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New York indie rockers Prince Daddy & The Hyena are back with their new record ‘Cosmic Thrill Seekers’ are ready to take their combination of punk, pop, emo and garage rock internationally. The record is a candid, acute documentation of frontperson Kory Gregory’s cyclical mental health states told through 3 acts and 14 songs. We caught up with Zakariya from the band to talk about the origins and future of Prince Daddy & The Hyena.
PRINCE DADDY & THE HYENA
Indie garage rock
Albany, New York
FOR FANS OF:
Mom Jeans / Oso Oso / Retirement Party
LATEST MUSIC VIDEO:
OCTOBER 17 – BRIGHTON, Green Door Store (w/ Oso Oso)
OCTOBER 18 – MANCHESTER, Deaf Institute (w/ Oso Oso)
OCTOBER 19 – LEEDS, The Key Club (w/ Oso Oso)
OCTOBER 20 – GLASGOW, The Hug & Pint (w/ Oso Oso)
OCTOBER 22 – BIRMINGHAM, The Sunflower Lounge (w/ Oso Oso)
OCTOBER 23 – NOTTINGHAM, Bodega Special (w/ Oso Oso)
OCTOBER 24 – LONDON, Boston Music Rooms (w/ Oso Oso)
OCTOBER 25 – BRISTOL, Louisiana (w/ Oso Oso)
WHAT THE BAND SAY:
DP!: How would you describe yourselves to someone who has never heard Prince Daddy & The Hyena before?
Zakariya: Punchy fuzzed out power pop.
DP!: How did the band form?
Zakariya: Kory used to host shows at his house in Cohoes, Cam & I went pretty regularly! I think it was 2014, after hanging out a few times post-gig, I shot Kory a message over the internet about a fest at the house and we traded demos and I said I wasn’t playing as much music as I wanted to and he asked me to play in a band with him! It was really as simple as that, and sort of just fell together organically from there, I hit up someone I used to play in a band with to play drums, and Cam started playing with us within a month, we recorded a demo, and hit the road! Daniel plays drums with us now and we met on tour in 2016 when we played with his band Pictures of Vernon and I think we were collectively blown away by how good he is at drums(among many other activities, like skateboarding)so later when a new permanent drummer needed to step into the mix it just seemed like a no brainer!
DP!: What plans do you have for the future?
Zakariya: Essentially tour as much of the planet as we can! Keep your eyes peeled!
DP!: Which new bands are you listening to right now?
Zakariya: Strange Ranger, Oso Oso, Macseal, Kississippi, Illuminati Hotties, Remo Drive, California Cousins, Wednesday, Knifeplay, & The Spirit of the Beehive to name a few!
DP!: Which bands do you aspire to and why?
Zakariya: Slipknot & Green Day because they rock.
DP!: What’s the stand out moment in your career so far?
Zakariya: Billie Joe Armstrong regramming a video that has a kid in a P Daddy shirt.
Prince Daddy & The Hyena‘s new album ‘Cosmic Thrill Seekers’ is out now, via Big Scary Monsters and you can download it on iTunes here.
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