“Violet Moto”) began as an award-winning child classical pianist and eventually became lead singer/organist of Phoenix rockers The Love Me Nots, a band that has toured internationally, is on regular rotation on Sirius/XM, signed with French label Bad Reputation, has had tracks placed on Rescue Me, Fairly Legal, and Being Human, appears in two Fender promotional videos, and has been included on Best Album of the Year lists by many national music critics since the band’s inception. The Love Me Nots have been the subject of two feature Rolling Stone (France) articles and specific mentions in SPIN’s “Songs You Need To Download Now.” Violet was named “Best Frontperson” by The Arizona Republic (2010).
Guitarist Michael Johnny Walker (“Death Ray Moto”) has performed at Lollapolooza, founded The Love Me Nots, was listed as number one on The Phoenix New Times’ list of Top 10 Phoenix Guitarists, and is featured in Fender’s “The Soul of Tone” (2009) promo video with Dweezil Zappa. Laurenne and Walker launched a popfuzz side project, Zero Zero, in 2012, which reached the Top 20 Phoenix charts on KWSS (Phoenix) and was listed on Best Phoenix Albums of the Year by The Phoenix New Times.
Bassist Rik Collins (“Bronto Moto”) came up in the LA garagepunk scene and toured and recorded internationally with legendary garage act The Seeds. He founded The Woolly Bandits, an acclaimed garage band in regular rotation on KROQ (LA) that has also toured internationally, produced numerous music videos and is featured in a 2014 Canada Dry whiskey commercial.
Motobunny puts two proven high-energy frontwomen exploding on stage with a girls-just-wanna-have-fun attitude together with hard-hitting rock riffs by some of the best musicians in the current garage rock genre. Motobunny guarantees that its audiences will be covered in sweat and glitter while having the time of their lives!
RoXy Moto (vocals), Violet Moto (vocals/keytar), Death Ray Moto (guitar), Bronto Moto (bass), Quasi Moto (drums)